Somerset Tennis Complex

The $400,000-project known as Somerset Tennis Complex opened on March 9, 2001.  The complex includes six courts painted with a water-resistant acrylic base coat and two finish coats.

For the record, St. Mary’s Brad Nowicki served the first ball in competition at the new complex as the Seahawks edged Randolph-Macon College 4-3 on March 9.  In the first match to begin and the first to end, Nowicki teamed with Andy Beliveau to win their No. 1 doubles match 8-4 over Eric Ancarrow and Coleman Adams.

The courts are arranged in three groups of two, with walkways in between and separate fencing for each group.  The drop-down fencing — high at each end, belt-level on the sides — allows for easy spectator viewing and does away with that caged look.

In dramatic fashion, the Seahawk men's tennis team upset Salisbury University in Capital Athletic Conference action on April 6, 2011, pulling out a 5-4 victory over the visiting Sea Gulls for the program's first-ever win against regionally-ranked Salisbury.  Salisbury had entered the match boasting a 22-0 record in the all-time series history.