NEW LONDON, N.H. – In North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East Division men's tennis action, Colby-Sawyer and Thomas both prevailed in semifinal action to earn a spot in the championship final Sunday afternoon.
The Colby-Sawyer College men's tennis team defeated Green Mountain, 9-0.
The Chargers (10-9) advance to their fourth straight NAC East title match and will play Thomas, who beat Castleton in the other semifinal contest. Green Mountain drops to 7-5 on the year.
The Chargers swept doubles play to take a 3-0 lead in the match. Colby-Sawyer's No. 1 duo of Justin Pinard (Essex, Vt.) and Andrew Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) defeated Connor Braden (Lafayette, Ind.) and Nate Berner-Tobin (Stratham, N.H.), 8-2. Dean Boodakian (Burlington, Mass.) and Sergio Spassof (Pallini, Greece) teamed at No. 2 doubles to defeat Jack Hepburn (Miller Place, N.Y.) and Grey McCampbell (Maryville, Tenn.), 8-0. Colby-Sawyer's Clay Allen (Massena, N.Y.) and Ryan Sawyer (Edgartown, Mass.) gave the Chargers the 3-0 lead with an 8-2 win over Truman Cressey (Grantham, N.H.) and Eric Wade (Rutland, Vt.) at No. 3.
Peloquin won at the top singles flight 6-0, 6-4 over Berner-Tobin. Ryan Broderick (Londonderry, N.H.) came away with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at second singles, while Boodakian and Pinard won at No. 3 and No. 4 in straight sets.
Freshman Ross Kenney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) dropped just one game on the way to winning at No. 5 6-0, 6-1.
The Chargers got a ninth point in the sixth slot after the Eagles had to default.
The Thomas College men's tennis team avenged a regular season loss to Castleton with a 7-2 victory in Sunday's other semifinal match.
The Terriers won two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead. Eric Morin (Lewiston, Maine) and Tyler Small (Surry, Maine) cruised to an 8-2 victory over Christopher Belanger (Lewiston, Maine) and Seth Marcil (Brattleboro, Vt.) at the top doubles spot. Thomas' Zachary Disch (Waterville, Maine) and Federico Trujillo (Standish, Maine) defeated Kyle Martin (West Rutland, Vt.) and Andrew Overton (Woodbury, Conn.) at No. 2, 8-3. Castleton won the No. 3 doubles match behind the duo of Trevor Hanna (Whitehorse, Yukon) and Ryan Mulder (Ottawa, Ont.). The Spartans downed the Thomas team of Caleb Cough (Bar Harbor, Maine) and Jonte Roussel (Brockton, Mass.), 8-4.
Thomas was able to secure the match by taking the top three single flights in straight sets. Morin won at No. 1 6-0, 6-1, while Small did not drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2. After a close first set for Disch 7-5, he wrapped up the match with a 6-3 second set victory.
The fourth through sixth matches were tightly contest with two of the matches going three sets.
Overton gave Castleton its second point of the afternoon with a hard fought 6-4, 76 (9-7) win over Cough at No. 4.
The Terriers would win at No. 5 and No. 6 but Caleb Mora (Surry, Maine) and Joseph Greco (Greene, Maine) were tested. Mora took the opening set 7-5, but Ryan Mulder battled back to tie the match at 1-1 with a 6-2 win in the second set. Playing a super tie break, Mora took the match 10-3. Greco dropped his first set with Tyler Wilcox (Queensbury, N.Y.), 6-2, but responded nicely with a 6-3 win in the second. Greco secured the match with a 10-2 tie break win.
The finals matchup between top seeded Colby-Sawyer and third seeded Thomas is expected to start at 2:45 p.m.
A video will be available early next week for fans to view the 2015 NAC East Championship highlights.
--Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information
2015 NAC EAST MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Sunday, April 26
Hosted by Colby-Sawyer
All dates and times are tentative and subject to change due to inclement weather
Match 3 - No. 3 Thomas at No. 1 Colby-Sawyer - 2:45 p.m.
Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in men's and women's tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men's tennis. Members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.