INDIANAPOLIS – Junior Daniel Albers and sophomore Eric Spangler spent the 2014 as the backbone of the Salisbury University men's tennis team. The pair anchored singles play throughout the year, but did the most damage at the beginning of each match, as the Sea Gulls' top doubles team, and their strong season was rewarded on Wednesday afternoon as the pair was selected for the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship.
They are one of just 16 doubles teams to be selected for the field, which will compete for the national championship from May 22 through May 24 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif.
Albers, from Denville, N.J., and Spangler, from Clinton, Md., combined to anchor the top spot this season, going 17-0, including a 2-0 mark against doubles teams ranked in the Atlantic South Region. The duo gradually climbed the regional rankings, finishing at No. 4 in the Atlantic South Region, while claiming second-team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors.
This was the second year that the pair has played at the top doubles spot. In 2013, Albers and Spangler went 17-5.
This marks Salisbury's first selections for the NCAA tournament field since 2010, when Evan Thomas and Scott Burtzlaff were chosen for doubles play. In 2011, Daniel Barnas and Andrew Nottage were chosen as NCAA championship alternates.
The NCAA's individual championships following the team championships, also played at Claremont, May 19-21.
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