Women's tennis falls in CAC opener at Christopher Newport, 7-2

Women's tennis falls in CAC opener at Christopher Newport, 7-2

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 7-2 decision at No. 37 Christopher Newport University in each team's Capital Athletic Conference opener on Sunday morning.

The Captains (4-0, 1-0 CAC) swept the three doubles matches to open the day, despite a strong fight from the Sea Gulls.

Senior Natalie Savage and junior Zoe Moffat battled at No. 1 doubles, but fell to McKinney Harwood and Katie Carlson, 8-6. Salisbury dropped the other two doubles matches by 8-3 scores with junior Claudia Lohn and sophomore Megan Soderlund falling at No. 2 and senior Megan Knapp and freshman Taylor Cooper falling at No. 3.

Salisbury (2-1, 0-1 CAC) collected its two points at the top of the singles lineup with Savage remaining perfect in singles play this year with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Harwood at No. 1, and Moffat grabbing a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 2 against Carlson, also improving to 3-0 in singles play in 2016.

Lohn put up a fight in each set of her 6-3, 6-3 loss at No. 3 and Soderlund took a 6-1, 6-2 defeat at No. 4. Cooper at No. 5 singles, and Knapp at No. 6, each fell to their Christopher Newport counterparts by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

Salisbury will return to action on Friday, February 19 hosting Juniata College in the Sea Gulls' home opener; the match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

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