Men's tennis sees numerous deep runs at ITA Southeast Championships

Men's tennis sees numerous deep runs at ITA Southeast Championships

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team traveled to the University of Mary Washington for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Southeast Championships over the weekend, coming away with a strong showing, including a number of wins against Capital Athletic Conference opponents.

In the singles championship draw, senior Daniel Albers picked up a pair of wins. He began with a 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 win against Mary Washington's Evan Charles, then defeated Virginia Wesleyan College's Graham Wilson, 6-3, 6-4. Albers was tripped up in the third round by Will Duncan, from Carnegie Mellon University. Albers took the first set, 6-4, but dropped the next two, 6-2 and 6-4.

Senior Demetri Vrahnos also earned two wins in the championship draw, taking down Johns Hopkins University's Jeremy Dubin in the first round, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and Roanoke College's Joey Ross, 6-2, 6-4. Mary Washington's Tyler Carey eliminated Vrahnos, 6-0, 6-3 in the third round.

Salisbury's third player in the championship draw, junior Eric Spangler, picked up a 6-3, 7-5 win against Christopher Newport University's Arttu Fiva before being knocked out by Carnegie Mellon's Kenny Zheng, 7-4, 7-6 (7-4).

In the B2 singles draw, junior Shanon Gunther was defeated by Franklin & Marshall College's Will Samuels in the opening round, but picked up a pair of wins in the consolation draw, 8-2, against Washington College's Jermy Novick, and 8-4 against Hampden-Sydney College's David Dodson. Gunther was in the consolation final to the end, falling to Haverford College's Ishaan Prinz, 9-7.

Sophomore Grant Hudson, in the B4 singles draw, picked up a pair of three-set wins, first taking down Bridgewater College's Aaron Snook, 6-4, 6-7 (11-9), 10-4, and following that up with a 6-4, 6-7 (7-4), 10-4 win against Ursinus College's Henry Burke.

Freshman Noah Orders, also impressed in his Salisbury debut, advancing to the B5 singles draw finals. Orders topped Muhlenberg College's Edward Goldhill, 6-1, 6-1, and won by the same score against Elizabethtown College's Evan Hinkley. Orders needed three sets to get past Shawn Diniz, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Orders would fall in the draw finals, 8-6.

In the B6 singles draw, freshman Kelson Weber picked up a three-set win, taking down Jon Graber, 6-1, 4-6, 10-3, before falling to Ursinus' Dalton Lynch, 6-3, 7-5, 10-6.

Sophomore Alex Stevenson kept the strong play going in the B7 singles draw, collecting three wins. Stevenson topped Elizabethtown's Michael Yost, 6-0, 6-2, and Hampden-Sydney's Nate Horvit, 7-5, 6-1 before falling to Juniata's Sho Sato, 6-2, 6-0.

Albers and Spangler, who advanced to the NCAA individual championships as a doubles pair last year, advanced to the quarterfinals of the championship doubles draw. After receiving a first-round bye, they topped Mary Washington's Alex Cragg and Nolan Perugini, 8-4 and outlasted Washington & Lee University's Taylor Shamshiri and Joe Siami, 8-6 before falling to Mary Washington's Andrew Curtis and David Lunding-Johansson, 8-4.

Gunther and Vrahnos earned a first-round win in the championship doubles draw, taking down St. Mary's College of Maryland's Mark Hardesty and Connor McKissick, 8-2, before falling in the second round, 8-3, to Washington & Lee's Michael Holt and Chris Hu.

Hudson and Orders teamed up to advance to the B1 doubles draw final, picking up three wins along the way. They topped Garrett Freese and Taylor Napier, 8-3, before beating Franklin & Marshall's Jack Rothman and Kazuhiro Tomioka, 8-6. An 8-2 win against Penn State University-Harrisburg's Victor Costa and Christopher Magee put the Sea Gulls in the draw final, where they fell, 8-5.

Weber and Stevenson took an 8-3 loss to Moravian's Lewis Cooper and Giovani Lombardi, but collected a pair of wins in the consolation draw, defeating Goucher College's John Bescoby and Midori Fujitania, 8-3 and Elizabethtown's Nate Dowling and Michael Yost, 8-2.

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