April 1, 2012

Salisbury Tennis Sweeps H-SC

FREDERICKSBURG, VA - Salisbury, ranked #13 in the Atlantic South region, swept the Hampden-Sydney tennis team 9-0 on Sunday afternoon in Fredericksburg, VA, on the campus of Mary Washington University.

The match marked the Tigers second straight meeting against a regionally ranked school after playing #13 Methodist on Thursday. Despite the 9-0 score, the matched were very competitive and tightly contested.

Kevin Calhoun (Richmond, VA / Mills Godwin) and Ian Sammler (Petersburg, VA / Prince George) narrowly fell 8-6 to the duo of Daniel Barnas and Daniel Albers at #1 doubles. Barrett Polan (Greenwich, CT / Greenwich) and Zack King (Henrico, VA / Mills Godwin) dropped a 9-8 battle at the #2 flight, losing to Adam Goldberger and Justin Smith. Ryan Davis (Roanoke, VA / Cave Spring) and Franklin Bowers (New Bern, NC / Arendell Parrott Academy) rounded out doubles play with an 8-4 decision against Nick Mancuso and Curtis Quandt.

Barnas needed three sets at #1 singles to dispatch of Calhoun. Calhoun won the first set 4-6, but Barnas rebounded to win the second set 6-2. Calhoun then dropped the third set 10-6 using tiebreaker rules. Albers took down King 6-4, 6-4. Quandt got all he could handle from Sammler in the first set of #3 singles, taking the set 7-6 (8-6), but cruised to a 6-0 second set win to take the match.

Goldberger took a convincing 6-1 first set win against Davis at #4 singles, but Davis responded well and took the second set 6-4. In a tightly contested third set, Goldberger narrowly edged Davis 10-8 with a tiebreaker scoring system. Mancuso defeated Houghton Flanagan (Charlotte, NC / Myers Park) 6-4, 6-2 at the #5 flight. Polan got #6 singles off to a great start for the Tigers as he won the first set 6-4, but Smith turned around and won the second set 6-4 to force a third set. Smith took the third set 10-6 using tiebreaker rules.

Hampden-Sydney will look to get back in the win column on Wednesday when the Tigers travel to Lynchburg to battle the Hornets of Lynchburg College at 4 pm.