YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis teams swept the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week awards, this week, with junior Eric Spangler winning on the men's side and senior Katie Youlios winning for the women, the league announced on Tuesday.
Spangler earned the honor after going 6-0 in a two-week span, helping to lead the Sea Gulls to a 3-0 record, including victories over two regionally-ranked opponents. He posted three straight-set victories at No. 2 singles, along with three more wins at No. 1 doubles with teammate Daniel Albers.
Spangler won his first singles match in the run, 6-0, 6-0, over Hampden-Sydney College's Thacher Jennings, and then took his next match 6-0, 7-5, over Franklin & Marshall College's Nolan Bacchieri. In Salisbury's most recent match, Spangler topped the 22nd-ranked player in the region, Haverford College's Dais Nakayama, 6-2, 6-2. In doubles play, Spangler and Albers dropped just 10 games in their three triumphs, winning 8-0, 8-6 and 8-4.
Youlios secured her accolade after posting a perfect record in five matches in the past two weeks. She went 2-0 at No. 2 singles and teamed with Natalie Savage for a 3-0 mark at No. 1 doubles.
In singles play, Youlios grabbed a 6-2, 7-5 win in Salisbury's victory against Millsaps College (the No. 12 team in the region), and a 7-5, 7-5 win against Haverford (No. 15 team in region). In doubles play, Youlios and Savage won 8-6 in a match against Millsaps' top doubles pair, which is ranked No. 11 in the region. They won 8-6 against the top pairs from both Haverford and Franklin & Marshall. She was up 3-2 in her singles match against F&M before the match was postponed.
The Sea Gull men now look forward to match with Penn State University-Abington on Friday, March 13, with the contest set to begin at 2 p.m. The women will return to action on Sunday, March 15 at Chapman University in Orange, California on the team's spring-break trip; the match is set for 5 p.m.