Salisbury falls short against No. 9 Mary Washington

SALISBURY, Md. - The University of Mary Washington prevailed in a match-up of Capital Athletic Conference men's tennis rivals here Saturday with a 7-2 win over Salisbury University. UMW (11-5 overall, 3-0 CAC), ranked No. 9 nationally and No. 2 in the Atlantic South region, snapped Salisbury's six-game win streak.

The Sea Gulls (11-3, 3-1 CAC), ranked No. 8 in the region, challenged Mary Washington in many tight matches. Matt Nicholson and Brendan Kincaid, Salisbury's top two singles players, each dominated their opponent in the first set. However, in both matches, Mary Washington rallied to win.

Hometown freshman Evan Thomas recorded Salisbury's only singles point with a win over Eddie Carver 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2). Thomas (14-0) teamed with fellow freshman Scott Burtzlaff for the lone Sea Gull doubles point as they defeated John James and Jon Pollack 8-6 in No. 2 doubles.

Mary Washington proved it is still the team to beat in the CAC but Salisbury showed improvement from a year ago when UMW swept SU, 7-0.

The Sea Gulls travel to face Hood College in a conference dual match on Tuesday, April 3, at 3:30 pm.

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