Sea Gulls sweep Occidental; Men rally for 5-4 win

Sea Gulls sweep Occidental; Men rally for 5-4 win

LOS ANGELES – The Salisbury University tennis teams swept Occidental College Tuesday afternoon, with the men's coming from behind for the win and the women's team swept its match.

Men: Salisbury 5, Occidental 4

The men's team rallied from 4-3 down to take the opening match of its spring break trip, with senior Shane Gunther winning his match to even the score and junior Demetri Vrahnos won the match for the Sea Gulls. Both matches went to a third set, with the Sea Gulls victorious for the come-from-behind victory.

Shane Gunther, in the No. 4 spot, won his match 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 and was the next-to-last singles match. Vrahnos, in the No. 3 position, needed a few extra games to seal his match, winning 6-0, 3-6, 7-5 to improve the Salisbury record to 4-1 on the season.

Salisbury opened the match by defeating Occidental's (1-6) top doubles team, with junior Daniel Albers and sophomore Eric Spangler picking up an 8-1 win.

Spangler also won his singles match, in the No. 2 position, 6-1, 6-4. The Sea Gulls got their other point out of the No. 6 position, with sophomore Shanon Gunther winning his match 6-1, 6-4.

Women: Salisbury 9, Occidental 0

Salisbury (4-3) got back over .500, with each player playing well in the second leg of their spring break trip.

Sophomore Natalie Savage picked up her second singles win in two days from the No. 1 position, with a tight 6-4, 6-7 (3-6), 10-4 win over Occidental's (1-3) Keilani Bonis-Ericksen. Savage teamed with junior Roxanne Alban for an 8-4 doubles victory as well.

Juniors Allison Lutz and Katie Youlios teamed for an 8-0 win in doubles play. Lutz picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win in singles play from the No. 3 spot, with Youlios getting a point with a 6-0, 6-0 win from the No. 2 position. 

Junior Sam Babo and freshman Claudia Lohn played No. 3 doubles and picked up an 8-4 win. Babo played in the No. 5 spot and earned a point with a 6-2, 6-2 win, while Lohn won the No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-2.

Sophomore Megan Knapp rounded out singles play with a 6-0, 6-2 victory from the No. 6 spot.

Both teams will play Sewanee: The University of the South tomorrow, starting at 1 p.m. pacific time. That match will be played in Claremont, Calif.

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