SALISBURY, Md. – The 23rd-ranked Salisbury University men's tennis team squared off against Vassar College for the first time in program history on Friday afternoon, dropping a tough 7-2 decision to the Brewers.
Sophomore Henry Stuhler maintained his stronghold on the No. 5 spot for the Sea Gulls, winning his match by scores of 6-2, 6-1; Stuhler is now 3-0 in 2011 in the No. 5 slot. The No. 1 and No. 6 singles matches both came down to the wire, with junior Justin Smith suffering a narrow defeat in a third-set tie breaker at the hands of Vassar's Nick Jasso.
All three doubles matches between the Sea Gulls (1-2) and Brewers (3-1) were also closely contested; two of them, the No. 1 and No. 3 matches, went to nine games but both resulted in Vassar victories. Stuhler and teammate David Lupinetti earned the 8-6 victory in the No. 2 match.
March 12 will be a big day on the court for Salisbury. The Sea Gulls are set to host three matches, starting with Capital Athletic Conference opponents Wesley College (9 a.m.) and York (Pa.) College (noon) before wrapping up with a match against Virginia Wesleyan College at 3 p.m.