YORK, Pa. – Salisbury University men's tennis senior Eric Spangler will graduate with the most wins program history, and on Monday was the fifth Sea Gull to be named the Capital Athletic Conference's Player of the Year, with the league announcing its yearly honors.
Spangler went 31-4 this season, with a 16-1 mark at No. 1 singles and a 15-3 record at No. 1 doubles with senior partner Shanon Gunther to collect the Player of the Year award. Spangler was strong against top competition this season, with a 4-1 mark against regionally-ranked opponents in singles play, while climbing to No. 7 in the ITA Atlantic South rankings. Spangler was named to the All-CAC first team at the No. 1 singles spot. It is his third-straight first-team singles pick, while being named to the second team in 2013, and Rookie of the Year.
In doubles play, Spangler and Gunther were 2-2 against regionally-ranked opponents, including a 9-7 win against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Sherman Uyeno and McKinley Grimes, who were ranked 12th in the nation at the time of their meeting on March 13. Gunther and Spangler earned first-team All-CAC doubles honors for their play this year, the second time the duo has picked up an all-conference nod, being named second team last year. Spangler was a second-team doubles choice in 2014 and first team during 2013.
Spangler, who has a career record of 125-20, joins Doug Neagle (1996 and 1997), Ben Madarang (1999), Nick Peel (2003), and Scott Burtzlaff (2009) as CAC Players of the Year for Salisbury and joins Evan Thomas (2007-10) and Scott Burtzlaff (2007-10) as the only three Sea Gulls to earn both singles and doubles All-CAC honors in each of their four years in maroon and gold.
Spangler and Gunther are currently ranked No. 5 in the Atlantic South Region in doubles play, and await the announcements of the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship on May 11.
To see the All-CAC Men's Tennis Teams, in their entirety, click here.