CASTLETON, Vt. – Ramping up its schedule with three matches in the coming four days, the Castleton University men's tennis team will face three regional opponents, while also beginning conference action.
Following its third consecutive 9-0 thumping of its respective opponent, Castleton will travel to Northfield, Vt. for a continuation of the Battle of Vermont rivalry with Norwich University.
Earlier in March, the scheduled contest between the Spartans (3-0) and Cadets (2-1) was postponed due to hazardous weather conditions, so Wednesday's meeting will be the first of the season. During 2017, each institution won its home match in the season series with both matches proving to be tightly contested.
Continuing into the weekend, Castleton is scheduled to play The University of Southern Maine and Thomas on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Meeting for the first time in two years, the Spartans dropped their last match against the Huskies (0-1) by a score of 5-4. In that dual, Quentin Barthe and Trevor Hanna helped collect two of the team's four points. Due to the winter-like weather still affecting much of New England, the match will be played indoors at Woodlands Country Club in Falmouth, Maine.
After repaying its 7-2 loss to Castleton in the 2016 NAC East Championship semifinals with a 5-4 win in the 2017 edition, Thomas (3-3) comes into Saturday's match riding a two-match winning versus Castleton.
It will be both teams first conference matchup of the year with each side looking to grab the early upper hand. Literally neck-and-neck, Castleton and Thomas both accumulated 27 points in the NAC Coaches Poll a few weeks back to tie for second.
Returning home for a conference doubleheader, Castleton will look to get outdoors when it welcomes Lyndon State and Johnson State on April 7 and April 8, respectively. The play is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on both days.
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