SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team split two matches on Saturday afternoon, falling to No. 29 The College of New Jersey, while topping St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Salisbury 3, TCNJ 6
The Sea Gulls dropped their first two points of the day in doubles play. At No. 3 doubles senior Megan Knapp and freshman Taylor Cooper dropped an 8-1 match against TCNJ's Anna Prestera and Alyssa Baldi. At No. 2 doubles junior Claudia Lohn and sophomore Megan Soderlund fell to Emma Allen and J. Muniz-Cadorette. After being down 5-2 the Sea Gull pair came back to 5-4 down until ultimately dropping the match 8-5.
Senior Natalie Savage and junior Zoe Moffat had a strong doubles match at No. 1. Taking an early lead at 5-2, the TCNJ pair of Maddy Stoner and Grace Minassian then came back to within a 5-4 score. The SU duo broke serve with only giving up one more game to take the match 8-5.
In singles play, the Sea Gulls dropped its third point of the day with Lohn at No. 3, being first off the court, 7-5, 6-0 against Sneha Rangu. Savage at No. 1 fell in a tough 6-4, 6-0 match against Brittany Reedman, who is ranked No. 22 in the South Atlantic Region. Cooper was defeated 6-1, 6-2, and Knapp lost 6-2, 6-0, at No. 5 and 6, respectively.
Moffat had a long three-set match at No. 2. After losing the first set 6-4, she came back for the victory, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. In another three-set match, Soderlund won her first set 7-5, but after losing the second set she took it into a third to decide the contest, ultimately winning 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
Salisbury 7, St. Mary's 2
In the Sea Gulls' second match of the day, they earned their first two points at the top two doubles spots. Savage and Moffat did not drop a game to take an 8-0 win. Lohn and Soderlund only dropped one game to grab an 8-1 win. At No. 3 doubles Cooper and Knapp fell 8-6 to St. Mary's Anna Passaniti and Mollie Johnson.
In singles play, first off the court was Soderlund with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4. At No. 5 Cooper was soon off with only dropping two games to finalize her win at 6-2, 6-0. At No. 2 Moffat took her win at 6-2, 6-4 against Passaniti. After being up 4-1 in her second set Moffat gave up the next three games but then ultimately took the victory. Lohn at No. 3 also had a victorious match with her score being 6-1, 6-2.
The last two matches of the day were Savage and sophomore Sage Cole. Savage at No. 1 won her first set 6-2, then lost her second set by the same score. She eventually dropped the match in a third set breaker 10-8.
Cole at No. 6 had a quick 6-0 first set. In her second set she was down 4-1, but only gave up one more game to take the match 6-0, 7-5.
The Sea Gulls will be back on the courts tomorrow morning April 10, on the Outdoor Tennis Courts, hosting Frostburg State University and Washington (Md.) College. The Frostburg State match will begin at 10 a.m., while the Washington contest will start at 2 p.m.