Sea Gulls sweep Frostburg State 9-0 to extend winning streak

Sea Gulls sweep Frostburg State 9-0 to extend winning streak

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team pushed its winning streak to five-straight matches with a 9-0 win over Frostburg State University, Saturday afternoon at the SU Outdoor Courts.

Over the course of the winning streak, Salisbury (9-2, 3-0 CAC) has dropped only three individual matches and has swept three of its opponents.

The Sea Gulls started strong in doubles play against Frostburg (2-6, 0-3 CAC) to take a 3-0 lead.

Junior Daniel Albers and sophomore Eric Spangler, the No. 11 doubles team in the Atlantic South regional rankings, won their matchup in the No. 1 doubles position, 8-2. Senior Shane Gunther teamed with his brother, sophomore Shanon Gunther in the No. 2 spot, taking an 8-4 victory. Rounding out doubles play was the team of junior Demetri Vrahnos and sophomore Matthew McGaffney, who took their match 8-3.

In the middle of three matchups in three days, Head Coach Randy Halfpap took the opportunity to change up his singles lineup.

Shane Gunther moved up to the No. 1 spot and had the match of the afternoon against Brandon Hall. Hall would take the first set 6-4 but Gunther would rally to take the second set 7-5 before taking the super-tiebreaker 10-8 to claim the match. Both Hall and Gunther had opportunities to claim the match but Gunther was able to finish off the sweep.

Shanon Gunther played in the No. 2 spot and pulled out a hard-fought 6-1, 7-5 win.

Senior Paul Berryman was slotted in the No. 3 position, taking his match 6-4, 6-2.

The second half of the lineup was comprised of the freshmen trio of Grant Hudson, Alex Stevenson and Michael Popielski.

Hudson took his No. 4 matchup 6-1, 6-0, while Stevenson won in the No. 5 spot 6-0, 6-1. Popielski pulled out the win in the final singles matchup, 6-2, 6-4.

The Sea Gulls will wrap up a busy weekend tomorrow, traveling to Newport News, Va., to take on Christopher Newport University. That match is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.

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