SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team picked up two more early-season wins on Saturday, topping Virginia Wesleyan University and Goucher College.
Salisbury 9, Virginia Wesleyan 0
The Sea Gulls began the day with a sweep of Virginia Wesleyan, giving up just three or fewer games in each doubles match and taking all three singles contests in straight sets.
Sophomore Colt Williamson and Patrick MacLean earned an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles, as did classmates Ian Siew and Matthew Ryan with junior Kelson Weber and freshman Stefan Hein claiming an 8-2 win at No. 3.
In singles play, Siew rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1, with Ryan only allowing one game to his opponent as well, at No. 5 singles, winning by the same score.
Sophomore Garrett Malave won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6 with Weber picking up a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4.
Hein, at No. 2, and MacLean, at No. 3, each went to a tiebreaker in their opening set before coming up with the 7-6 set victory. Hein won his tie breaker 7-1, carrying the momentum into a second-set 6-3 win. MacLean stretched his tie breaker to an 11-9 win and rolled in the second set, 6-0, to finish off the victory.
Salisbury 7, Goucher 2
The Sea Gulls (4-0) was forced to work for a 7-2 win against Goucher, with all three doubles matches remaining close throughout. After leading narrowly, 4-3, the No. 3 doubles team of Weber and Hein won four of the next five games to garner the first point for Salisbury.
The No. 1 pair of Williamson and MacLean faced a challenge from Tetsuya Ota and Jack Hodges. The Salisbury duo led 6-3, but saw the Gophers get a break to get within 6-5, but the Gulls held for a 7-6 lead and Williamson put the match away holding serve with a love game, getting an ace and two strong plays from MacLean at the net.
Siew and Ryan, playing at No. 2 doubles trailed 5-2 before rallying for five straight to grab a 7-5 lead. After the Gophers held serve, Ryan held his serve for the victory and doubles sweep.
Goucher (6-1) picked up its first point with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles by Ota, but Salisbury was able to record the final two points it needed to secure the victory with wins coming just moments apart at No. 2 and 3 singles.
At No. 3, up 5-4 in the first set, Hein held off a double-break point opportunity for Michael Herman to hold serve and win the set, 6-4. He took the second set by the same score while Siew collected a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 2.
The Gophers earned their only other point with a 6-3, 5-7, 10-7 win at No. 4 singles before the match closed with a 7-5, 6-4 win by Weber at No. 5 and a 7-5, 6-2 win by Ryan at No. 6. Through four matches, Weber has posted a perfect 4-0 mark in singles play, with the Sea Gulls going 22-2 in singles matches overall.
The Sea Gulls are back in action tomorrow, Sunday, February 25 when they will host Bridgewater (Va.) College beginning at 12:30 p.m., in a match now scheduled to be played outdoors at the SU Tennis Courts.