NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – For the second time in less than three weeks, the Salisbury University women's tennis team will travel to Newport News, Va., this time playing for a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference championship match. The Sea Gulls will face Christopher Newport University on Tuesday, April 22 in the CAC semifinals, with the match starting at 2:30 p.m.
How we got here
The Sea Gulls are 11-7 and finished with a 4-2 conference mark to claim the No. 3 seed. Salisbury, currently the No. 14 team in the Atlantic South region, finished up regular-season conference play on April 13 with an 8-1 win over St. Mary's College of Maryland.
How they got here
Christopher Newport, the No. 13 team in the Atlantic South and No. 2 seed, is 10-10 with a 5-1 conference mark in its first season in the CAC. The Captains were last in action on April 13, a 9-0 sweep of Virginia Wesleyan College.
Sophomore Natalie Savage comes into the match having won seven of her previous eight matches from the top singles spot in the lineup and is currently ranked the No. 12 player in Atlantic South region. Included in that stretch is a win over University of Mary Washington's Lindsay Raulston, the then-No. 12 ranked player in the Atlantic South, 6-1, 6-4, on April 5.
The Port Murray, N.J., is also on a three-match winning streak in doubles play with junior Roxanne Alban. The duo pulled out a hard-fought win on April 15 against the No. 13 regionally-ranked team, Washington College's Marielle McIntyre and April Weaver, 9-7, as part of the streak.
Something's gotta give
Salisbury comes into the match riding a three-match winning streak, while the Captains boast their own five-match roll. The Sea Gulls started a new winning streak after dropping its regular-season match to CNU on April 6, a 7-2 win for the Captains.
The Sea Gulls were able to pick up points from the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions. Savage defeated Jodi Noland in the No. 1 singles match, 6-2, 6-1, while Alban's opponent retired in the second set in the No. 2 spot.
Christopher Newport has been perfect in April, going 5-0. The Captains last dropped a match on March 30, a 5-3 decision to Franklin & Marshall College. Since then, Christopher Newport has won four-straight conference matches and a non-conference match against Virginia Wesleyan. Three of the five matches have been by a 9-0 margin.
The winner of today's contest will take on the winner of No. 1 seed Mary Washington and No. 4 seed St. Mary's, in the CAC Championship. That match is scheduled for this weekend and will be played at the highest remaining seed.