NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team will travel to Newport News, Va., on Wednesday with an opportunity to advance to the Capital Athletic Conference championship. The Sea Gulls will need a win against Christopher Newport University, with the semifinal match scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
How we got here
The Sea Gulls finished the season 12-4, with a 4-2 conference mark to grab the No. 3 seed in the CAC tournament. Salisbury, ranked No. 19 in the Atlantic South region, finished its regular season this past Thursday, April 17 with a 9-0 victory over Elizabethtown College.
How they got here
Christopher Newport wrapped up its maiden season in the CAC with 5-1 conference mark and 14-7 overall record to claim the No. 2 seed. The Captains, the No. 19 team in the Atlantic South, concluded their regular season with a 6-3 win over Virginia Wesleyan College on April 13.
Starting off right
The team slotted in the No. 1 doubles spot for the Sea Gulls has produced a point in every match to date. Of the 16 times the Sea Gulls have hit the courts, that spot has been occupied by junior Daniel Albers and sophomore Eric Spangler for each match except for one. The highlight of the season to date was an 8-4 victory over the top team in the region, University of Mary Washington's Tyler Carey and Evan Charles. The Sea Gull pair came into the match ranked No. 8 in the region and beat the No. 1 regionally ranked team on April 12.
On April 2 against York College of Pennsylvania, Albers teamed with junior Demetri Vrahnos to take an 8-5 victory from the top doubles position.
Streaks on the line
Both teams come into the match on winnings streaks; the Sea Gulls currently have won three-consecutive matches while Christopher Newport has downed five-straight opponents. Included in the Captains winning streak is a 7-2 decision over the maroon and gold on April 6 in Newport News.
Albers had a hand in both Salisbury points in the match. The Denville, N.J., native teamed with Spangler for an 8-5 victory over Steven Boslet and Sam Thomson, and won his No. 1 singles match 6-3, 6-0 over Thomson.
The winner of today's contest will take on the winner of No. 1 seed Mary Washington and No. 4 seed St. Mary's, in the CAC Championship. That match is scheduled for this weekend and will be played at the highest remaining seed.