Men's tennis takes down Emory & Henry with 7-2 win

Men's tennis takes down Emory & Henry with 7-2 win

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team collected a 7-2 win against Emory & Henry College on Wednesday afternoon at the SU Tennis Courts. The win is Salisbury's second in two home matches this year.

The Gulls took two of the three doubles matches with senior Daniel Barnas and freshman Daniel Albers collecting an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles for the first point of the day. The defeat was the first at No. 1 doubles for the E&H pair of Adam Henderson and Matt Nelson this season. The pair entered the day 14-0.

After an 8-4 win at No. 2 for Emory & Henry, the upper hand heading into the singles matches came down to Salisbury senior Justin Smith and freshman Adam Goldberger against the Wasps' pair of Zach Eccher and Webster Gilley.

Eccher and Gilley tied the match at 5-5 before the Salisbury team collected the next three games, including a break of serve for a 7-5 lead and Goldberger holding serve for the match and a 2-1 Salisbury lead heading to the singles matches.

Salisbury clinched the team victory as the Sea Gulls got wins from senior Curtis Quandt, Smith and freshman Nick Mancuso, with the three matches ending within minutes of each other.

Quandt got the first singles win, taking his No. 4 match 6-3, 6-2 just moments before Smith finished off the No. 5 match, 6-4, 6-0. Mancuso sealed the Salisbury win with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 6.

Salisbury would pick up a pair of hard-fought wins near the top of the lineup with Albers taking his No. 2 singles match, 6-1, 7-5.

As the two remaining matches on court were nearing completion, rain set in forcing the team to the Indoor Tennis Center. Salisbury's top seed, Barnas, finished off a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory and Goldberger fell in a third-set super tie breaker, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 10-7, to Henderson.

Salisbury will play at home again tomorrow, March 29, hosting No. 30 Christopher Newport University at 3 p.m.

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