Sea Gull tennis teams defeat Washington College; Men 7-2, Women 8-1

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The Salisbury University tennis teams didn't have to go far from home on Wednesday afternoon to pick up wins, defeating Washington (Md.) College. The men's team won 7-2 and the women's team was victorious 8-1, as each team now has won back-to-back matches.

Men: Salisbury 7, Washington 2

Salisbury (11-4) jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play and dropped a solo singles match to pick up the win.

The team of junior Daniel Albers and sophomore Eric Spangler picked up their 14th-straight win to remain unbeaten from the No. 1 spot with an 8-3 doubles win.

Junior Demetri Vrahnos and sophomore Matthew McGaffney earned an 8-4 win from the No. 3 position over Joel Novick and Corey Pippin.

Washington (7-6) picked up its lone doubles victory from the No. 2 spot in the lineup, when Jeremy Novick and Ryan Holtschneider defeated senior Shane Gunther and sophomoreShanon Gunther 8-4.

The Sea Gulls dropped a combined four games from the top half of the singles lineup to secure the match. Albers won the No. 1 matchup without dropping a game over Vishnu Rajes. Spangler would drop a game in the first set and not another to win from the No. 2 spot.

Vrahnos would win in the No. 3 spot, as he took a clean first set and won the second 6-3.

Shane Gunther would again faceoff against Holtschneider in the No. 4 slot and batteld to get the win. Gunther dropped the first set 6-0 and needed extra games to claim the second set, 7-5. The two would play a super-tiebreaker, with Gunther coming out victorious 10-6.

Shane Gunther would round out singles play with a victory in the No. 6 spot, winning 6-1 in the first set and needing a tiebreaker to claim the second set, 7-6 (7-3).

The Shoremen picked up their point in singles play from the No. 5 position, as Jeremy Novick defeated McGaffney 6-1, 7-5.

Women: Salisbury 8, Washington 1

The Sea Gulls would gain the early advantage after doubles play, as they did not drop any of the three matchups.

Sophomore Natalie Savage and junior Roxanne Alban would defeat the No. 13 team in the Atlantic South Region, April Weaver and Marielle McIntyre, 9-7.

Salisbury (10-7) would take the No. 2 and No. 3 matches by dropping just one game. In the No. 2 spot, juniors Allison Lutz and Katie Youlios won 8-0, while junior Sam Babo and freshman Claudia Lohn were victorious in the No. 3 spot, 8-1.

The Sea Gulls were able to roll through many of the singles matches as well, with a battle at the top of the lineup.

Youlios was victorious from the No. 3 spot, 6-1, 6-2, over Washington's (3-10) Emily Evans. Her doubles partner, Lutz, dropped a game in the first set and swept the second set to win the No. 4 matchup.

Neither Lohn, in the No. 5 spot, and Babo, from the No. 6 position, dropped a game in either set to pick up 6-0, 6-0 singles wins.

Savage, the No. 12 player in the Atlantic South rankings, took on Weaver, ranked two spots ahead of her, in the No. 1 singles matchup. The two battled back and forth, as expected from two tightly ranked opponents.

Weaver would take the first set 6-2 and Savage answered with a 6-4 second set victory. The two would play a back-and-forth super-tiebreaker to decide the matchup, which Weaver would take 10-7 for the lone Washington point of the match.

Alban picked up a victory by default from the No. 2 slot.

Both teams will be in action tomorrow, traveling to Pennsylvania to take on Elizabethtown College. Those matches are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

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