SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team saw its run in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament come to a close, being upset by third-seeded Christopher Newport University, on Tuesday afternoon at the Salisbury University Tennis Center, 5-1.
In doubles play, it was the Captains (13-8) who were able to take the early advantage, winning two of the three doubles matches. CNU's William Trang and Nicholas Ruzicka picked up an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles over junior Matthew Ryan and freshman Ryan Santmyer.
The second-seeded Sea Gull pair of juniors Alec Angradi and Patrick MacLean went up a break early in their No. 2 match, but eventually ended up in a tiebreaker against James Baron and Dominic Lacombe. The Captains pair took the early lead before Angradi and MacLean rallied, but ultimately fell in the tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-5).
Salisbury (17-6) picked up a point at No. 1, where juniors Colt Williamson and Ian Siew also ended up in a tiebreaker. Williamson and Siew rolled through the first six points of the breaker before winning on Williamson's serve for an 8-7 (7-3) victory.
Though many of the singles matches were close throughout, it was the Captains who claimed the three points they needed to finish off the match. The first point came at No. 1 as Lacombe held a 6-2, 1-0 lead on Angradi, before the Sea Gull was forced to retire.
Christopher Newport got its other two points at the No. 4 spot where Ryan Macy picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win against senior Kelson Weber, while Trang closed out the victory at No. 3. Trang won his first set against Williamson by a 6-4 score and led 5-2 in the second set. Williamson would not go quietly, earning a break and then holding serve to cut the second set deficit to 5-4. But Trang was able to come back and hold serve for the match and team victory.
In the three matches remaining on court as the contest came to a close, Salisbury had won the first set in all three and led in two of the second sets. Siew, at No. 2, was ahead 6-2, 5-2 while MacLean won his first set at No. 5 by a 6-1 score and trailed the second set 6-5.
Freshman Brad Pappalardo won his opening set at No. 6 by a 6-2 score and led in the second 5-4.
The 17 victories for Salisbury in 2019 tied the highest mark for a men's tennis team under head coach Randy Halfpap in his time at Salisbury.