The Colby-Sawyer men's tennis team won its fifth straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC)/North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover title after defeating Penn St. Berks, 9-0, on Sunday at the Tri-City Tennis Club
Today's meeting was the first between to the two teams. Colby-Sawyer improves to 14-10 and will find out on Monday when and where the team will play in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Penn St. Berks ends its season at 10-6.
Gustav Jigrup (Gothenburg, Vastra Frolunda, Sweden) and Alex Wright (St. Austell, Cornwall, England) got the Chargers on the board with an 8-3 win over Will Byler (Lancaster, Pa.) and Ryan Fritz (Ephrata, Pa.) at the top spot. Colby-Sawyer's No. 2 duo of Dean Boodakian (Burlington, Mass.) and Ryan Sawyer (Edgartown, Mass.) defeated Omar Rahmy (Cairo, Egypt) and Mostafa Rahmy (Cairo, Egypt) 8-1. Cass McCann (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and Andrew Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) made it a doubles sweep for Colby-Sawyer with an 8-3 win at No. 3 over Diego Olazagasti (Exeter, Pa.) and Nick Volk (Kempton, Pa.).
Jigrup carried over his strong play from doubles and dispatched Byler 6-0, 6-0 at the top flight to bring Colby-Sawyer within a point from clinching.
Boodakian secured the win with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Mostafa Rahmy at fifth singles to send the Chargers to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament.
McCann then defeated Olazagasti 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3, while Wright cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Fritz at the second flight.
Sawyer won his No. 4 match over Omar Rahmy 6-2, 6-3 and Ryan Broderick (Londonderry, N.H.) finished the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Volk at No. 6.
*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.