NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team fell in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday afternoon at No. 20 Christopher Newport University, 8-1.
The Captains (10-5, 4-0 CAC) picked up the first three points in doubles play, with a pair of close, 8-5 victories. At the top spot, the fifth-ranked doubles pairing in the Atlantic South Region, Steven Boslet and Chiraag Shetty topped Salisbury's top pair of seniors Eric Spangler and Shanon Gunther, who sit as the No. 6-ranked team in the region, 8-5.
Christopher Newport got another 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles, as junior Michael Popielski and freshman Andrew Rainger fell to CNU's Michael Dodd and Arttu Fiva. At the No. 2 doubles spot, junior Grant Hudson and sophomore Kelson Weber fell, 8-2.
Salisbury (8-7, 3-2 CAC) picked up a point at No. 1 singles where Spangler, ranked 10th in the region, came up with an impressive 6-0, 6-2 win against Justin Cerny, who entered the day ranked No. 17 in the Atlantic South.
Gunther battled at No. 2 singles, falling 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), while Hudson played a close match at No. 3, dropping his first set 6-1 before pushing Shetty in the second, but falling 6-4.
Weber earned four games at No. 4, falling 6-1, 6-3 while Popielski lost 6-3, 6-0 at No. 5, and Rainger suffered a 6-0, 6-0 defeat at No. 6.
The Sea Gulls return home this weekend for three matches – their final home regular-season contests of the year. Salisbury will take on St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m. On Sunday, April 10, the Gulls will battle Frostburg State University at 10 a.m., and Washington (Md.) College at 3 p.m., at the SU Tennis Courts.