Salisbury tennis fares well in Sea Gull Open

Salisbury tennis fares well in Sea Gull Open

SALISBURY, Md. - The 11th annual Sea Gull Open concluded on Sunday afternoon at the Salisbury University Indoor Tennis Center where several Sea Gulls advanced to their respective finals.

The SU men's double team of senior Brendan Kincaid and sophomore Scott Burtzlaff, the second-seeded pair, lost to the top-seed doubles pair of Takanyi Garanganga and Rupesh Roy 6-4, 7-6 (1). Garanganga and Roy are currently ranked in the Top 1,000 in the world as they pursue careers on the pro circuit.

Kincaid and Burtzlaff defeated their teammates Matt Nicholson and Evan Thomas 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the doubles semifinals.

In the women's single draw, Kelly Parsons defeated Salisbury's Anna Marie Kable 6-2, 6-3 in the finals. Kable, the tournament's No. 2 seed, defeated Sea Gull freshman Angela Tenaglia 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.  In the semifinals, Kable took down sophomore Rachel Iosue 6-2, 6-1. Top-seed Kelly Fahrner lost in the semifinals to Parsons, 7-6 (4), 6-1. The sophomore defeated junior teammate Robyn Wendell 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the quarterfinals.

Second-seed Garanganga defeated top-seed Roy in the men's singles final in a third set tiebreaker 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5). Roy advanced to the finals after he defeated Kincaid in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals. Kincaid defeated Hong 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals and sophomore Evan Thomas 6-3, 6-2 in the round of 16.

Third-seed Nicholson defeated freshman David Lupinetti in the second round 6-4, 6-4 before the junior fell to Ignaci Roca 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Another Sea Gull that fell in the quarterfinals was junior Sasha Felikson who lost to Garanganga 6-2, 6-1. Sophomore Scott Burtzlaff lost in the round of 16 as Kristoffer Barnes won 6-3, 6-2.

The SU coaching staff got into the mix in men's doubles. Head coach Randy Halfpap and assistant coach Nick Peel lost in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-3 to assistant coach Steve Soliday and his teammate Felix Hong.

Salisbury's men's team will participate in the three-day Drew University Invitational next weekend in Madison, N.J., while the women's team travels to Fredericksburg, Va., to face Meredith College in a non-conference match to begin the 2008 season.

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