Sea Gulls end March on a high note with three-match sweep

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Salisbury University men's tennis team improved its record to 8-6 with a three-match sweep over Goucher College, Frostburg State University and Juniata College Saturday at the McDonogh School.

Salisbury dropped only one singles match on its way to its three victories.

In the opening match, the Sea Gulls blanked Goucher (2-8), 9-0, for its second straight victory.

The maroon and gold gained doubles victories from sophomore Daniel Albers and freshman Eric Spangler, 8-1, at No. 1, sophomore Nick Mancuso and junior Shane Gunther, 8-2, at No. 2, and freshman Shanon Gunther and sophomore Matthew McGaffney, 8-2, at No. 3.

The Sea Gulls' effort was aided by strong singles play from Albers, who earned a tough 6-4, 7-5 victory at No. 1, while junior Demetri Vrahnos won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2. At No. 3, freshman Aaron Heffley won the first set at love before outlasting Pat Murnin 6-4 in the second set.

McGaffney and Shannon Gunther earned straight-set victories at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, while junior Josh Meier won in straight sets at love at No. 6 in his season debut.

In the middle matchup of the day, the Sea Gulls earned their second Capital Athletic Conference victory, 9-0, over Frostburg State (0-8, 0-2 CAC).

The highlights of the match came from the middle of the Sea Gull lineup from No. 3 to No. 6 as Shane Gunther, Mancuso, Heffley, and junior Paul Berryman all earned straight-set 6-0, 6-0 victories. Senior Adam Goldberger also earned a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2.

The Sea Gulls swept the doubles action as well with Vrahnos and Goldberger notching an 8-2 victory at No. 1, while Berryman and McGaffney dominated at No. 3 with an 8-0 victory. The No. 2 pair of Mancuso and Shane Gunther also picked up an 8-2 victory at No. 2.

Salisbury (8-6, 2-1 CAC) won the final match of the day against non-conference foe Juniata, 8-1.

Albers and Spangler displayed strong showings for the Sea Gulls at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, with Albers winning 6-0, 7-5 and Spangler earning a 6-0, 6-1 win.

At No. 3, Vrahnos battled to a 7-5 first set victory before rolling to the second-set win, 6-1. At No. 5, Shane Gunther also rolled to victory, winning at love, while McGaffney dropped only one game on his way to victory at No. 6.

The Eagles (6-4) got their only point of the day when Brice Morey defeated Goldberger 6-2, 6-4, at No. 4.

In doubles play, the Sea Gulls' No. 1 pair of Albers and Spangler won decisively at No. 1, 8-1 while Goldberger and Vrahnos won 8-4 at No. 2. The No. 3 pair of Mancuso and Shane Gunther also got in the win column with an 8-0 victory.

Salisbury will look to add to its recent success on Wednesday, April 3 as it travels to Baltimore to take Elizabethtown College in a non-conference match. The match is slated to begin at 3:45 p.m.

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