HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team battled Haverford College on Saturday afternoon, but came out one match short, falling 5-4, suffering its first defeat of the season.
The Sea Gulls opened up with a pair of doubles wins as junior Jillian Poppe and freshman Roxanne Alban earned a 9-7 win at No. 1 and junior Elaina Iosue and freshman Allison Lutz collected an 8-3 victory at No. 2.
The Sea Gulls (1-1) earned a pair of singles wins with Alban winning at No. 4, 6-3, 6-3, and Youlios picking up a 6-1, 6-3 triumph at No. 6.
Though the Fords collected four singles victories, nothing came easy as three of those matches went three sets. Poppe won the first set at No. 1 singles, 7-5 before seeing Haverford's Alex Ferarra take the next two sets by matching 7-5 scores. Handlin also picked up a 7-5 first-set win against Donches at No. 3 before Donches took sets of 6-1 and 6-3 for the match victory.
After dropping her first set, 6-2, to Celia Tong, Lutz forced a third set with a 7-5 win in the second. But Tong took the final set, 6-2, for the win. Iosue suffered a 6-1, 6-2 loss as Haverford picked up a win in its first match of the year.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Sunday morning, taking on their first nationally ranked opponent of the season. At 9 a.m., Salisbury will play Carnegie Mellon University in a neutral-site match at Swarthmore, Pa.