Gunthers lead Salisbury in strong showing at ITA Southeast Regional Championships
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team made a big impact on the ITA Southeast Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Mary Washington over the weekend.
Salisbury saw five individuals or doubles teams play into the semifinals of their particular flight, including one flight championship.
Senior Shane Gunther teamed up with his brother, sophomore Shanon Gunther, in the first flight of doubles play and the pair rattled off four wins to claim the championship. After rolling to an 8-1 win in the first round, the road got tougher, needing wins of 9-8 and 8-5 to get to the title match against Juniata College's Bryan Gregory and Justin Wisniewski. The Salisbury duo claimed the championship with a 9-8 win in the finals.
Shanon Gunther also made a deep run in sixth flight singles, advancing to the championship match, battling through a pair of three-set victories. He won in the first round 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 and claimed another three-set win 6-1, 4-6, 10-7 in the semifinals. After a 6-4, 6-1 win in the semifinals, Gunther advanced to the title match against Hampden-Sydney College's David Dodson. But Dodson would prevail, with a 6-3, 6-3 victory.
Shane Gunther earned a pair of singles wins, advancing to the semifinal round of the second flight, with wins of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-4, 7-5 before falling in the semifinals, 5-7, 7-4, 6-2.
In the fifth flight singles, sophomore Matthew McGaffney also made a run to the semifinals. He posted straight-set wins of 6-2, 6-4 and 6-4, 7-5 before falling to the eventual champion, Washington (Md.) College's Jeremy Novick, 7-5, 6-2.
Junior Daniel Albers and sophomore Eric Spangler dropped their first match in the championship doubles draw, but bounced back to win the next five matches, to claim the title in the consolation bracket. Albers and Spangler earned one win due to injury withdrawal, and picked up wins of 8-6, 8-4 and 9-8 before topping Virginia Wesleyan College's Drew Tomajczk and Graham Wilson in the consolation finals, 9-8.
Albers and Spangler each won one match in the championship singles flight. Albers claimed a 6-3, 6-1 win before being eliminated in the second round in three sets, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2. Spangler won 6-0, 6-3 in his first-round match.
Senior Paul Berryman picked up a 6-3, 6-3 win in the first round of seventh flight singles, before falling, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round.
Berryman and McGaffney dropped their opening doubles match in the second flight, but rebounded with an 8-5 victory in the consolation round.
The Sea Gulls begin the 2014 season with the Sea Gull Open at the SU Indoor Tennis Center on Feb. 7.