SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury University men's tennis team fell to Christopher Newport University, 7-2, Tuesday afternoon at the SU Tennis Courts. The loss is the second straight for the Sea Gulls.
The Captains (13-4) earned wins in two of the three doubles matches of the afternoon.
Salisbury's lone doubles point came at No. 1 as sophomore Daniel Albers and freshman Eric Spangler came out on top with an 8-4 victory over Kyle Tobin and Robbie Wagner. After trailing 3-2, the pair picked up a break to take a 4-3 lead. The duo then broke Wagner's serve to go up 7-4, before Albers served out for the win.
At No. 2, senior Adam Goldberger and junior Demetri Vrahnos held a 5-4 advantage before falling behind 6-5. After breaking back to gain a 7-6 lead, CNU's pair of Joey Manilla and Will Sloan broke on Goldberger's serve to earn a 9-7 win.
Junior Shane Gunther and sophomore Nick Mancuso dropped an 8-3 decision to Chiraag Shetty and Lloyd Luck. The duo earned a break, down 4-1 to cut the deficit to 4-3, but that is as close as the pair would get.
The Sea Gulls (10-8) got on the board in singles play at No. 2 as Spangler glided to a smooth 6-1 first-set win before fighting back in the second with a crucial break to take the set 6-4.
CNU earned wins in the final five matches of the day, but not without some fight from the Sea Gulls.
At No. 1, Albers could not sustain his momentum from a 6-4 first-set win, falling 6-2, 6-2 in the second and third sets to Shetty.
Another close call for the maroon and gold came at No. 3 as Vrahnos battled Manilla in three hard-fought sets, all decided by the same scoreline, 6-4. Manilla grabbed the first before Vrahnos rallied to take the match to a deciding set. The contest was forced to change courts due to the onset of darkness but Vrahnos fell in the final set.
At No. 4, Goldberger went back and forth with Wagner, trading 6-4 set wins. Goldberger battled back from 4-3 down in the second to take it 6-4. The third-set super tie-breaker went in Wagner's favor, edging Goldberger 10-7.
At No. 5, Gunther and Sloan battled to a first set tie-break which Sloan took by the close margin of 7-5. Gunther could not muster much more resistance, falling 6-2 in the second, while Mancuso fell by a score of 6-3, 6-1 to Luck at No. 6.
Salisbury returns to action and will look to rebound Saturday at the SU Tennis Courts when it battles two Capital Athletic Conference foes in Wesley College and St. Mary's College of Maryland. The match against Wesley is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., while the St. Mary's match is set for 2:30 p.m.