Colby-Sawyer earned its fifth-consecutive North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) East Division Women's Tennis Championship title, defeating Husson 5-0 in the championship match Saturday afternoon at the Castleton Tennis Courts.
The Chargers will face the NEAC West Division champion in the spring for the crossover championship. The winner of that match will earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament.
Colby-Sawyer started its march to the title by sweeping the doubles sets, starting with Ashley Woodside, the 2016 Player of the Year, and Maddy Gemerek defeating Meridith Blessard and Katie Pratt at number one doubles, 8-3. Evelyn Miller and Aislinn O'Connor earned an 8-1 victory over Sarah Smith and Charlotte Bednarz at number two doubles, and Christine Hill and Lauren Blanchard completed the doubles sweep for the Chargers with an 8-2 win over Kelsey Pelletier and Marisa Brown at number three doubles.
In the singles, Woodside pushed Colby-Sawyer to the brink of clinching the title with a straight-set win over Smith (6-1, 6-0) at number one singles. Just a couple of minutes later on the number two singles court, Miller finished play for the day with a straight-set win (6-0, 6-0) over Pratt.
2016 NEAC EAST DIVISION TOURNAMENT – ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
ASHLEY WOODSIDE – COLBY-SAWYER COLLEGE (MVP)
CHRISTINE HILL – COLBY-SAWYER COLLEGE
EVELYN MILLER – COLBY-SAWYER COLLEGE
CHARLOTTE BEDNARZ – HUSSON UNIVERSITY
KATIE PRATT – HUSSON UNIVERSITY
KIRSTEN KRUK – CASTLETON UNIVERSITY
JANA SOMERO – JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE
A video will be available early next week on the NAC website for fans to view the 2016 NEAC East Championship highlights.
--Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information
2016 NEAC EAST WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Hosted by Castleton
Match 3 - No. 1 Colby-Sawyer 5, No. 3 Husson 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.