INDIANAPOLIS – Salisbury University seniors Eric Spangler and Shanon Gunther will see their final tennis seasons extended a few more weeks as the pair was selected for the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships, to be played May 26-28. Spangler has been selected for the singles draw, while he and Gunther have been picked as alternates for the doubles draw.
Spangler, who played at No. 1 singles throughout the 2016 season, currently holds a 16-1 mark in singles play on the year, having success against his top competition with a 4-1 mark against regionally-ranked opponents and going 1-1 against nationally-ranked foes. Spangler was named the Capital Athletic Conference's Player of the Year, just the fifth Sea Gull to earn that honor in men's tennis. In the latest regional rankings, Spangler is listed seventh in the Atlantic South Region.
Spangler and Gunther have paired together at the No. 1 doubles spot throughout the season, posting a 15-3 record, and earning first-team all-conference honors at No. 1 doubles. The pair went 2-2 against regionally-ranked opponents this season, including a 9-7 victory against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Sherman Uyeno and McKinley Grimes, who were ranked 12th in the nation at the time of their meeting on March 13.
Spangler made his first appearance in doubles play in the championships following the 2014 season, when he and Daniel Albers qualified for the championship. This is the first time since 2010 for a Sea Gull to qualify for the singles draw when Scott Burtzlaff made the field.
The draws for the singles and doubles championships, which will be played in Kalamazoo, Michigan, will be set on Wednesday, May 25.
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