SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team hosts Christopher Newport University in a Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinal match on Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 3 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls (17-5) earned the No. 2 seed in the CAC field with a 6-1 mark in league play and advanced to the semifinal round will a dominant 9-0 win against seventh-seeded Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday, April 27. In the match, junior Matthew Ryan and freshman Ryan Santmyer each won twice. The pair claimed an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, while each player won in singles, as well. Ryan won at No. 2 by a 6-0, 6-0 score and Santmyer took a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 3.
How they got here
The Captains (12-8) made quick work of sixth-seeded York College of Pennsylania, 5-0, on Friday, April 26. The third-seeded Captains earned the three doubles wins, allowing just five games to the Spartans, with the closest match an 8-3 win for Nicholas Ruzicka and William Trang at No. 2. A 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles and a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 5 sealed the team victory.
Last time we met
Christopher Newport visited the Salisbury University Tennis Center on Sunday, April 14, with the Sea Gulls earning a 5-4 win. Salisbury took five of the first seven matches to seal the victory with freshman Brad Pappalardo picking up the clinching point with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles.
Scouting the Captains
The Captains bring a balanced squad into Tuesday's match, with two players ranked in the South Atlantic Region in singles play and one team ranked in doubles play. Ryan Macy and Andy Mason are currently the No. 8 ranked doubles pair in the ITA rankings while Dominic Lacombe is the No. 11 ranked singles player and Mason is No. 23 individually.
Raising the bar
The 17 wins for the Sea Gulls this year ties the most in the Randy Halfpap era, matching the 17-5 mark during the 2008 season. The 2019 squad currently sits five wins shy of the program record, set during the 1985 season when the Dean Burroughs led squad went 22-4.
The winner of Tuesday's match will advance to the CAC championship match on Friday, May 3 against the winner of the other semifinal between top-seeded University of Mary Washington and fourth-seeded Southern Virginia University.