SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team is set to host a rematch with Christopher Newport University just five days after the teams' last meeting. This time it's a postseason match with a trip to the Capital Athletic Conference championship match on the line. The CAC semifinal contest will begin at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, April 21.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls dropped just one CAC regular-season contest, falling 6-3 to the University of Mary Washington and needed a win against the Captains in the season finale last Thursday to gain the No. 2 seed in the tournament, and a home match on Tuesday, following a first-round bye.
How they got here
The Captains dropped two matches in CAC play this year, falling last week to Salisbury, and also taking an 8-1 loss to Mary Washington on April 7. Christopher Newport earned the No. 3 seed, and a first-round bye.
Last time we met
The teams came together on Thursday, April 16, with the No. 2 seed and the right to host the CAC semifinal matchup on the line. The match, played at the SU Tennis Courts, came down to the final showdown on court, the No. 5 singles match, with Salisbury freshman Sean Ngo outlasting Arttu Fiva in three sets, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, giving the Gulls the 5-4 victory and the chance to stay home for their first tournament match.
The Sea Gulls hold a 13-6 all-time advantage in the series between the two programs, with Salisbury claiming the past two meetings, the win on Thursday and a 6-3 win in last year's CAC semifinal round, played in Newport News, Virginia.
Scouting the Captains
Christopher Newport, No. 37 in the nation in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking, enters the playoffs with a 12-10 record, having played a strong schedule this season including eight ranked opponents and a pair of Division I opponents. The Captains have dropped five of their last six matches heading to Tuesday's contest.
One of the best duos in the nation
Senior Daniel Albers and junior Eric Spangler make up one of the top doubles pairs in the country, with a 16-1 record this season, and ranked No. 6 in the Atlantic South Region. The pair has gone 34-2 in the last two years, with only one regular-season loss.
The winner of Tuesday's match will advance to the CAC championship match on Saturday, April 25, against the winner of Tuesday's other semifinal match between top-seeded University of Mary Washington and fifth-seeded York College of Pennsylvania.