NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Despite winning two of three doubles matches, the Castleton University men's tennis team was unable to hold off a rallying Norwich University, eventually falling 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon at Shapiro Field House.
Castleton suffered its first loss of the season after starting out 3-0 and winning by a combined score of 27-0. Meanwhile, Norwich improves to 3-1 and has won three straight.
Following a win in the first flight of doubles to begin the match, Castleton quickly claimed a 2-0 advantage on the back of an epic dual. The pairing of Trevor Hanna and Brody Wagner at second doubles claimed a 9-8 victory. Going to extra play, the Spartans claimed the thriller 10-7.
In the top individual spot, Quentin Barthe pushed through a nail-biter and gave Castleton a 3-1 lead. The senior claimed a break in the first and a couple of mini-breaks in the second set tiebreak to claim at 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win.
In the fourth flight of singles, Wagner was the only other Spartan to earn an individual win as he collected a 6-3, 7-5 straight-set victory. He was also one of two athletes to pick up two points during the match.
After falling down 4-3 late, the Cadets were able to collect wins at fifth and sixth singles to clinch the match win.
Men's tennis returns to action at 6 p.m. on Friday as it travels to Falmouth, Maine to play Southern Maine at the Woodland's Club.
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