Weber, Malave win singles titles; Siew, Williamson advance to doubles championship at ITA fall regional

Weber, Malave win singles titles; Siew, Williamson advance to doubles championship at ITA fall regional

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team traveled to the University of Mary Washington for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Fall Regional this weekend, coming away with strong performances throughout the event.

In the championship doubles draw, juniors Ian Siew and Colt Williamson took a first-round bye before winning four matches to advance to the championship. In the second round, the duo came up with an 8-7 (7-5) win against Franklin & Marshall College's Sam Bellersen and Zack Levin. Siew and Williamson earned three more wins, by scores of 8-6, 8-5, and 8-1 to advance to the championship match, but dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Carnegie Mellon University's Chaz Downing and Daniel Levine.

Senior Kelson Weber and junior Patrick MacLean won in the first round of the championship draw, earning an 8-2 victory before narrowly falling 8-7 (7-5) in the second round.

In the Doubles A draw, junior William Niessner and freshman Brad Pappalardo picked up an 8-2 win in the opening round before falling by the same score in the second round.

Weber and Garrett Malave each made runs to singles championships over the weekend. Weber made his way through the Singles A bracket, including a pair of three-set wins to claim the title. After outlasting Haverford College's Pranav Krishnan 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the opening round, Weber won 7-5, 6-3 in the second round and won by retirement in the semifinals after dropping the first set 6-3, but winning the second 6-0 to move to the championship match. Against University of Mary Washington's Priyan Desilva, Weber dropped the first set 6-1, but roared back with set wins of 6-3, 6-0 to take the title.

Malave took the title in the Singles C bracket, winning three times in straight sets. He earned a 6-0, 6-0 win in the opening round and got through the second 6-4, 7-5. In the semifinals he dropped his only set of the run, 6-2, before being tied 5-5 in the second before his opponent retired. In the title match, he topped Muhlenberg College's Noah Sellinger by a 6-4, 6-4 score for the championship.

Junior Matthew Ryan won a pair of matches in the Singles B draw, winning 6-3, 6-3 and 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) before dropping a three-set contest 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, MacLean earned a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) win in the opening round before falling in three sets in the second round.

The Sea Gulls open their spring schedule by hosting the three-day Sea Gull Open at the Salisbury University Indoor Tennis Center beginning on February 8, 2019.

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