SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team took its first loss of the 2016 season to No. 12 Johns Hopkins University, 8-1, at the SU Outdoor Tennis Courts on Sunday afternoon.
The Sea Gulls lost their first two points in doubles play to Hopkins at the No. 2 spot with Grant Hudson and Kelson Weber, falling 8-1, and at No. 3 with Michael Popielski and Andrew Rainger, taking a 8-0 defeat.
On the first court, the last doubles match of the day playing was the No. 1 team of seniors Eric Spangler and Shanon Gunther in a close match. After being down 5-2, the pair came back to a 5-4 score to get back in the contest. Hopkins players Jeremy Dubin and David Perez, never let their service game go after that and ultimately the Sea Gulls fell in a 8-6 match.
In singles play, the Sea Gulls had some tough match ups. At No. 6, Popielski played regionally-ranked No. 13 David Perez. After losing the first set 6-0, Popielski came back in the second set to take a 5-4 lead, until losing 7-5 in the second set.
Gunther fell short as well in his first set, 6-1, to Hopkins' Scott Thygesen. In the second set, after being down 4-1, Gunther came back to win the next three games until eventually falling 6-1, 6-4. Hudson at No. 3 also had a quick first set falling 6-0, until having a close second set. After being down 5-2, he came back with a break to get things on serve at 5-4. He brought the final set to a tiebreaker, but Hudson fell 6-0, 7-6 (7-2).
Weber at the No. 4 spot, fell 6-1, 6-1, along with Rainger at No. 5 falling 6-1, 6-0 in singles play.
Spangler had an outstanding match with only losing three games; he took away the win at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-1.
The Sea Gulls will return to action on Friday, March 4 against Southern Virginia University at the University of Mary Washington. It will be the first Capital Athletic Conference match of the season for Salisbury. On Saturday, March 5 Salisbury returns home to face Franklin & Marshall College beginning at 12 p.m.