SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team split its two matches on Saturday at the Salisbury University Indoor Tennis Center, topping Catholic University of America before falling to No. 21 Johns Hopkins University.
Salisbury 8, Catholic 1
The Sea Gulls started the day with a sweep of the three doubles matches against the Cardinals (0-5) with juniors William Niessner and Garrett Malave picking up an 8-1 win at No. 2 with freshmen Brad Pappalardo and Ryan Santmyer winning 8-2 at No. 1. Freshmen Andrew Kilchenstein and Matt Kilchenstein finished with an 8-6 win at No. 3.
Malave won at No. 1 by a 6-3, 6-0 score and Pappalardo prevailed 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2. Junior Ethan Brown won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6 while Niessner fell at No. 3 by a 6-4, 6-4 score.
Johns Hopkins 7, Salisbury 2
The Sea Gulls (5-1) saw their season-opening five match winning streak snapped by Johns Hopkins, beginning with the Blue Jays taking the three doubles matches, but needing to go to a tie breaker in two of them.
Siew earned one of Salisbury's two points in the match, winning 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3, while Angradi was able to claim the No. 1 singles match in three sets, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
Sophomore Stefan Hein's No. 5 singles match also needed three sets, with Johns Hopkins' Eric Yoo claiming a 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 win.
The Blue Jays took their other three points in straight sets with Williamson falling at No. 2 by a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) score, Weber dropping a 6-4, 6-3 decision at No. 4 and MacLean falling at No. 6 by a 6-1, 6-4 score.
The Sea Gulls hit the road for their next seven matches, traveling next to The College of New Jersey on Saturday, March 9, beginning at 4 p.m.