SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team played its final regular-season Capital Athletic Conference match on Wednesday afternoon, falling to No. 33 Christopher Newport University, 9-0.
The Captains (12-8, 6-1 CAC) claimed all three doubles points to begin the day. The first two points came quickly with senior Grant Hudson and freshman Garrett Malave falling at No. 3 by an 8-2 score, and the freshmen duo of Colt Williamson and Patrick MacLean lost at No. 1 by the same score moments later.
The Salisbury (15-5, 5-2 CAC) pair of freshmen Matthew Ryan and Ian Siew at No. 2 came up with a break in the middle of their match to take a 3-2 lead and broke the next two CNU service games to go ahead 7-2. It was a battle to the finish, as the Captain pair of William Trang and Andy Mason rattled off six-straight games to take an 8-7 lead.
Down 0-30 in Mason's service game, Salisbury's pair won four-straight points to force a tie-breaker before falling in the tie-break 9-8 (7-3).
The Captains sealed the team match with a pair of 6-1, 6-1 wins in the first two singles matches to finish. Hudson fell at No. 4 and Ryan lost at No. 5 by the same score to put Christopher Newport ahead 5-0.
The Sea Gulls battled throughout the singles play, but were unable to come away with a point with sophomore Andrew Rainger dropping a 6-3, 6-1 contest at No. 6.
Williamson, at No. 1, was defeated 6-2, 6-2 followed by MacLean's match at No. 3, which was the closest of the day. MacLean dropped the opening set to Mason, 6-4, before bringing the match even with a 6-3 win in the second. In the 10-point match tie-breaker, MacLean held a 5-3 lead, but saw Mason come back to claim the tie-breaker, and the match, 10-7.
The final point for the Captains came in the No. 2 singles match, where Siew fell 6-3, 6-3.
The Sea Gulls will close out the regular season on Thursday, April 13 at Washington (Md.) College before heading to CAC tournament play. With today's result, the Captains will be the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament, with Salisbury as the No. 3 squad. The teams will both get a first-round bye and will meet in the semifinal round next Tuesday, April 18 in Newport News, Virginia.