SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team suffered a 9-0 loss at the hands of No. 32 Pacific (Ore.) University on Tuesday afternoon at the SU Tennis Courts.
In an effort to get ahead of expected weather, the teams agreed to play the singles matched first, with the Boxers (8-5) claiming all six in straight sets, despite the Sea Gulls (10-3) taking early leads in three of the matches.
The closest matches of singles play came at No. 2 and No. 4. Freshman Ian Siew fell in the final match on the court, by a 7-5, 6-2 score at No. 2, while classmate Matthew Ryan dropped his match at No. 4 by the same score.
Sophomore Andrew Rainger lost at No. 5 by a 6-4, 6-2 score, while freshman Colt Williamson fell 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1. The final two points for Pacific came in the form of a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of senior Grant Hudson at No. 3, while freshman Garrett Malave lost 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6.
In the doubles competition, Siew and Williamson were the final pair on the court for Salisbury, at No. 1. Despite a late push, the duo lost 8-4. Ryan and freshman Franklin Tiafoe suffered an 8-3 loss at No. 3 while Hudson and Malave fell 8-2 at the No. 2 spot.
The Sea Gulls continue a challenging week on Thursday, March 30 traveling to No. 21 University of Mary Washington in Salisbury's first Capital Athletic Conference match of the season. That contest is slated to begin at 4 p.m.