Men's tennis splits two matches on senior day, tops Frostburg State, 9-0

Men's tennis splits two matches on senior day, tops Frostburg State, 9-0

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team closed out regular-season home matches on Sunday, splitting a pair of contests on Senior Day. The Sea Gulls topped Frostburg State University, 9-0, before dropping a 5-4 contest to Washington (Md.) College.

Salisbury 9, Frostburg State 0

The Sea Gulls took their first three points of the day in doubles play against the Bobcats. At No. 1 seniors Eric Spangler and Shanon Gunther took their match quickly by an 8-0 score. At No. 2, juniors Grant Hudson and Michael Popielski only gave up two games to take their 8-2 victory. Last on the court was sophomore Kelson Weber and freshman Andrew Rainger. They had a close match in the beginning but then shut down the service game of Frostburg's Jackson Rost and Joe Guididas to take the match, 8-3.

In singles play, at No. 1 Spangler took his match with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. At No. 2, Hudson did not give up a game to earn a 6-0, 6-0 win while Weber, at No. 3, only gave up two games in a 6-1, 6-1 win, and Rainger grabbed the No. 4 match by a 6-1, 6-0 score.

In the last two spots, sophomore Connor Truitt, at No. 5, won 6-0, 6-2. Last on the court was junior Bobby Leverich, who lost his first set, 7-5, but came back to win his second set 6-2 he then won the match for the Sea Gulls in a third set tiebreak, 10-3.

The win finishes CAC regular-season play for the Sea Gulls, who will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. The seed gives Salisbury a first-round bye before traveling to second-seeded Christopher Newport University for a CAC semifinal contest on Wednesday, April 20.

Washington 5, Salisbury 4

In the second match of the day, Spangler and Gunther, at No. 1 doubles, were first off the court with an 8-3 win against Washington's Ryland Byrd and Justin Panepinto. From the start the Salisbury duo had great communication helping them to take the victory. At the No. 2 spot Hudson and Popielski had a hard-fought 8-4 loss and Weber and Rainger fell at No. 3 by an 8-3 score.

In singles play, at No. 1 Spangler played many long points, but powered through against Byrd to collect the win 6-3, 6-1. Spangler was on serve, down 3-2 early in the match, but broke Byrd's serve twice to grab the first set. The win is the 59th of Spangler's career, which is now tied for the top spot in program history.

Hudson battled in a long, three-set match, earning the point for the Sea Gulls with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3 victory. Weber earned Salisbury's final point of the day, battling to a three-set win, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-6.

Popielski fell at No. 5, by a 6-1, 6-3 score, while Rainger dropped a narrow 6-4, 6-4 decision at No. 6. Gunther's straight-set loss at No. 2 could not get much closer, falling 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).

The Sea Gulls are back in action next Friday, April 15 at Elizabethtown College, beginning at 3 p.m.

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