Tennis teams open 2019 season with Sea Gull Open

Tennis teams open 2019 season with Sea Gull Open

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis teams opened their 2019 season by hosting the 22nd annual Sea Gull Open at the Salisbury University Tennis Courts and the Salisbury University Indoor Tennis Center over the weekend.

The deepest run by a Sea Gull on the women's side, came from junior Annika Kezman advancing to the championship match. After a first-round bye, Kezman earned a 6-3, 6-3 win against sophomore Laura Brown and advanced with a three-set win in the semifinals. After dropping the opening set against Ana Jocelijn Cavero Roeper 6-1, Kezman came back for a 6-4 win in the second and claimed the match with a 10-4 super tie breaker. In the title match, Kezman fell to Aleah Marrow 6-0, 6-1.

Along with Brown advancing to the second round of the tournament, senior Shannon Hickman and senior Taylor Cooper also earned first round wins in the women's draw.

The men's team also saw a finalist as junior transfer Alexander Angradi did so in the singles draw. Angradi picked up straight-set wins in his first two matches. He topped Mitchell Evans 6-0, 6-1 and grabbed a 6-2, 6-2 win in the second round before needing three sets to defeat Salisbury junior Colt Williamson 3-6, 6-1, 10-1. In the semifinal match, Angradi dropped the opening set to Laurentiu Popescu 6-3, but battled back with wins of 6-1 and 6-4 to advance to the championship match, falling to Kyle Johnson 6-1, 6-3.

Williamson was one of four Sea Gulls to advance to, but fall in the quarterfinal round. Williamson, classmate Patrick MacLean, and sophomore Stefan Hein all won twice in straight sets while Ian Siew advanced to the second round after an injury gave him a free pass and then won in straight sets.

In the doubles draw, Siew and Williamson won twice, each by 8-3 scores, to advance to the semifinals, falling to Finn and Luke Garner 6-2, 6-4.

Two Sea Gull duos earned opening round wins. Hein and Ryan Santmyer won 8-5 while Matthew Ryan and Angradi picked up an 8-5 win as well, but each pair fell in the second round.

The Sea Gulls will play their first full matches of the season next weekend. The men will host Dickinson College on Saturday, February 16, beginning at 1 p.m. The women's team will play two neutral-site matches on the same day at Fredericksburg, Virginia, taking on Methodist University and Franklin & Marshall College.

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