CLAREMONT, Calif. – For the first time since 2010, members of the Salisbury University men's tennis team will compete in the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, as junior Daniel Albers and sophomore Eric Spangler will take the court Thursday at 6 p.m., eastern time. The Sea Gulls' top team will take on Timmy Berg and Pierre Planche of Bates College in the first round of the doubles championships at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
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How we got here
Albers and Spangler are 17-0 so far this season, including a 2-0 mark over teams ranked in the Atlantic South Region.
How they got here
Berg and Planche have gone 13-4 this season, including two wins over nationally-ranked opponents.
Rolling into the championships
Both teams come into Thursday's match riding winning streaks. Salisbury's pair has not lost a match this season, in 17 times on court together, the duo from Bates has picked up six-straight wins, dating back to April 15 when they topped Matt Pataro and Benjamin Battle from Tufts University.
Getting the rust out
The teams will need to get back into the rhythm of action after long layoffs leading into the championships. Spangler and Albers have not played since the Capital Athletic Conference championship match on April 26, a break of 27 days. Berg and Planche's break has been just one less day, with their last match being an 8-3 win on April 27.
The winner of the match will face off against the winner between Joe Dorn and Warren Wood of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, and Byron Balkin and Jake Humphreys from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dorn and Wood are the top-rated team in the tournament. The winner of both matches will play in the quarterfinal round on Friday, with a scheduled start time of 6 p.m., eastern time. In order to win the national championship, a team must win four matches.