FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Salisbury University's men's tennis team fell to the University of Mary Washington in the Capital Athletic Conference championship match, 8-1, Saturday afternoon.
At No. 2, senior Adam Goldberger and junior Demetri Vrahnos fell behind 3-0 but earned a break to cut the score to 3-2 against Alex Blakhin and Sam Wichlin before the Eagles extended the lead to 5-2, ultimately collecting an 8-3 victory.
The Sea Gulls duo of sophomore Daniel Albers and freshman Eric Spangler held a lead at No. 1 over Tyler Carey and Kaleb Nguyen, 4-3, before the Eagles earned a break to take a 7-6 advantage. The Eagles then held on for a 9-7 win and their third point.
Salisbury got on the board at No. 2 singles via retirement as Blakhin retired after being up on Spangler 5-2. At Nos. 5 and 6, neither Gunther nor Mancuso could gain momentum with each falling 6-0, 6-0.
Goldberger fell 6-3, 6-3 after holding early leads in both sets at No. 4 and Vrahnos dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Evan Charles at No. 3.
At No. 1, Albers battled Carey, ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic South region, in two hard-fought sets, dropping each 7-5 and wrapping up an 8-1 win for UMW.
The Sea Gulls finish the 2013 campaign with a 14-10 record.