March 7, 2019

Terriers Top Men's Tennis Preseason Poll

 

 

Thomas garnered all five first-place votes, 25 points, and the top spot in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East men's tennis preseason coaches poll. Northern Vermont-Johnson and SUNY Delhi each collected 14 points and tied for the second slot. Northern Vermont-Lyndon (12) and MCLA (10) complete the poll at fourth and fifth, respectively.

The preseason poll is conducted by the league's head coaches.

In 2018, MCLA and Thomas qualified for the NAC East tournament along with Colby-Sawyer and Castleton. Thomas earned the second seed and prevailed over No. 3 MCLA (7-0) in a semifinal match. Top-seeded Colby-Sawyer bested No. 4 Castleton (6-0) in the the other semifinal.

Colby-Sawyer won the East Divisional title, 5-0, over Thomas and advanced to the Crossover Championship against the NAC West Champion, Penn St. Berks. The Colby-Sawyer College men's tennis team defeated Penn St. Berks, 9-0, to earn their sixth straight NAC/NEAC Crossover Championship and entrance to the NCAA national tournament.

Colby-Sawyer was defeated by Wilkes, 5-3, in the NCAA First Round at Middlebury's Proctor Tennis Courts.

All five NAC East men's tennis teams kick off the spring season over the next week, with conference matches beginning on March 30. The top four teams in the regular-season NAC East standings will qualify for the East Division Tournament, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 at The Edge in Essex Junction, Vermont. The Crossover Championship against the NAC West champion, from the NEAC, is scheduled for Sunday, May 5 at Tri-City Tennis Club in Latham, New York.

View the 2019 NAC East Men's Tennis composite schedule here.

 

2019 Season Preview

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1. Thomas - 25 (5)

Thomas (12-5, 4-1 NAC) head coach Rob Disch enters his second season leading the Terriers. He returns a strong nucleus from last year, including Ryan Chasse (Fort Kent, Maine), Kaleb Payson (Lamoine, Maine), Jared Waterhouse (Dayton, Maine), Christo Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) and Princiel Kunieki (Portland, Maine). With the addition of a several strong newcomers to fill voids left from graduated seniors, the Terriers intend to compete for a NAC Championship this season.

   

T2. Northern Vermont-Johnson - 14

Veteran women's tennis head coach Michele Whitmore enters her first season as the head men's tennis coach at Northern Vermont-Johnson (2-8, 1-4 NAC). This season the Badgers have a mix of returners and newcomers, and aspire to make an impact in North Atlantic Conference play. Returners John Folsom (Califon, N.J.) and Austin Walters (Grantham, N.H.) will lead the Badgers this season. Newcomer Garrison French (New Berlin, N.Y.) will provide some depth and is expected to make an impact right away.

   
 

T2. SUNY Delhi - 14

SUNY Delhi (3-7) is ready to serve up their first season in the NAC, led by second-year head coach Brian Mitko. The Broncos have a solid mix of leadership and youth with four returning players and five newcomers. The doubles tandem of sophomore Brody Rettle (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Michael Zerniak (Wolcoot, N.Y.) posted the team's best record last season at 5-1. The duo did not drop a match in the number three doubles spot.

   

4. Northern Vermont-Lyndon - 12

NVU-Lyndon (0-11, 0-5 NAC) will again be guided by head coach Laura Laramee, who is entering her eighth season at the helm. This will be a building year for the Hornets, who feature a young, energetic team. Returning All-Conference selection Neal Mulligan (Marshfield, Vt.) is expected to be the leading player, with several other promising athletes rounding out the roster.

   
 

5. MCLA - 10

MCLA (5-6, 3-2 NAC) welcomes Derek Shell to his first season as the men's tennis head coach. The Trailblazers will feature a mixed-gender team this spring, led by seniors Nick Castle (Waterford, N.Y.), Matt Bluteau (Troy, N.Y.), and Samantha Gawron (South Hadley, Mass.), and sophomore Charles Najimy (Savoy, Mass.).