SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team took its first loss of the 2018 season, but gave No. 18 Johns Hopkins University all it could handle in an 8-1 contest on Saturday at the Salisbury University Indoor Tennis Center.
The Sea Gulls (5-1) narrowly missed out on garnering at least one point in doubles play, with the closest match coming at the No. 2 spot where sophomores Ian Siew and Matthew Ryan were narrowly defeated, 9-7. At the No. 1 spot, sophomores Colt Williamson and Patrick MacLean fell 8-4 while junior Kelson Weber and freshman Stefan Hein lost at No. 3 by an 8-3 score.
It was Hein that was able to collect the Sea Gulls' point, taking a win at No. 3 singles. Facing off with Cody Kim, who is currently ranked No. 47 in the nation in Division III men's tennis, Hein dropped the opening set, 6-0, but stormed back with a 6-4 win in the second, and in the third set was able to pick up the win, 10-6.
That match was one of two that went three sets in singles, with Weber winning his opening set at No. 5 by a 6-3 score before dropping the next two, 7-5 and 10-7.
Siew was defeated at No. 2 singles 6-4, 6-4 while MacLean at No. 4 and Ryan at No. 6 each dropped 6-4, 6-2 decisions. At the No. 1 singles spot, Williamson lost 6-3, 6-1.
The Sea Gulls get right back into action tomorrow, Sunday, March 4, beginning Capital Athletic Conference play with a home match against Frostburg State University. That contest is slated to begin at 11 a.m.