Women's tennis rolls to third straight win, 8-1, over Roanoke

Women's tennis rolls to third straight win, 8-1, over Roanoke

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Salisbury University women's tennis team defeated Roanoke College, 8-1, for its third consecutive victory Sunday morning in a neutral site match played at Virginia Wesleyan College.

The Sea Gulls, ranked No. 16 in the Atlantic South Region, started strong once again, taking all three doubles matches. The results did not come easy, however, as senior Jillian Poppe and freshman Natalie Savage, ranked No. 4 in the region, captured a close victory at No. 1 doubles over Jenny Antoszyk and Corbin Leitch, 9-8, taking the tie-breaker 7-5.

The No. 2 pair of senior Elaina Iosue and sophomore Roxanne Alban continued their hot streak with a narrow victory over Laura Dodson and Briell Smith, 8-6, and sophomore Katie Youlios and junior Jessica Babyak completed the doubles sweep with an 8-1 victory over Kristen McDowell and Brianna Carroll, at No. 3.

The Sea Gulls (3-2) continued their impressive play in singles action, taking five of the six matches for the final margin.

Savage got in the win column for the Gulls at No. 2, rolling past Leitch 6-2, 6-1, while Iosue won at No. 3, 6-3, 6-4.  

Alban added to the Salisbury cause in dropping only two total games on her way to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Smith at No. 4, and Youlios capped her strong weekend with a 6-1, 6-0 win over McDowell at No. 5 singles.

Senior Victoria Handlin picked up her third straight win, dropping only three games in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kaitlyn Diskerud at No. 6.  

Roanoke (3-2) got its only point of the match as Antoszyk, the No. 22-ranked singles player in the Atlantic South region, downed Poppe at No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-4.

The Sea Gulls will look to keep the momentum going for their first home match of the season, Wednesday, March 13 when they battle Capital Athletic Conference foe York (Pa.) College. The match is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m., at the SU Tennis Courts.

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