STOWE, Vt. – On the back of dominating singles' play, the Castleton University men's tennis team surrendered just five games during six matches, while picking up a 9-0 sweep victory against Lyndon State on Saturday evening.
Playing indoors at the TopNotch Resort, Castleton improves to 1-0 in its season-opening contest, while Lyndon State falls to 0-1. Despite being conference opponents, the contest was excluded from counting toward North Atlantic Conference records.
Opening the match with 8-0 and 8-1 victories in second and third doubles, Castleton set the tone early and jumped out to a 2-0 advantage. Following an 8-3 win in the top flight of doubles, Castleton kicked it into high gear.
Trevor Hanna, Brody Wagner, Darwin Norris and Riley Laughlin led a streak that saw the Spartans win all 48 possible games between second and fifth singles. Each matchup was thoroughly dominated by Castleton and resulted in identical 6-0, 6-0 score lines.
Ryan Ng was almost as dominant in the six hole as he dropped just one game in route to a 6-0 and 6-1 win. Tested more than anyone else and rightly so in the top flight, Quentin Barthe quickly swept his way to the opening set before putting up a battle and clinching the second set 6-4.
- Quentin Barthe (Castleton) def. Jake LaCerda (Lyndon State) 6-0, 6-4
- Trevor Hanna (Castleton) def. Ben Seward (Lyndon State) 6-0, 6-0
- Brody Wagner (Castleton) def. Gerald Fleming (Lyndon State) 6-0, 6-0
- Darwin Norris (Castleton) def. Korey Steele (Lyndon State) 6-0, 6-0
- Riley Laughlin (Castleton) def. Jeremy Polonia (Lyndon State) 6-0, 6-0
- Ryan Ng (Castleton) def. Mukhtar Abdullahi (Lyndon State) 6-0, 6-1
- Barthe & Norris (Castleton) def. LaCerda & Seward (Lyndon State) 8-3
- Hanna & Wagner (Castleton) def. Steele & Fleming (Lyndon State) 8-0
- Luke Cohen & Laughlin (Castleton) def. Polonia & Abdullhi (Lyndon State) 8-1
Castleton returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 as it travels back to Stowe, Vt. to play Johnson State in a nonconference contest at TopNotch Resort.
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