SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team will open play in the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs, hosting Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday, at 1 p.m., at the Salisbury University Tennis Center.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls earned the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament by getting through regular season play with just one conference loss. The 6-1 mark put Salisbury one spot behind No. 15 University of Mary Washington, and one spot ahead of Christopher Newport University. Salisbury's 5-4 win against the Captains allowed them to hold the second seed. Salisbury posted a 16-5 record overall through the regular season.
How they got here
The Lions went 9-10 in regular season play, with a 1-6 mark in CAC play to bring the No. 7 seed into the tournament. Harrisburg's lone league win came against Frostburg State University with a 5-4 victory on April 13. The Lions have won two of their last three matches entering Saturday.
Last time we met
Salisbury picked up a convincing 6-0 win against Harrisburg on March 31. On a weather-affected date, as Salisbury was scheduled to play twice, the teams only played the six singles matches, with the Sea Gulls claiming each contest in straight sets. Freshman Ryan Santmyer took the most lopsided win, claiming a 6-0, 6-1 match at No. 4.
Scouting the Lions
After opening the 2018-19 season with four wins in five matches in the fall, the Lions have struggled in the spring season, winning just five times in 14 outings. Away from Harrisburg this spring, the Lions have posted an 0-4 mark, closing out the regular season with an 8-1 CAC defeat at Southern Virginia University.
Moving up in the world
Junior transfer Alec Angradi has made a quick impact on the Salisbury program in his first year in maroon and gold, and has been climbing the rankings. Angradi, who has posted a 9-3 record in individual singles play, including a 4-0 mark against players ranked regionally, has climbed to No. 4 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Atlantic South Region rankings.
The winner of Saturday's match will advance to the CAC semifinals on Tuesday, April 30, taking on the winner of No. 3-seeded Christopher Newport University against No. 6-seeded York College of Pennsylvania. If Salisbury wins on Saturday, the Sea Gulls will host the semifinal match.