Tennis opens season with Sea Gull Open, Kezman wins women's singles title

Tennis opens season with Sea Gull Open, Kezman wins women's singles title

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis teams took to the courts for the first time in 2018 this weekend, hosting the 21st Annual Sea Gull Open at the Salisbury University Indoor Tennis Center in the non-NCAA sanctioned event.

The event saw numerous Sea Gulls make deep runs, winning the women's singles title and advancing to the championship in the men's doubles draw, with one player appearing in the men's singles semifinals.

Sophomore Annika Kezman – the No. 2 seed in the draw – played for the women's championship, picking up wins of 6-0, 6-3 and 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 before taking the championship in straight sets over top-seeded Abigail Moghtader 7-5, 6-1.

Kezman's teammates Julia Kwedi and Taylor Cooper each played in the semifinals, with Kwedi winning in her first match, 6-1, 6-4 before falling to Kezman in the semis. Cooper picked up wins of 6-0, 6-0 and 6-3, 2-6, 10-3 before falling to Moghtader.

In men's singles play, sophomore Colt Williamson earned three wins to advance to the semifinals. He took straight-set wins in the opening two rounds, before outlasting teammate Kelson Weber in the quarterfinals 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Williamson fell in the semifinals to former Sea Gull and current assistant coach Eric Spangler 6-2, 7-6.

Sophomore Ian Siew and Matthew Ryan advanced to the quarterfinals, as well. Ryan picked up wins of 6-2, 7-5 and 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 before falling to Spangler 6-1, 6-2. Siew had a similar path, winning 6-0, 6-0 in his opener before battling in a three-set match for a 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 win. He fell to former Sea Gull Daniel Albers in the quarters 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

In the men's doubles draw the pair of Patrick MacLean and Williamson advanced to the championship match with wins of 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 and a semifinal victory of 4-6, 6-2, 11-9. The No. 2 seed fell to the top-seeded pair of Albers and Spangler 6-2, 6-0 in the title match.

Ryan and Siew paired up for a semifinal run, winning in straight sets in their first two matches 6-1, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-2 before falling to Albers and Spangler in the semifinals 4-6, 6-2, 10-7.

The teams will begin their NCAA slate this Saturday, February 17 when the men host Stevenson University and Juniata College. The women will travel to Fredericksburg, Virginia to take on Dickinson College.

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