FREDERICKSURG, Va. - The Bridgewater College men's tennis team split two matches played Sunday at the University of Mary Washington. The Eagles dropped a 5-1 decision to Franklin & Marshall, but bounced back in the afternoon to edge Salisbury, 5-4.
The Eagles took two of the three doubles matches for an early lead against Salisbury.
Brandon Larsen and Evan Stack took a 9-8 (7-1) win at No. 1 doubles while Peter Hawkins and Sam Churchill rolled to an 8-1 win at No. 3. The Eagles just missed sweeping the doubles points as Mike Cable and Christian Lynn lost at No. 2 by a score of 9-8 (7-4).
The Eagles then split the six singles matches to clinch the victory over the Seagulls.
Hawkins won his match in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 over Daniel Albers at the No. 1 slot, but Salisbury took victories at No. 2 and No. 3. Eric Spangler defeated Bridgewater's Stack 7-5, 6-0 at No. 2 singles while Demetri Vrahnos downed Larsen 6-3, 7-6.
Lynn took another point for the Eagles with a hard fought win at No. 4, defeating Adam Goldberger 7-5, 6-4. At No. 5 singles, Salisbury's Shane Gunther stopped Cable in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.
Churchill accounted for the final Eagles win when he took a split set victory over Aaron Heffley at No. 6 singles. Churchill won the first set 6-4, but Heffley evened the match with a 7-5 victory in the second set. Churchill rolled in the third set, winning 6-0.
In their first match Sunday against Franklin & Marshall, the Eagles scored their lone point at No. 3 doubles where Hawkins and Churchill edged William MacArthur and Peter Bookman, 8-6.
Franklin & Marshall won the other two doubles matches, both by a score of 8-5. At No. 1 Ross Silverberg and Nolan Bacchieri downed Bridgewater's Stack and Larsen. At No. 2 Doug Kaplan and Samuel Stone slipped past BC's Lynn and Cable.
With both team's facing another match on Sunday, singles play was halted after Franklin & Marshall scored the deciding fifth point.
Of the three singles matches that were completed, Churchill's match at No. 6 singles was the closest as he lost 6-4, 6-4.
There were some closes matches underway that were not completed. Hawkins at No. 1 and Lynn at No. 4 each lost the first set by a score of 7-6. At No. 3 singles, Stack split sets with F&M's Kaplan, losing the first set 6-2 and winning the second set, 6-3.