SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury University men's tennis junior Alec Angradi begins play in the NCAA championships this Friday, looking to emerge from the field of 32 talented players. Angradi's road begins with a 11 a.m., match against Washington (Mo.) University's Bernardo Neves.
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How he got here
Angradi went 9-4 in the regular season, making a big mark against the top competition, to earn his selection into the NCAA championship field. Against players ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's regional rankings, Angradi went 4-1. Against players ranked nationally, he posted a 2-0 mark.
A familiar face
The field is made up of 32 players in the singles draw. Angradi has faced just one, Christopher Newport University's Dominic Lacombe. The pair squared off twice this season with Angradi taking the regular season contest 6-4, 7-5. The point helped the Sea Gulls to a 5-4 team win, giving Salisbury the No. 2 seed in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The two faced off again in the CAC semifinals, with Lacombe earning the win after Angradi was forced to retire due to an injury, despite playing through the pain for the final games. Lacombe won the opening set 6-2 and led 1-0 in the second was Angradi could go no more.
Making an impact
Despite being in his third year of eligibility, Angradi is in just his first season in maroon and gold, playing at the top of the lineup in every match he appeared. The Ellicott City, Maryland native transferred in to Salisbury University after two years at College of Charleston. For the Cougars, Angradi posted a 14-8 singles record in two years, going 8-4 as a freshman and 6-4 as a sophomore before heading to the Eastern Shore.
The winner of Friday's opening round match will advance to the second round against the winner of No. 7 seed Andrew Finkelman from Wesleyan (Conn.) University and Emory University's Hayden Cassone on Friday afternoon. The NCAA champion will need to win five times over three days, playing two more on Saturday, followed by the championship match on Sunday.