FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The No. 21-ranked Salisbury University men's tennis team earned several impressive wins against the University of Mary Washington in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship on Friday afternoon, but it was not enough as the Sea Gulls fell to the No. 22-ranked Eagles, 6-3.
Though the Sea Gulls (14-7) didn't win the title, they certainly gave the Eagles (13-11), whose win today earned them their 11th consecutive CAC title, a run for their money. In doubles play, the No. 2 team of Daniel Barnas (La Plata, Md.) and Andrew Nottage (Huntingtown, Md.) won their contest, 8-6. Seniors Scott Burtzlaff (Clarksville, Md.) and Evan Thomas (Salisbury, Md.), the No. 1 team for the Gulls, narrowly lost their doubles match to Eagles Brian Hope and Evan Goff, 8-6.
Singles play was just as intense for both teams, as three of the six matches went to three sets to determine the victor. One match that didn't go to three sets, though, was the No. 6 spot between Giorgio Athans (Woolwich Township, N.J.) and Mary Washington's Andrew Frisk, with Athans decidedly winning 6-0, 6-4. The other singles win of the day came from David Lupinetti (Walkersville, Md.), whose impressive performace in the No. 3 spot gave him the 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 win.
The match marks the end of the regular season for three seniors: Marcus Robinson (Cambridge, Md.), who compiled a career record of 25-9 in singles play, along with Burtzlaff and Thomas, who compiled career records of 66-21 and 65-20, respectively, in doubles play. Those three, along with the rest of the team, will await the announcement of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship tournament field to see if they receive a bid.