SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's tennis team looks to capture the program's fifth conference championship on Saturday, taking on No. 16 University of Mary Washington. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., at the Eagles' University Tennis Center.
How we got here
The Sea Gulls gained a measure of revenge to advance to the championship match with a 6-3 win over Christopher Newport University on Wednesday. Salisbury had dropped its regular season matchup against the Captains, one of two regular-season conference losses. The other was to the team they will face for the CAC crown.
How they got here
Mary Washington swept St. Mary's College of Maryland 9-0 on Wednesday to advance. No Seahawk player or team won more than two games in either of the matchups in the lineup. The Eagles finished the season undefeated in conference play and have won seven of their last eight matches.
Dominating the conference
Since the inception of men's tennis play in the CAC in 1991, no other team has etched its name in the record book as conference champions. Salisbury claimed the conference crown four times, a four-peat from 1996-99, while Mary Washington has 19 titles, including the last 14.
It's been a while
Mary Washington has not dropped a conference match since losing a contest to the Sea Gulls on March 29, 2008. Salisbury came into the contest ranked No. 26 in the nation and pulled out a 5-4 win over the No. 10 Eagles. The match came down to the No. 2 singles match, with Salisbury's Brendan Kincaid winning a three-set thriller, 6-7 (8-6), 7-5, 6-3.
Earlier this year
Mary Washington traveled to the Eastern Shore on April 12 and Salisbury pushed the Eagles to the limit, eventually falling 6-3. The Sea Gulls took a 2-1 lead into singles play but Mary Washington proved to be too much. The Sea Gulls had an opportunity with two swing matches to end the contest but were unable to pull out the victories and dropped the match.