Sea Gulls extend streak to 17 with two CAC victories

Sea Gulls extend streak to 17 with two CAC victories

SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University women's tennis team extended its winning streak to 17 matches with Capital Athletic Conference victories over Wesley College and St. Mary's College of Maryland Saturday. The 17th win of the season also marks a program record for wins in a season, passing the 2008 team which finished 16-5.

With the wins, the Sea Gulls (17-2, 4-1) clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming CAC tournament and are assured of at least one home match in the tournament.

The maroon and gold earned a 9-0 victory over St. Mary's (12-9, 3-2 CAC). The Sea Gulls were paced in victory by sophomore Roxanne Alban who cruised 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles and senior Elaina Iosue who collected a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 2 over Emily Stumpfig.

Junior Jessica Babyak dominated 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 while senior Victoria Handlin only dropped one game in the second set, winning 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5.

At No. 4, sophomore Katie Youlios accelerated to a 4-1 lead in the first set, winning 6-1 and then taking the second by a score of 6-3, while freshman Natalie Savage fought off the tough challenge of Shannon Ramsey, earning a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 1.

The No. 1 doubles pair for the Sea Gulls, Alban and Savage, made quick work of Stumpfig and Lauren Rost, 8-1 before Babyak and Handlin notched the second point of the match for Salisbury, 8-1, at No. 3. Iosue and Youlios wrapped up the doubles sweep for the Sea Gulls, nailing down an 8-2 victory over Ramsey and Alyssa Stine.

In the opening match, Salisbury came away with a 9-0 victory over Wesley (1-5, 0-4 CAC). Sophomores Allison Lutz and Sam Babo each rolled 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.

Junior Charlotte Urian also gained a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 4, while freshman Megan Knapp dropped only one game on her way to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3.

In doubles, the No. 1 pair of Lutz and Babo collected an 8-0 victory, while the Sea Gull duo of Knapp and freshman Kari Lamboni secured an 8-0 win at No. 2.

The Sea Gulls look for win number 18 when they return to action Friday, April 19 for their final home regular season contest, hosting Washington (Md.) College at the SU Tennis Courts. The match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

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