WATERVILLE, ME – In North Eastern Atlantic Conference East Division women's tennis action, Colby-Sawyer and Castleton both prevailed in semi-final action to earn a spot in the championship round Saturday afternoon at Colby College.
Number one seed Colby-Sawyer cruised to victory, defeating fourth-seeded Thomas College by a score of 9-0. Castleton defeated MCLA by a final of 7-2. This marks the third season in a row that Colby-Sawyer and Castleton will face off in the NEAC East Championship round.
The Chargers earned 8-0 victories in both first and second team doubles, and an 8-3 victory in third team doubles.
In singles play, Colby-Sawyer continued their domination of the conference, when their top-flight player and NEAC East Player of the Year Ashlyn Ramsay took down Thomas College's number one Jessica Bowen by a score of 6-2, 6-1, and number two player and Rookie of the Year Ashley Woodside won 6-1, 6-0 over the 2013 Rookie of the Year, Lindsey Allen.
At the third flight, Sam White cruised, winning 6-0, 6-0. Number four Oxana Tkachenko won 6-1, 6-2, and number five Lauren Blanchard won both sets by a score of 6-0. To wrap up the sweep, number six Ellen Graham won 6-0, 6-0.
In the other semi-final, Castleton won all three doubles matches by a score of 9-7 over MCLA.
In singles action, Castleton was able to take four of the six matches, led by number one singles player Meghan Susslin survived a grueling match against MCLA's Sarah Mikutowicz in three sets 6-4, 5-7, 11-9. In number two singles, Sarah Murphy of the Trailblazers pulled off the win over Olga McIntyre in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 10-4.
Castleton handled the number three and four singles, as Sara Novenstern and Shannon Haggerty secured the match wins over Mariza Sfakianaki and Emily Deaso.
Finally, in number five and six singles, Rebecca Waterhouse of MCLA defeated Kaydeen Juaire 6-3, 6-3, and Kayla Zsido of Castleton defeated Kylie Dumas 6-3, 6-0.
The finals matchup between top seed Colby-Sawyer and second seed Castleton is expected to start at 2:45pm.