NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team saw its run in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament come to a close on Tuesday afternoon at No. 35 Christopher Newport University in the league semifinals, falling 5-1.
The third-seeded Sea Gulls (16-6), took one of the three doubles matches, heading to the singles play behind 2-1.
The first two doubles matches ended quickly, with freshmen Patrick MacLean and Colt Williamson falling at No. 1 by an 8-0 score just before senior Grant Hudson and freshman Garrett Malave lost at No. 3 doubles, 8-1.
It was the No. 2 doubles spot where Salisbury was able to grab a point, with freshmen Ian Siew and Matthew Ryan picking up an 8-4 victory. The Salisbury duo went ahead 3-0 before the Captains' pair of Andy Mason and William Trang got a break to get the match back on serve.
Last week, in the CAC regular season finale between these two teams, Siew and Ryan took a 7-2 lead, but saw Mason and Trang come back to win in an tie-breaker. That would not be the case on Tuesday, with Siew and Ryan pulling away for an 8-4 win.
The second-seeded Captains (13-9) were able to take the team victory, picking up the first three singles points to finish the contest.
The first match to completion was the No. 1 spot where Williamson fell 6-2, 6-2 just before sophomore Andrew Rainger dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 6. The No. 4 singles result put the team match away as Hudson fell to Dominic Lacombe 6-3, 6-3.
Salisbury trailed in the other three singles matches still on court, with Ryan in a third set at No. 5 singles against Trang. Trang took the first set 6-0 before Ryan rallied for a 6-4 win in the second, and Trang was ahead 1-0 in the third set was the match was completed.
Salisbury closes the year with 16 team victories, marking just the third year since 1986 that the Sea Gulls have won that many matches.