Sea Gulls fall in Texas trip opener, 8-1 at UT-Dallas
DALLAS – The Salisbury University men's tennis team opened its spring break trip to Texas by taking an 8-1 loss at the University of Texas at Dallas, 8-1, on Monday afternoon. The Sea Gulls saw their two-match winning streak snapped in the loss.
Sophomore Daniel Albers and freshman Eric Spangler claimed Salisbury's point at No. 1 doubles, with an 8-3 win over Casey Clark and Dustin Foster. The UT-Dallas pair is ranked No. 5 in the West Region. Albers and Spangler improve to 5-3 this season and even their mark against regionally ranked opponents at 1-1.
Senior Adam Goldberger and junior Demetri Vrahnos took a narrow loss at No. 2, falling 9-8 (7-3) to Matthew Davis and Dennis Roy while sophomore Nick Mancuso and junior Shane Gunther fell 8-4 at No. 3.
Albers, at No. 1 singles, and Vrahnos, at No. 3, each went three sets before taking losses. Albers' match saw three scores of 6-3 with the Sea Gull taking the second set. Vrahnos claimed his first set against Foster, 7-5, before falling 6-2 and Foster claimed the third-set super tie-breaker, 10-8. The loss was just the second of the season for Vrahnos.
Goldberger, Mancuso and Gunther each won five games in their matches. Goldberger lost 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4 while Mancuso and Gunther, at Nos. 5 and 6 respectively, each fell 6-2, 6-3.
Salisbury (3-5) continues its trip on Tuesday, traveling to Austin College. The match is slated to begin at 5 p.m., eastern time.