Young players impress in 20th Annual Sea Gull Open

Young players impress in 20th Annual Sea Gull Open

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis teams got in their final tune-up before the start of the 2017 season by hosting the 20th Annual Sea Gull Open this weekend.

The women's players got some time outdoors on the SU Tennis Courts before finishing their event inside the SU Indoor Tennis Center, while the men competed their entire draw in the ITC.

The women's team saw freshman Annika Kezman impress throughout the draw, and emerge the champion, outlasting Halle Parker after dropping the first set for an 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 win in the championship.

Kezman was one of three Sea Gulls to advance to the semifinals, as she eliminated senior Claudia Lohn in the semis, and freshman Julia Kwedi fell to Parker.

Lohn and Kwedi each picked up a pair of straight-set wins to advance to the semifinals. Sophomore Taylor Cooper earned a 6-0, 6-0 win in the first round before seeing her run ended by Parker in the second round.

On the men's side, freshmen Ian Siew and Colt Williamson made the deepest run in the singles draw, each earning a pair of wins to advance to the quarterfinals. Siew topped Elliot Diehl in the opening round 6-0, 6-0 before taking out sophomore Andrew Rainger 6-1, 6-3. Siew fell to the No. 2 seed Andre Ivarsson 6-2, 6-3.

Williamson defeated Midori Fujitana in the first round 6-0, 6-2 and Franklin Mullinix in the second 6-1, 6-1. He fell to current assistant coach Eric Spangler 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinal round. Spangler lost in the championship match to top-seeded Nolan Paige.

Senior Grant Hudson and freshmen Garrett Malave, Patrick MacLean each picked up one win in the singles draw before being eliminated.

Siew and Williamson teamed up in doubles and advanced to the semifinal round, falling to Spangler and Salisbury assistant coach Daniel Albers 6-1, 6-1. The pair of Salisbury freshmen earned a 6-3, 6-1 win in the opening round before taking down Hudson and MacLean in the second round 6-2, 6-1.

Hudson and MacLean won 6-4, 6-4 in the opening set over Michael Herman and Jack Hodges.

Senior Bobby Leverich and freshman William Niessner picked up a first-round win 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, but fell to the top-seeded pair of Paige and Kevin Le.

Spangler and Albers were able to claim the doubles title with a 7-6, 6-2 victory.

The Sea Gull teams open their season officially next weekend. The men host Harford Community College on Saturday, February 18 beginning at 11 a.m. The women hit the road for a pair of neutral-site matches that same day, taking on Franklin & Marshall College and Methodist University at the University of Mary Washington.

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