Colby-Sawyer Men's Tennis Wins Fourth Straight NAC/NEAC Crossover Crown

The Colby-Sawyer men's tennis team claimed its fourth-straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC)/North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover title with a 9-0 victory over Penn State Abington on Sunday afternoon at Tri-City Fitness.

Colby-Sawyer improves to 15-5 and earns the program's fourth straight bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament field will be released on at noon on Monday. Penn State Abington ends its season at 9-7. The Chargers have beaten the Nittany Lions in the past three crossover championships.

The Chargers swept doubles play to take an important 3-0 lead into singles. Ross Kenney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Alex Wright (St. Austell, Cornwall, England) teamed for an 8-5 win over Mike Herman (Philadelphia, Pa.) and JT Kling (Warminster, Pa.) at No. 3 to record the first point of the match. The top duo of Gustav Jigrup (Vastra Frolunda, Sweden) and Andrew Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) were involved in several long rallies with Mohammed Ammouni (Bensalem, Pa.) and Qili Jian (Philadelphia, Pa.) but the result was never in doubt with an 8-2 final. The No. 2 team of Dean Boodakian (Burlington, Mass.) andRyan Sawyer (Edgartown, Mass.) finished strong in an 8-5 win over Monte Dunson (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Justin McNab (Elkins Park, Pa.).

Wright cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win at the second singles flight to pull Colby-Sawyer within one point of clinching. Minutes later Jigrup secured the match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Ammouni at the top spot.

Sawyer (No. 3), Kenney (No. 5) and Ryan Broderick (Londonderry, N.H.) (No. 6) each won their singles matches in straight sets.

In the final match to finish, Dunson was able to take the first set 6-3 from Boodakian at No. 4, but Boodakian rebounded by winning the final two sets 6-4 and 10-5 to complete the 9-0 sweep.