Sea Gulls battle No. 28 Sewanee in California, drop 9-0 decision

Sea Gulls battle No. 28 Sewanee in California, drop 9-0 decision

MALIBU, Calif. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team took on No. 28 Sewanee on Wednesday in a match contested at Pepperdine University, dropping the contest 9-0.

Seniors Eric Spangler and Shanon Gunther took on the No. 4 ranked doubles pair in the nation, Eric Roddy and Jack Gray, and despite a strong effort, the Salisbury pair lost, 8-4, at No. 1.

The Tigers (8-5) earned the next two points in doubles play with Salisbury junior Michael Popielski and freshman Andrew Rainger taking an 8-3 defeat at No. 3 and junior Grant Hudson and sophomore Kelson Weber falling, 8-2, at No. 2.

In singles play, Spangler grabbed the first set against Avery Schober, who is currently ranked No. 39 in the nation, 6-4, but Schober came back for wins of 6-1 in each of the next two sets for the victory.

Popielski also went three sets, taking the first 6-4, at No. 5 against Fletcher Kess, but Kess earned the next two sets, 6-0, 10-6 for match.

The other four Sea Gulls (6-4) each picked up three games in their singles contests. Gunther, at No. 2, and Hudson, at No. 3, each lost 6-1, 6-2. Weber was defeated 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4 and Rainger dropped a 6-3, 6-0 decision at No. 6.

The Sea Gulls travel to Whittier College for the final match of their spring break trip to the west coast on Thursday, March 17. That match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., eastern time.

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