Colby-Sawyer Claims Sixth-Straight NAC Tennis Crown
The Colby-Sawyer College women's tennis team defeated Husson, 5-0 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Colby-Sawyer improves to 12-0 and has earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in the spring. Husson ends the fall season with a record of 7-4.
The Chargers took a 3-0 lead in the match after sweeping doubles play. Each of the Colby-Sawyer tandems won by an 8-1 score. The No. 1 duo of senior Ashley Woodside (Hampden, Maine) and freshman Yashu Yang (Kunming City, China) defeated Charlotte Bednarz (Westport, Mass.) and Sarah Smith (Calais, Maine), while senior Evelyn Miller (Smithfield, R.I.) and junior Aislinn O'Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.) beat Husson senior Elizabeth Adley (Rumford, Maine) and junior Meridith Blessard (Lincoln, Maine) at the second spot. The Chargers made it a sweep when senior Lauren Blanchard (Agawam, Mass.) and senior Christine Hill (Wallingford, Conn.) came away with a No. 3 victory over senior Samantha Dubay (Fort Kent, Maine) and sophomore Marisa Brown (Lincoln, R.I.).
Colby-Sawyer, needing just two points to claim the title, clinched the championship with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Miller, the tournament's MVP, defeated Bednarz in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 at the third spot. Yang got the match clinching point at No. 2 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Smith. Yang was named All-Tournament along with Woodside who was leading her No. 1 singles match 6-0, 3-0 when the match was clinched.
Husson's Blessard and Dubay were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Evelyn Miller – Colby-Sawyer - MVP
Ashley Woodside – Colby-Sawyer
Yashu Yang – Colby-Sawyer
Meridith Blessard – Husson
Samantha Dubay – Husson
Megan Nadler – Castleton
Mariza Sfakianaki – MCLA
2017 NAC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Hosted by Colby-Sawyer
Championship Match (at Mountainside)
Match 3 - No. 1 Colby-Sawyer 5, No. 3 Husson 0 - Boxscore
**In 2017, the women's tennis partnership with the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) is no longer necessary, as the NAC received an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the NAC Championship on October 7 will earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament in the spring.