SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team hits the road on Wednesday, April 22, for a Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinal match at No. 40 Christopher Newport University. The match is set to begin at 3 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls went 5-2 in CAC play during the regular season, falling to unbeaten and top-seeded University of Mary Washington and in a head-to-head match against the Captains, which proved to be the difference in Christopher Newport hosting Wednesday's playoff contest. Salisbury carries a 13-6 overall record into Wednesday's match.
How they got here
The Captains went 6-1 in CAC play to gain the No. 2 seed in the conference field and a first-round bye. Christopher Newport's only loss in league play came against Mary Washington, 6-3.
Last time we met
Last Thursday, April 16, the teams met at the SU Tennis Courts in the CAC finale for each squad. With both teams sporting a 5-1 league record at the time, the winner claimed the No. 2 seed and the right to host Wednesday's semifinal match. The Sea Gulls jumped out to a 3-0 lead, sweeping doubles play, but the Captains responded by sweeping the six singles matches for a 6-3 win.
The teams have met 11 times since the 1999 season, with Salisbury winning nine of the showdowns, though the Captains have won two of the last three meetings. The past six contests, dating back to 2008, have been close, with each match decided by either a 6-2 or 7-2 score.
Scouting the Captains
Christopher Newport is 13-5 in the 2015 season, having won seven of their last nine matches, dating back to March 6. The Captains have faced three nationally-ranked programs this year, dropping all three matches, picking up at least one point in all three.
Just like last year?
In 2014, the Captains were able to claim the regular-season match between the two teams, winning 7-2 on April 6 in one of the final CAC matches of the season for each team. The Sea Gulls traveled to Newport News for the CAC semifinal, coming away with a 7-2 win of their own to advance to the CAC championship match.
The winner of Wednesday's match will advance to the CAC championship match on Saturday, April 25, against the winner of Wednesday's other semifinal match between top-seeded University of Mary Washington and fourth-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland.