Men's tennis earns two wins on senior day, tops No. 36 Christopher Newport, 5-4

Men's tennis earns two wins on senior day, tops No. 36 Christopher Newport, 5-4

SALISBURY, Md. – On Sunday, after honoring the team's lone senior Kelson Weber, the Salisbury University men's tennis team picked up a pair of wins, defeating Stevenson University before knocking off No. 36 Christopher Newport University, 5-4.

Salisbury 8, Stevenson 1

Salisbury opened doubles play with an 8-2 win at No. 2 from junior Garrett Malave and sophomore Stefan Hein before the Mustangs (12-1) took the second point at No. 3 getting an 8-5 win over freshmen Andrew Kilchenstein and Matt Kilchenstein.

Weber did his part on senior day, along with freshman Brad Pappalardo, getting an 8-6 win at No. 1 to give the Sea Gulls a 2-1 lead after doubles play.

Salisbury was able to claim all six singles matches to finish off the match, beginning with a 6-1, 6-1 win by freshman Gavin Reagle at No. 6, just before Pappalardo took a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 1.

Junior Matthew Ryan earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 before freshman Wayne Russell took a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 4. The Sea Gulls finished off the contest with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 from Malave and junior William Niessner's 5-7, 6-3, 10-4 win at No. 4.

Salisbury 5, Christopher Newport 4

The Sea Gulls remained perfect in Capital Athletic Conference play in 2019 taking the one-point win against the Captains (10-8, 5-2) for Salisbury's first win against Christopher Newport since a 5-4 victory on April 16, 2015.

Salisbury (16-4, 6-0 CAC) dropped the opening doubles match with Ryan and freshman Ryan Santmyer dropping an 8-5 decision at No. 3 before the Sea Gulls took the next two matches to take the lead into singles play.

Juniors Patrick MacLean and Alec Angradi won at No. 2 by an 8-6 scored before classmates Ian Siew and Colt Williamson did the same at No. 1 for the one-point edge.

The Captains drew even with Hein falling at No. 4 singles by a 6-1, 6-1 score before Salisbury took the next three matches to seal the victory. Pappalardo put the Sea Gulls ahead 3-2 with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 6 before Siew won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 and Angradi finished off the win with a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 1.

Christopher Newport earned the final two points in three sets. Williamson fell at No. 3 by a 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 score and MacLean dropped a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 decision at No. 5.

The victory seals a top-two spot in the upcoming CAC tournament for Salisbury. The Sea Gulls will play for the regular season league title on Wednesday, April 17, at No. 16 University of Mary Washington. The Eagles will also enter with a 6-0 CAC record. The match will begin at 4 p.m.