SALISBURY, MD – The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis teams opened the 2013 season with play in their annual, non NCAA-sanctioned event, the Sea Gull Open, which concluded on Sunday at the SU Indoor Tennis Center.
Members of the men's team competed in a 30-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw, while members of the women's team took part in a four-pool round-robin singles event.
Sophomore Daniel Albers and freshman Eric Spangler made the deepest runs for the men's team as each advanced to the third round of the singles bracket and as a doubles pair also played to round three.
Spangler earned wins of 6-4, 7-5 and 6-2, 6-2 before falling in the third round to No. 4 seed, John Mook. Albers also earned a pair of hard-fought, straight-set wins, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 and 6-4, 7-5 to get to round three. Albers took the first set from second-seeded Brandon Weston before falling 6-3, 6-4 in the final two sets.
In doubles, the pair picked up straight-set wins in the opening two rounds before falling 6-0, 6-1 to the top-seeded team of Mook and Landon Schaefer, the eventually champions.
In the women's A pool, senior Jillian Poppe won all three of her matches in straight sets. Poppe topped classmate Elaina Iosue 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, freshman Natalie Savage 6-4, 7-5 and sophomore Roxanne Alban 6-3, 6-1. Savage won two matches in the pool while Iosue took one.
Junior Christina Woodward claimed all three of her matches in the women's C pool, the closest victory coming in a 6-3, 6-3 win against senior Charlotte Urian. Urian and sophomore Sam Babo each won one match.
The teams will open up dual-match play over the next two weeks. The women's team's first match will be Saturday at Towson University while the men's team will begin the season on Feb. 26 against Hampden-Sydney College in a match played at the University of Mary Washington.