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.