NEW LONDON, N.H. – October 16, 2011 – The Castleton State College women's tennis team defeated Colby-Sawyer in an epic five hour match to capture their third consecutive North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) East Division championship.
Castleton ends the regular season with a 13-4 record and earn the right to play the winner of the NEAC West Division in the spring for a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Chargers are now 9-7 and will host Curry in a non-conference battle next Saturday.
Castleton took a 2-1 advantage after doubles. Chelsea Crehan (Essex, Conn.) and Brittni Racine (Leicester, Vt.) earned an 8-0 win over Ellen Graham (Newburyport, Mass.) and Siobhan Masse (Southbridge, Mass.). The Spartans No. 3 doubles team of Olga McIntyre (Winhall, Vt.) and Felicia West (Rutland, Vt.) snuck by Kathleen Rogers (Falls Village, Conn.) and Ari Marks (Grantham, N.H) 8-6. Colby-Sawyer's doubles win came at the first flight. Liz Lincoln (Plymouth, Mass.) and Claire Toffey (Barnstable, Mass.) had a convincing 8-2 win over Kate Bucci (Wakefield, R.I.) and Michelle Podnecky (Bridgewater, Vt.).
Crehan and Racine earned a pair of singles points at the fifth and third flights to put Castleton on top 4-1. The Chargers battled back with a No. 4 singles win by Rogers and a No. 6 win by Lauren Cornish (Austin, Texas).
With Castleton leading 4-3, the match came down to the play at the top two flights. Podnecky took the first set off of Lincoln in the No. 1 slot, but Lincoln fought back and won the next two sets to tie the match at 4-4.
The deciding match was on the shoulders of the No. 2 players in Colby-Sawyer's Claire Toffey and Castleton's Kate Bucci. The first two sets were split and the third set had to be moved to an indoor facility after four hours couldn't decide it. With the third set tied at 5-5, Bucci was able to break serve and take a 6-5 lead. Bucci held serve and won the match 7-5, lifting Castleton to the championship victory.
MVP – Kate Bucci – Castleton (Pictured Above Right)
Brittni Racine – Castleton
Liz Lincoln – Colby-Sawyer
Kaitlin Cunningham - Lyndon
Kate Murphy – Johnson State
CASTLETON, COLBY-SAWYER SET TO SQUARE OFF IN NEAC EAST FINAL
NEW LONDON, N.H. – October 16, 2011 – The Castleton State College and Colby-Sawyer College women's tennis teams will meet later today to compete for the 2011 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) East Division championship.
Castleton, the tournament's top seed, earned a 9-0 sweep over fourth seed Johnson State. The second seed Chargers of Colby-Sawyer also won their match 9-0 over third seed Lyndon.
Castleton and Colby-Sawyer split a pair of matches in the regular season.
Johnson State falls to 0-14 on the season, while Lyndon drops to 5-7.
CASTLETON ENTERS NEAC EAST TOURNAMENT AS TOP SEED - 10/14/11
The Castleton State College women's tennis team earned the top seed in the 2011 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) East Division women's tennis tournament after winning a tie-breaker scenario with Colby-Sawyer.
The Spartans, who finished the season 6-1 in conference play, will square off against the fourth seed Badgers of Johnson State. Colby-Sawyer, also finished 6-1 and took the second seed after losing the tie-breaker scenario. The Chargers will face the third seed Hornets of Lyndon.
Due to predicted inclement weather, matches originally scheduled for Saturday morning, have been postponed to Sunday morning at Kelsey Courts in New London, N.H. on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College at 10:00am, in a single elimination final four format. The winners of the morning matches will then play for the NEAC East Division title.
Beginning with the 2010 season, North Atlantic Conference (NAC) members Castleton, Johnson State, Lyndon, and Thomas have played in the NEAC as associate members in the East Division. Colby-Sawyer joined the NAC in 2011.
Each Division will hold a championship and the two divisional champions will in the spring with the winner earning the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament.