CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Salisbury University men's tennis team fell in a back-and-forth battle with its Eastern Shore rival, Washington College, 5-4 on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first doubles tandem of Brad Pappalardo and Gianluca Beaujon took down the 11th-ranked team in the Atlantic South Region, Karl Hoegstedt and Andrew Smith, 8-5.
- Christopher Catan and Mitchell Desman held the 7-2 lead over Washington's Koby Bonta and Landon Strober in second doubles but were victims of a rally and fell in the tiebreaker, 8-7(7-4).
- Every match except for No. 1 singles went the full three sets.
- Beaujon and Russell Willenborg won their first sets in second and third singles but dropped the second set in their respective matches. Beaujon rolled in the third set to take the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in second singles over Strober while Willenborg notched the 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 win in third singles against Bonta.
- Jhayden Pappas played a marathon first-set with Aaradith Ravichandran but stormed back in the second and third sets to take the match in sixth singles 6-7(12-14), 6-3, 6-4.
- Catan also played a tough three-setter in fourth singles against Ryohei Kawai but Kawai won the third-set tiebreaker and the match, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3).
- Salisbury awaits the seedings in the 2022 Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.
- The three-day tournament begins on Thursday, May 5 at Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.
Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 186 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
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