Youlios takes Sea Gull Open women's championship

Youlios takes Sea Gull Open women's championship

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team got some match competition over the weekend, hosting the Sea Gull Open, the annual open tournament held at the SU Indoor Tennis Center and saw an all Sea Gull final as senior Katie Youlios and junior Natalie Savage squared off for the title.

Youlios came out with the championship, claiming the final in three sets after Savage had taken the first, 6-1. Youlios trailed in the second set, 2-1, but was able to break Savage's serve twice to grab a 5-2 lead. Savage would cut the lead, but Youlios squared the match with a 6-3 win in the second set.

Savage would take a 3-2 lead in the final set, but a late break gave Youlios a 4-3 edge. Each player broke the other's serve, giving Youlios a chance to serve for the match. Up 40-30, Youlios had a chance, but Savage would battle back to break and a few minutes later, the players went to a tie-breaker.

Savage held a 4-3 lead in the tie-breaker, with the serve, but Youlios was good for four-straight points to claim the championship.

Youlios won three straight-set matches to advance to the championship, including dispatching second-seeded Elaina Iosue, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals. Youlios lost just seven games in her first three matches before lining up with Savage.

Following a first-round bye, Savage advanced to the finals with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Salisbury sophomore Claudia Lohn and earned a 6-0, 6-0 win against freshman Megan Soderlund.

Soderlund battled through a three-set effort against former Sea Gull Roxanne Alban in the quarterfinals on Saturday to advance to Sunday's semifinal round. Soderlund won the first set, 6-3, before dropping the second, 7-5. In the decisive third set, Soderlund advanced, 6-4.

Along with Lohn, senior Sam Babo and junior Megan Knapp also won first-round matches before being eliminated.

The Sea Gulls will be back to dual meet action this Friday, February 20, hosting Juniata College. That match is slated to begin at 4 p.m.

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