Sea Gulls advance to CAC championship with 8-1 win over St. Mary's

SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's tennis team advanced to the CAC championship match to take on the University of Mary Washington after defeating St. Mary's College of Maryland, 8-1, Wednesday afternoon in a tournament semifinal at the SU Tennis Courts.

Salisbury (14-9) earned wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles, with each Sea Gull pair capturing 8-1 wins. Senior Adam Goldberger and junior Demetri Vrahnos avenged their loss 11 days ago at No. 2. At No. 1, sophomore Daniel Albers and freshman Eric Spangler battled the Seahawk (11-8) duo of Andrew Gear and Mark Hardesty. 

The Sea Gulls quickly broke Gear's serve after he double-faulted at the end of a long game, featuring numerous deuce points, for a 1-0 lead. The Seahawks responded with a break on Spangler's serve a few games later to knot the score at 4-4.

The teams traded breaks before heading to a tie-breaker at 8-8, which was all Salisbury, with Albers and Spangler claiming victory, 7-1 and the doubles sweep.

In singles action, the Sea Gulls earned three wins within minutes of each other in sealing the semifinal victory as sophomore Nick Mancuso battled to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Robert Bishop at No. 6, while junior Shane Gunther dominated at No. 5, cruising 6-1, 6-1 over Wyatt Paulishak.

Goldberger was in a tight match early, winning the first set 6-4, but found his groove in the second, taking it 6-1 over Jay Guzzone, at No. 4.

Spangler and Vrahnos each picked up singles victories at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Spangler cruised past Hardesty for the second time this season, 6-1, 6-3, while Vrahnos defeated John Feighner 6-3, 6-3 coming from behind in each set.

At No. 1, Gear toppled Albers, defeating him 6-2, 6-0 and earned the only point on the day for the Seahawks.

The Sea Gulls will next play Saturday in the CAC championship match at the University of Mary Washington. Match time is yet to be determined. Check for updates at www.suseagulls.com as information becomes available.

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