Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information
NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Thomas College men's tennis team edged out Castleton University, 5-4, to advance to the North Atlantic Conferece (NAC) East Championship where they fell to Colby-Sawyer, 6-0, on Saturday.
Thomas 5, Castleton 4 – Semifinals
Thomas was able to take two of three doubles matches before heading into singles action. The No. 2 team of Ryan Mulder and Trevor Hanna gave Castleton a 1-0 lead after an 8-6 win over Kaleb Payson (Lamoine, Maine) and Jared Waterhouse (Dayton, Maine). The Terriers responded by taking the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches. Mark Amato (Manchester, Conn.) and Ross Munn (Brunswick, Maine) combined for an 8-3 win over Brody Wagner and Tyler Wilcox at the third flight, while Ryan Chasse (Fort Kent, Maine) and Zachary Disch (Waterville, Maine) edged Quentin Barthe and Seth Marcil, 9-7, at the top flight.
The match score was tied at 2-2 shortly after singles action began. Barthe pulled Castleton even with a straight sets (6-4, 6-0) victory at the second flight over Munn.
Chasse put the Terriers in front 3-2 with a comeback win at the top flight. After dropping the first set 6-3 to Marcil, Chasse battled back to win the second 6-3 and the third 6-2. Disch mirrored Chasse's effort with a similar come from behind win at No. 3 to give Thomas a 4-2 advantage. He dropped the first set 6-3 to Mulder but rebounded to win the next two sets 6-1 and 6-3.
The match clinching point came at the fourth spot. In the battle of Jared's, Thomas College's Waterhouse edged Jared Wheeler 6-4, 7-5 to send the Terriers to the NAC title match.
Castleton won the final two points of the afternoon at the No. 5 and No. 6 slots. Hanna edged Payson 6-1, 4-6 and 6-4 at No. 5. Wagner then defeated Amato at No. 6 by a score of 7-6 (7-4), 5-7 and 1-0 (10-8).
Colby-Sawyer 6, Thomas 0 – Championship
The Chargers swept doubles play to take an important 3-0 lead in the match. At the top flight, the Colby-Sawyer duo of Gustav Jigrup and Alex Wright defeated Chasse and Disch, 8-2. The No. 2 tandem of Dean Boodakian and Ryan Sawyer then cruised to an 8-0 win over Payson and Waterhouse. Cass McCann and Andrew Peloquin combined for an 8-1 win over Munn and Amato at No. 3.
Boodakian was the first to finish his singles match to give Colby-Sawyer a 4-0 lead after a 6-0, 6-1 win over Payson at No. 5. Ryan Broderick got the match clinching point with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Amato at No. 6. Seconds later, Alex Wright posted a 6-0, 6-1 win at the second flight to give Colby-Sawyer the 6-0 win.