Sea Gulls fall to No. 18 Mary Washington, 8-1

Sea Gulls fall to No. 18 Mary Washington, 8-1

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team took just its third loss of the season, falling on Thursday afternoon to No. 18 University of Mary Washington, 8-1, at the SU Tennis Courts.

The Sea Gulls (9-3, 1-2 Capital Athletic Conference) dropped the first three points in doubles play to the Eagles (11-2, 3-0 CAC). Senior Natalie Savage and junior Zoe Moffat had a tough battle at the No. 1 spot dropping an 8-3 match to Mary Washington's Kait Brogan and Shelby Harris, who are the fifth-ranked doubles team in the nation.

At No. 3 doubles, senior Megan Knapp and freshman Taylor Cooper also fell to Caroline Mosberg and Sara Fioretti, who are the No. 25-ranked doubles pair in the country. Knapp and Cooper held close, down just 5-4, but ultimately fell, 8-4.

At No. 2 doubles, junior Claudia Lohn and sophomore Megan Soderlund were the last doubles match on the court. They took their match to a tiebreak, dropping the contest, 9-8 (7-2). 

In singles play, the Eagles took the victory with the first two singles matches off the court. Knapp fell at the No. 6 spot 6-0, 6-0, and Cooper dropped her No. 6 match 6-2, 6-1. Soderlund, at No. 4 singles, dropped her match 6-2, 6-0.

At No. 2, Moffat faced Harris who retired from the match due to injury with the Salisbury junior up 5-4 in the first set.

Savage, at the No. 1 spot facing Brogan, battled in her opening set. After being down 5-2, Savage came back to make it 5-4, but Brogan was able to hold on in the opening set and take the match 6-4, 6-1.

Lohn, at No. 3 singles, was the last match on the court, taking it into a third set tiebreaker. She lost the first set, 6-4, to Hannah Jabusch, succeeding in the second set, 6-3, and then ultimately losing the match, 10-8, in the breaker. 

The Sea Gulls will return to action on Saturday, April 2 at CAC foe York College of Pennsylvania, with the match starting at 1 p.m.

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