SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team battled to the end to claim a 5-4 win against The College of New Jersey on Sunday.
The teams split the six singles matches, which were played first due to expected weather. In singles play, Salisbury picked up its three points with a 6-2, 6-0 win from Ian Siew at No. 2, a 6-4, 6-4 victory by Stefan Hein at No. 3 and a 6-1, 6-1 triumph by Matthew Ryan at No. 6.
Kelson Weber took his match at No. 5 to three sets, but fell to Thomas Wright by a score of 6-2, 5-7, 10-5. Colt Williamson lost his No. 1 singles match 6-3, 6-2 and Patrick MacLean fell at No. 4 by a 6-1, 7-5 score.
The teams split the first two doubles matches which were completed, with Salisbury (12-5) picking up the victory at No. 2 with Ryan and MacLean winning 8-6. The Lions (6-4) won by the same score at No. 3 with Tim Gavornik and Omar Bokhari topping Hein and Weber.
The match hinged on the No. 1 doubles match between the TCNJ team of Thomas Wright and Matt Puig and Salisbury's pair of Siew and Williamson which came down to a tie breaker, with each team fighting off match points to keep the contest alive. The Sea Gull pair was able to come up with the victory, taking the match 9-8 (9-7).
Salisbury closes the regular season playing three home matches in a three-day stretch next weekend, beginning with a contest against Southern Virginia University on Friday, April 20 beginning at 5 p.m.