Tennis teams sweep Southern Virginia 9-0

Tennis teams sweep Southern Virginia 9-0

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University tennis teams picked up 9-0 wins against Southern Virginia University, which will become full members of the Capital Athletic Conference next season, Friday afternoon at the SU Outdoor Courts.

Men: Salisbury 9, Southern Virginia 0

Salisbury (8-2), ranked No. 18 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in the Atlantic South region, picked up its first point from Shane Gunther and Shanon Gunther in the No. 2 singles position with an 8-1 win.

Junior Daniel Albers and sophomore Eric Spangler, the No. 11 doubles team in the region, earned the Sea Gulls' second point, winning 8-0 from the No. 1 doubles position. Junior Demetri Vrahnos and sophomore Matthew McGaffney pulled out an 8-5 win to round out doubles play.

Albers would pick up his second point of the match with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Pradeep Ravisankar, the No. 1 player for Southern Virginia (6-8).

Sophomore Shanon Gunther would secure the match for Salisbury from the No. 4 singles spot with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. His brother, senior Shane Gunther, would also pick up his second point of the match with a 6-0, 6-4 win out of the No. 2 slot.

Freshman Grant Hudson finished after Shane Gunther, a 6-0, 6-1 decision in the No. 6 position. McGaffney would secure his second point of the matchup next, winning 6-4, 6-3 from the No. 3 slot.

Senior Paul Berryman rounded out singles play from the No. 5 spot, taking his match 6-3, 6-4.

Women: Salisbury 9, Southern Virginia 0

Salisbury (7-5), ranked No. 9 in the region, would push its winning streak to three against the Knights.

Sophomore Natalie Savage and junior Roxanne Alban, the No. 7 doubles team in the Atlantic South, gave Salisbury its first point of the match with an 8-0 win in the No. 1 doubles matchup.

The remaining two doubles matches would finish within minutes of each other. The No. 3 team of junior Sam Babo and freshman Claudia Lohn finished ahead of the No. 2 team of juniors Allison Lutz and Katie Youlios; both matches were an 8-1 final.

Alban would pick up the Sea Gulls' first singles point with a 6-0, 6-0 victory, playing in the No. 1 position against Southern Virginia's (6-10) Kirsten Laurence.

Babo would secure the win for the Sea Gulls with a 6-1, 6-0 win from the No. 4 singles spot. Lutz would secure the sixth point of the match for Salisbury, out of the No. 2 spot, with a 6-0, 6-3 victory.

Sophomore Megan Knapp picked up a win from the No. 5 spot, while senior Charlotte Urian won from the No. 6 slot; both matches were 6-0, 6-0.

Lohn finished up singles play with a 6-0, 6-1 win from the No. 3 spot to complete the sweep.

Both teams will be back in action tomorrow, hosting Frostburg State University at 12 p.m. Following that match, the women's team will also take on University of Mary Washington, with a 4 p.m., scheduled start time.

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