Sea Gulls conclude regular season with 6-3 win over Haverford

Sea Gulls conclude regular season with 6-3 win over Haverford

SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University women's tennis team concluded its regular season Sunday afternoon with a hard-fought 6-3 victory over Haverford College for their 19th straight win.

The Sea Gulls enter the Capital Athletic Conference tournament next week with a 19-2 record and the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

In doubles action, the Sea Gulls rolled to a sweep with senior Elaina Iosue and sophomore Katie Youlios earning an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles.  At No. 3, senior Victoria Handlin and junior Jessica Babyak fell down an early break, 1-0, before breaking back for a 2-1 lead.

The pair then won four games to shoot out to a 6-1 lead. The Haverford pair of Kate Donches and Rachel Torg climbed back to 6-3 down, but Handlin and Babyak held on for an 8-5 win.

At No. 1, the Sea Gull duo of freshman Natalie Savage and sophomore Roxanne Alban earned an 8-2 victory over Caitlin Gallagher and Alex Ferrara, the No. 9 doubles team in the Atlantic South region.

The maroon and gold earned an early break off Ferrara's serve to go up 1-0. Savage came back with a hold of serve for a 2-0 lead. The pair then was able to stave off the Haverford challenge for the win.

The action was tense in singles as Youlios collected the fourth point for Salisbury, defeating Celia Tong 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4. Youlios came from behind after an early break in the first and then cruised in the second for the victory.

The Fords (10-5) stormed back as Donches defeated Babyak 6-4, 6-1 at No. 6 for their first point of the afternoon. Donches overcame an early break in the first set to snatch the victory.

Haverford's Robyn Himelstein made the score 4-2 as she took down Alban at No. 3, 6-3, 6-3, but the Sea Gulls responded as Handlin captured a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win over Kristen Andersen to seal the win for the maroon and gold.

At No. 1, Savage claimed a hard-earned 6-3, 6-4 win over Gallagher, who is ranked No. 14 in the Atlantic South Region, while at No. 2, Iosue and Ferrara battled each other in three sets with Ferrara coming out on top, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. Iosue earned the first set after capturing an early break, but could not hold on to the momentum.

The Sea Gulls will next be in action Tuesday when they host St. Mary's College of Maryland in the CAC semifinals at the SU Tennis Courts. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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