SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team picked up a resounding 9-0 victory in the opening round of the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday afternoon against visiting Penn State University-Harrisburg.
The second-seeded Sea Gulls (17-5) took a 3-0 lead through doubles play, beginning with an 8-2 victory by freshman Ryan Santmyer and junior Matthew Ryan at No. 1, followed quickly by freshmen Gavin Reagle and Matt Kilchenstein claiming an 8-1 win at No. 3. Junior Ethan Brown and freshman Andrew Kilchenstein needed to do a bit more work, but were able to come from behind for an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles.
The seventh-seeded Lions (9-11) were unable to take a set in singles play, with Salisbury surrendering no more than four games in any of the six wins. Ryan earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 and Santmyer made quick work of his No. 3 match for a 6-0, 6-1 win as the two wins sealed the team victory.
Junior Garrett Malave earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4 while senior Kelson Weber took a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1. The final two matches went to Salisbury freshman Wayne Russell at No. 5 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory and junior William Niessner at No. 6 taking a 6-2, 6-2 win.
Salisbury will now host a CAC semifinal match on Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 3 p.m., against third-seeded Christopher Newport University.