Salisbury, Md. – Junior captain Andrew Gear (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) picked up the lone point as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis team succumbed to an 8-1 loss Wednesday afternoon at Salisbury University in the semifinals of the 2013 CAC Men's Tennis Championship Tournament.
St. Mary's has its season come to an end with an 11-8 (2-2 CAC) overall record as the Seahawks were appearing in their third consecutive semifinal match. Salisbury (14-9) will now face top-seeded University of Mary Washington in the championship match on Saturday, April 27.
Gear defeated sophomore Daniel Albers (Denville, N.J.) for the second time this season but this time he had a much easier time, dropping only two games in the two-set victory at No. 1 singles. With his 11th consecutive singles win, Gear wraps up his 2012-13 campaign with a team-best 16-5 record while bringing his career singles record to 56-11.
Gear and first-year Mark Hardesty (Westminster, Md./Westminster) put up quite the fight at No. 1 doubles against Albers and first-year Eric Spangler (Clinton, Md.), forcing a tiebreaker. Albers and Spangler outlasted St. Mary's duo by a 9-8 (7-1) margin. Gear and Hardesty were the only Seahawk tandem to record double-digit wins with a 17-5 overall record.
Junior J. Guzzone (Columbia, Md./Hammond) finished second on the team with a 13-9 singles record while fellow classmate John Feighner (Laurel, Md./Atholton) also had 10-plus wins, ending his junior campaign with a 10-10 mark.
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