VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team picked up a 6-3 win against previously unbeaten Hampden-Sydney College on Monday night in a neutral site contest to remain perfect on the 2017 season. The win also gave Head Coach Randy Halfpap his 200th career victory with the men's tennis program, just two weeks after hitting the mark on the women's side.
The Sea Gulls (8-0) are now out to the best start in 10 years, as the 2008 squad began 8-0, as well.
In doubles action on Monday, Salisbury picked up its first two points in three incredibly tight matches. Freshmen Matthew Ryan and Patrick MacLean earned a win in a tie-breaker 9-8 (7-5) at No. 2 and sophomore Andrew Rainger and freshman Garrett Malave won 9-7 at No. 3.
The teams traded the first four points in singles play, with Salisbury getting the first at No. 3 where MacLean won 6-1, 6-3. Michael Moody topped Siew at No. 2 by a 6-3, 7-5 score before Rainger grabbed a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 4 to put Salisbury one point away from the victory.
Matthew Moody outlasted Williamson 7-6 (10-8), 1-6, 7-6 (7-2) but the Sea Gulls sealed their eighth victory with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 5 by Ryan. The final point of the day came from Malave at No. 6, earning a 6-3, 6-2 win.
The Sea Gulls now head west for the team's annual spring break trip, traveling to California next week. Salisbury will next take on St. Lawrence University in Claremont, California on Sunday, March 19.