Women's tennis travels to CNU for CAC semifinal on Wednesday

Women's tennis travels to CNU for CAC semifinal on Wednesday

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team continues its run in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday at Christopher Newport University. The semifinal match is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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How we got here

After going 5-2 in CAC play during the regular season, the second-seeded Sea Gulls (12-6) opened tournament competition with a 9-0 win against sixth-seeded Penn State University-Harrisburg this past Saturday. Senior Shannon Hickman and freshman Sarah Dover each earned two points on the day. The duo won at No. 3 doubles by an 8-1 score and each won their singles match, as well. Hickman claimed a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 1 while Dover earned a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2.

How they got here

The Captains (12-7) went 6-1 in CAC play to earn the No. 2 seed in the tournament before dispatching of seventh-seeded Frostburg State University in the opening round, 5-0. The Bobcats were unable to win a game in the five matches that led to the final score. Of the four singles matches still on court, Frostburg State was able to win just two total games.

Last time we met

The teams got together just a few weeks ago, with Christopher Newport picking up a 9-0 win on April 14. The closest doubles match was an 8-3 contest while one singles match made to three sets, where junior Jordan Schaefer dropped a 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 contest.

Scouting the Captains

The Captains enter the semifinal match having won three straight contests without dropping a point in that time. Christopher Newport is led by Johanna Ranta-Aho, who enters as the No. 8-ranked singles player in the Atlantic South region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and part of the No. 9-ranked doubles pair, along with Olivia Reed.

Coming together late

With a handful of new faces in maroon and gold this season, the doubles lineup for Head Coach Randy Halfpap has seen some shuffling as the pairs of developed. The top spot has landed on the pair of junior Annika Kezman and sophomore Laura Brown, who have played together nine times with a 6-3 mark. The team has accounted for six of the eight No. 1 doubles wins for Salisbury this season.

Up next

The winner of Wednesday's match will advance to the CAC title match on Saturday, May 4, taking on the winner of Wednesday's other semifinal match between top-seeded University of Mary Washington and No. 4-seeded Southern Virginia University.