Men's tennis wins CAC opener over Southern Virginia, 6-3

Men's tennis wins CAC opener over Southern Virginia, 6-3

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team opened Capital Athletic Conference play on Friday in a neutral-site contest against Southern Virginia University, played at the University of Mary Washington, earning a 6-3 victory.

The Knights started out with a 2-1 lead, claiming two doubles wins, with Salisbury getting its lone doubles point at No. 2 with freshman Andrew Rainger and junior Michael Popielski, winning 8-3.

The two Southern Virginia wins were by narrow margins with junior Grant Hudson and junior Kelson Weber being narrowly defeated at No. 1 doubles, 8-5, and sophomore Connor Truitt and junior Bobby Leverich falling 8-6 at No. 3.

The Sea Gulls (4-1, 1-0 CAC) grabbed five points in singles play, as senior Shanon Gunther won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 and Hudson grabbed a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2.

Weber was a 6-3, 6-4 winner at No. 3 and Popielski earned the most one-sided singles win, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5. Truitt picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6, while Rainger took Salisbury's only singles loss, at No. 4, falling 6-2, 6-4.

The Sea Gulls return to action on Saturday, March 5, hosting Franklin & Marshall College, beginning at noon.

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