SALISBURY, Md. – It was a full day of play for the Salisbury University men’s and women’s tennis teams, but the time on the court was certainly worthwhile as the No. 21-ranked men’s team upset No. 13-ranked Kalamazoo College and both teams came away with Capital Athletic Conference victories.
Before the day began, head coach Randy Halfpap was recognized for his 100th career coaching victory by Dr. Michael Vienna, Director of Athletics at Salisbury University. Halfpap, an alumnus of SU, is currently in his 11th year at the helm of the Salisbury tennis program.
On the men’s side (7-4, 2-0 CAC), all three Sea Gull doubles teams swept the Hornets. The No. 1 duo consisting of seniors Scott Burtzlaff (Clarksville, Md.) and Evan Thomas (Salisbury, Md.), the 11th-ranked doubles team in the country, won their match decidedly as they came away with an 8-2 victory. The No. 3 team of junior David Lupinetti (Walkersville, Md.) and senior Marcus Robinson (Cambridge, Md.) also captured a solid victory, defeating Kalamazoo 8-5 in their match. The No. 2 team’s match was a true fight to the finish as sophomore Daniel Barnas (La Plata, Md.) and junior Andrew Nottage (Huntingtown, Md.) battled in the last set to eventually take the 9-7 victory.
The success continued for Barnas in singles play, as he took the No. 4 match from Kalamazoo’s Mark Denenfeld in three sets (7-6, 3-6, 6-3). Thomas, who played in the No. 3 spot, took the match in just two sets (7-5, 6-4) to give the Sea Gulls the 5-4 overall victory.
After the mens’ matches against the Hornets, which were played in the SU Indoor Tennis Center, play moved to the outside courts as both the men and women squared off against CAC opponent St. Mary’s (Md.) College. Both teams came away with solid victories, with the men defeating the Seahawks 7-2 and the women winning 8-1. The victory for the women brings their record to a perfect 8-0, 2-0 CAC.
The women's team had a nearly perfect day, as the Sea Gull doubles teams swept St. Mary's in all three matches and went five-for-six in singles matches. The Gulls are currently ranked eighth regionally.
The women will hit the court once again tomorrow for a day of conference action, first hosting CAC opponent Hood College at 1 p.m. followed by a contest against CAC foe Stevenson University at 3:30 p.m. The men will also play Hood and Stevenson tomorrow, scheduled for the same times as the women, but first face off against Christopher Newport University at 10 a.m.