NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team saw its season come to a close with a 9-0 defeat at the hands of Christopher Newport University on Wednesday afternoon in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.
The event was a rematch from a week earlier, when the Captains claimed a 6-3 win at the SU Tennis Courts, after the Sea Gulls jumped out to a 3-0 early lead.
Wednesday's match, contested at the indoor courts of Centre Court Racquet Club due to high winds in the area, played out with the Captains (14-5) taking the early 3-0 lead, after doubles play.
At No. 1 doubles, senior Katie Youlios and junior Natalie Savage took a narrow defeat to McKinney Harwood and Alexandra Drye, 8-6. Sophomore Claudia Lohn and freshman Charlotte Walker took an 8-4 defeat at No. 2 and senior Allison Lutz and freshman Megan Soderlund fell at No. 3 doubles, 8-2.
The Captains secured the victory with the first two singles matches that finished up, at No. 3 and No. 4, as Lohn fell at No. 3, by a 6-3, 6-1 score and Soderlund dropped a 6-1, 6-1 match at No. 4.
Salisbury (13-7) forced a pair of third sets at No. 2 and No. 6. Youlios dropped her first set at No. 2, 6-0, before winning the second, 6-3, but in the match tie-breaker, Drye grabbed the match, winning, 10-5. Walker split the first two sets with Isabelle Wessel, at No. 6, but fell, 6-4, 2-6, 10-4.
Savage, at No. 1, went to a tie-breaker in the opening set, before falling in straight sets, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0, and Lutz was defeated at No. 5, by a 6-3, 6-2 score.
The loss closes the careers of seniors Youlios and Lutz, who over four years have compiled more than 170 combined victories. Youlios finishes as the winningest player in program history in doubles play, with a career mark of 55-23, while her 45 singles wins are the third-highest total for a Sea Gull. Lutz also ranks in the top 10 in both singles wins (36) and doubles wins (41), ranking ninth and 10th, respectively.