MALIBU, Calif. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team suffered its first loss of the 2017 season, falling to No. 23 Sewanee 9-0 on Monday afternoon.
In doubles play, the Tigers (9-2) claimed three points thanks to hard-fought wins. Sophomore Andrew Rainger and freshman Garrett Malave played the closest doubles match at No. 3, falling 8-6. Senior Grant Hudson and freshman Patrick MacLean fell at No. 2 by an 8-5 score while freshmen Colt Williamson and Ian Siew lost at the No. 1 spot, 8-4.
Sewanee claimed the six singles matches in straight sets, but the Sea Gulls (9-1) won at least one game in every set played, with Siew battling Avery Schober, ranked No. 24 in the nation in a 6-4, 6-2 match at No. 1. Freshman Franklin Tiafoe played the closest match of the day, falling at No. 6 by a 7-6 (7-0), 6-4 score.
Hudson, at No. 2, and freshman Matthew Ryan, at No. 5, each fell 6-2, 6-2 while Rainger dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision at No. 4 and MacLean lost 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3.
After a day off on Tuesday, the Sea Gulls return to action on Wednesday, March 22 traveling to Occidental College, beginning at 8 p.m., eastern time.