LANCASTER, Pa. - The Salisbury University men's tennis team fell 8-1 to Franklin & Marshall College Saturday afternoon. The loss ends the Sea Gulls' six-match win streak.
Salisbury (10-7) earned its only point of the afternoon at No. 1 doubles as sophomore Daniel Albers and freshman Eric Spangler earned a nail-biting victory, 9-8 (7-3 in the tiebreak) over William MacArthur and Nolan Bacchieri.
The Diplomats (6-6) earned a victory at No. 2 doubles with Ross Silverberg and Tommy Weibye defeating junior Demetri Vrahnos and senior Adam Goldberger 8-5, while Salisbury's No. 3 pair of sophomore Nick Mancuso and junior Shane Gunther fell, 8-4.
Franklin & Marshall, ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic South region, won all six singles matches in claiming the victory. The closest affair came at No. 3 as Vrahnos could not extend his momentum after pulling out the first set 6-4, falling 6-1 in the second and 6-2 in the third to Weibye.
At No. 1 singles, Albers dropped a narrow match to Silverberg 6-4, 7-5 while Spangler lost a tight first set at No. 2, 7-5, before falling 6-2 in the second to MacArthur.
Gunther was tripped up 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 and Goldberger was defeated by Doug Kaplan 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4. At No 6, freshman Matthew McGaffney dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Hamza Pataudi.
Salisbury will try to rebound Tuesday as it returns home to the friendly confines of the SU Tennis Courts to battle the Captains of Christopher Newport University. The match is set for 3:30 p.m.