Spangler and Gunther top No. 14 doubles team in nation during first match in California

Spangler and Gunther top No. 14 doubles team in nation during first match in California

LA HABRA, Calif. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team opened its spring break trip to California with a 7-2 loss at the hands of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Sunday afternoon.

The Sea Gulls (5-3) earned one point in doubles play, as seniors Eric Spangler and Shanon Gunther picked up a big win at No. 1 doubles, topping Sherman Uyeno and McKinley Grimes, the No. 14 doubles pair in the nation. The Sea Gull pair claimed the win by a 9-7 score.

The Engineers (1-5) claimed the other two doubles points with Salisbury junior Grant Hudson and sophomore Kelson Weber falling 8-1 at No. 2 and junior Michael Popielski and freshman Andrew Rainger taking an 8-3 defeat at No. 3.

Spangler was able to pick up Salisbury's lone singles point, topping Grimes at No. 1 singles, 7-6 (10-8), 6-2. Spangler is unbeaten at No. 1 singles this year, with a 7-0 record.

Popielski and Rainger each picked up six games in their matches, despite falling in straight sets. Popielski fell 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 and Rainger took a 6-3, 6-3 defeat at No. 6.

Hudson gained four games, dropping a 6-1, 6-3 decision, at No. 3, while Gunther fell at No. 2 by a 6-1, 6-2 score and Weber lost 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4.

The Sea Gulls return to action on Monday, March 14 taking on Wheaton (Mass.) College in Claremont, California in a match beginning at 5 p.m., eastern time.

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