Colby-Sawyer defeated Castleton, 6-0, in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) East Division Women's Tennis Championship on Saturday afternoon.
The two teams have played each other in the past five championship matches with Colby-Sawyer winning the last four.
Colby-Sawyer improves to 14-2 and will play a few matches in the spring in preparation of playing the NEAC West Division champion for the right to play in the NCAA tournament. The West Division champion will be decided in the spring. Castleton ends its fall season at 11-3.
For a video recap from the Championship, please click HERE.
The Chargers took a 3-0 lead in the match after sweeping doubles play. The No. 2 duo of Evelyn Miller (Smithfield, R.I.) and Aislinn O'Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.) got the first point of the match with an 8-0 victory over Kirsten Kruk (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Ciara Bannister (St. Albans, Vt.). The Chargers took a 2-0 lead shortly after with an 8-2 win by the No. 3 team of Lauren Blanchard (Agawam, Mass.) and Maddy Gemerek (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) over Meg Susslin (St. Albans, Vt.) and Dianne Benedicto (St. Albans, Vt.). Colby-Sawyer made it a sweep when the No. 1 team of Ashlyn Ramsay (Barkhamsted, Conn.) and Ashley Woodside (Hampden, Maine) dispatched the team of Jackie Lisak (Rochester, N.Y.) and Sara Novenstern (Chappaqua, N.Y.), 8-1.
Colby-Sawyer, needing just two points to claim the title, clinched the championship with wins at No. 1 and No. 4 singles. Ramsay, the tournament's MVP for the third-straight season, defeated Novenstern in straight sets 6-1, 6-0 at the top flight. Miller got the match clinching point at No. 4 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Bannister. Miller was named All-Tournament. Woodside finished her No. 2 singles match seconds after Miller. She defeated Susslin 6-2, 6-0 and was named All-Tournament.
Susslin and Lisak earned a nod to the All-Tournament Team from Castleton.
Ashlyn Ramsay – Colby-Sawyer - MVP
Evelyn Miller – Colby-Sawyer
Ashley Woodside – Colby-Sawyer
Meg Susslin – Castleton
Jackie Lisak – Castleton
Sarah Smith – Husson
Nicole Monick – Johnson State
--Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information
2015 NEAC EAST WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Hosted by Colby-Sawyer
Match 3 - No. 1 Colby-Sawyer 6, No. 2 Castleton 0 - Boxscore
Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) partnered with the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in the sports of men's and women's tennis. The NAC will compete as associate members of the NEAC in women's tennis, while the NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men's tennis. Members from each conference will be divided into an East (NAC) and West (NEAC) 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.