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 Saturday afternoon. The Chargers defeated MCLA 9-0, while the Terriers claimed a 5-4 win over Castleton. The championship final is scheduled to begin around 4:30 p.m.
Match 1 - No. 1 Colby-Sawyer 9, No. 4 MCLA 0 - Boxscore
Colby-Sawyer secured a spot in the NAC East Division Championship this afternoon with a 9-0 victory in the semifinal round over the fourth-seeded MCLA Trailblazers. The Chargers improve to 12-10, while MCLA ends its season at 4-7.
The Chargers took a 3-0 lead after sweeping doubles action and took all six singles matches in straight-sets to earn a spot in the final for the sixth straight season.
Ryan Sawyer and Dean Boodakian gave Colby-Sawyer a 1-0 lead after an 8-0 victory at No. 2 doubles over Jared Freeman and Andrew Nygard. The No. 3 duo of Andrew Peloquin and Cass McCann then defeated Robert Gair and Jeffrey Mason, 8-2, to put the Chargers up 2-0. Colby-Sawyer's top tandem of Alex Wright and Gustav Jigrup made it a doubles sweep with an 8-3 triumph over Aaron Goldsmith and Robert Wabshinak.
Ryan Sawyer got the Chargers' first singles point without dropping a game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3. Gustav Jigrup got the match clinching point with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Aaron Goldsmith at the top flight. Alex Wright then won in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 to put Colby-Sawyer on top 6-0. Dean Boodakian dropped just on game in his win at the fourth spot, while Ryan Broderick and Matt Burke won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
Match 2 - No. 2 Thomas 5, No. 3 Castleton 4 - Boxscore
Thomas made it to the NAC East Championships with a 5-4 win over Castleton in Saturday afternoon's semifinal match. The Terriers improve to 11-5 and will play Colby-Sawyer for the NAC East title. The Spartans end their season at 9-4.
Thomas was able to take two of three doubles matches before heading into singles action. The No. 2 team of Ryan Mulder and Trevor Hanna gave Castleton a 1-0 lead after an 8-6 win over Kaleb Payson and Jared Waterhouse. The Terriers responded by taking the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches. Mark Amato and Ross Munn combined for an 8-3 win over Brody Wagner and Tyler Wilcox at the third flight, while Ryan Chasse and Zachary Disch edged Quentin Barthe and Seth Marcil, 9-7, at the top flight.
The match score was tied at 2-2 shortly after singles action began. Quentin Barthe pulled Castleton even with a straight sets (6-4, 6-0) victory at the second flight over Ross Munn.
Ryan Chasse put the Terriers in front 3-2 with a comeback win at the top flight. After dropping the first set 6-3 to Seth Marcil, Chasse battled back to win the second 6-3 and the third 6-2. Zachary Disch mirrored Chasse's effort with a similar come from behind win at No. 3 to give Thomas a 4-2 advantage. He dropped the first set 6-3 to Ryan Mulder but rebounded to win the next two sets 6-1 and 6-3.
The match clinching point came at the fourth spot. In the battle of Jared's, Thomas College's Jared Waterhouse edged Jared Wheeler 6-4, 7-5 to send the Terriers to the NAC title match.
Castleton won the final two points of the afternoon at the No. 5 and No. 6 slots. Trevor Hanna edged Kaleb Payson 6-1, 4-6 and 6-4 at No. 5. Brody Wagner then defeated Mark Amato at No. 6 by a score of 7-6 (7-4), 5-7 and 1-0 (10-8).
--Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information
A video will be made available early next week on the NAC website for fans to view the 2017 NAC East Championship highlights.
2017 NAC EAST MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Hosted by Colby-Sawyer College
Match 3 - No. 2 Thomas at No. 1 Colby-Sawyer - 4:30 p.m.
*Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sport of men's and women's tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men's tennis, while the NAC will compete as associate members of the NEAC in women's tennis. Members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division for each sport, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner for each sport will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Johnson State, Lyndon, MCLA and Thomas will compete in the East Division. NEAC members Bryn Athyn, Lancaster Bible, Penn College, Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks will play as associate members of the NAC in a West Division.