SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis teams opened the season this weekend with the 15th Annual Sea Gull Open at the Salisbury University Indoor Tennis Center.
The non-NCAA-sanctioned event took place over three days with Salisbury team members and members of the local tennis-playing community. The Sea Gulls got their first action of the year with senior Daniel Barnas making the deepest runs.
Barnas, who is expected to be at the top of the Salisbury lineup this season, played into late Sunday, advancing to the semifinals of both the singles and doubles draw. After receiving a first-round bye, the La Plata, Md., native won his first two singles matches in straight sets before falling in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion, and current SU assistant coach, Brendan Kincaid.
Salisbury freshman Daniel Albers teamed with Barnas to advance to the doubles semifinals, falling to Kincaid and Salisbury Head Coach Randy Halfpap, who would end up winning the event. Barnas and Albers claimed the first set 6-4 before Kincaid and Halfpap came back to take the next two 6-2 and 6-3 for the win.
Albers also won two singles matches, to advance to the quarterfinals.
Senior Curtis Quandt, junior Adam Goldberger and sophomore Shane Gunther each earned singles victories in the tournament on the men's side while Quandt and freshman Nick Mancuso advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw.
On the women's side, Salisbury juniors Jillian Poppe and Elaina Iosue along with freshman Roxanne Alban each advanced to the quarterfinals. Poppe won the first set of her quarterfinal match before dropping the next two.
The event marked important match experience for each of the players as Halfpap works on finalizing his roster prior to the first dual match for each team. The women open play at home against Catholic University of America on Feb. 24 while the men will begin on March 3 hosting the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Hood College.