Albers claims singles, doubles titles in Sea Gull Open

Albers claims singles, doubles titles in Sea Gull Open

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team saw its first action of the season this weekend, in the Sea Gull Open, contested at the Salisbury University Indoor Tennis Center Friday through Sunday.

Senior Daniel Albers made the most of the opportunity, claiming the singles title and teaming with junior Eric Spangler to pick up the doubles championship, as well.

 In the doubles final, Albers and Spangler, the top-seeded team, picked up early breaks in each set of a 6-4, 6-3 win against former Sea Gull Evan Thomas and his partner, Dustin Nelson.

Albers squared off with fellow senior Demetri Vrahnos in the singles final and battled to collect a three-set victory. Albers grabbed the first set, 6-3, before Vrahnos took the second by the same score, picking up a service break midway through the set. Albers would claim the final set, 7-5, to take the title.

The three-set match was Vrahnos' second of the day, needing three sets to get past Spangler in the semifinals on Sunday morning. Spangler won the first set before Vrahnos took early control of the second, leading 3-0, before winning the set 6-4, and closing the match with a 6-0 win in the third set.

Spangler, the second seed in the draw, earned a pair of straight-set wins before falling to Vrahnos. Vrahnos won three matches in straight sets, including a 6-0, 6-1 win and 6-0, 6-0 victory over the third-seeded Matthew Feeley, to get to the semifinal match.

Freshman Sean Ngo had an impressive debut in maroon and gold, collecting a 6-2, 6-3 victory in the opening round before claiming a 6-2, 6-4 win in the round of 16.

Salisbury also saw opening round wins from senior Adam Goldberger and junior Shanon Gunther. Goldberger won 6-0, 6-0 before being eliminated by Vrahnos, while Gunther worked for a three-set victory, coming from a set down, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The doubles final was the third of three-consecutive straight-set wins for Albers and Spangler, the top-seeded pair in the draw.

Gunther and Vrahnos paired up for a first-round win of 6-2, 6-1 in the doubles draw before being eliminated.

The Sea Gulls will get their first taste of dual match play next Saturday, February 21, hosting Juniata College. That match is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

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