NEW LONDON, N.H. – In a tight contest featuring four three-set singles matches, Castleton University pulled into a 2-2 tie, but Thomas College completed three straight singles wins on its way to a 5-4 victory over the Spartans in the semifinals of the 2017 North Atlantic Conference East Division Men's Tennis Tournament Saturday at the Kelsey Courts on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College.
Castleton took a 1-0 lead when the doubles team of Ryan Mulder and Trevor Hanna defeated Kaleb Payson and Jared Waterhouse, 8-6, in the number two doubles position. However, Thomas would win the other two doubles sets to take a 2-1 lead, including a 9-7 victory for Ryan Chasse and Zachary Disch over Quentin Barthe and Seth Marcil in the number one doubles position.
At number two singles, Barthe would pull Castleton into a 2-2 tie, defeating Ross Munn in straight sets (6-4, 6-0). Both Marcil at number one singles and Mulder at number three singles won the first set of their respective matches, but in each case the Thomas player would rally to win the next two sets, giving the Terriers a 4-2 lead.
Thomas (11-5) clinched the match at number four singles when Waterhouse defeated Jared Wheeler in straight sets (6-4, 7-5). The Spartans would pick up two more points, as Hanna defeated Payson in three sets (6-1, 4-6, 6-4) and Brody Wagner defeated Mark Amato in a super-tiebreaker (7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)).
Castleton concludes the 2017 season with a 9-4 overall record, including a 4-2 record in the NAC East Division to finish in third place. Marcil earned First Team All-NAC East in singles and Second Team All-NAC East in doubles with Barthe, who joined Mulder on the Second Team All-NAC East singles squad.