WHITTIER, Calif. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team finished off its trip to California by traveling to Whittier College, falling to the Poets, 7-2.
Senior Eric Spangler had a piece of both of Salisbury's points beginning with an 8-5 win at No. 1 singles, teaming with classmate Shanon Gunther. Whittier (2-6) grabbed the other two doubles points with Salisbury junior Michael Popielski and freshman Andrew Rainger dropping an 8-3 decision at No. 3 and junior Grant Hudson and sophomore Kelson Weber falling at No. 2 by an 8-1 score.
Spangler picked up the other Sea Gull point with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles, improving to 9-1 this year in singles play.
Gunther won six games at No. 2 singles, falling 6-3, 6-3 and Rainger fell 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6. Hudson won four games in his opening set at No. 3, but was ultimately defeated 6-4, 6-0. Popielski lost at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-3 and Weber fell at No. 4, by a 6-1, 6-1 score.
The Sea Gulls (6-5) will be off for nearly a week before taking on No. 21 University of Mary Washington in a Capital Athletic Conference match at the SU Tennis Courts next Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 4 p.m.