NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Cruising to straight-set wins in second, third and fourth singles, the Spartans played a highly competitive match before falling 5-4 at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday afternoon.
Castleton falls to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the North Atlantic Conference, while MCLA improves to 3-3 and picks up its second league win, moving to 2-1.
Led by the still unscathed doubles team of Trevor Hanna and Brody Wagner, the Spartans picked up their lone point in doubles. The host Trailblazers used solid play in the first and third flights to claim a 2-1 lead heading into individual action. Hanna and Wagner moved to 6-0 together in 2018 and carried the momentum into their singles matches.
Playing in the third flight, Hanna had little trouble dispatching his opponent. After playing a slightly tentative opener, the senior collected a 6-3 and 6-1 win.
Going toe-to-toe with his doubles' mate Hanna, Wagner earned a victory by the same scoreline in fourth singles.
Along with Jared Wheeler's 6-2, 6-0 domination at second singles, the Spartans roared back from down 3-1 to claim a 4-3 lead. Yet, the host squad was able to do just enough to eek out two three-set wins in fifth and sixth singles to pick up the team victory.
Castleton will return home – where it is 3-0 – on Tuesday to play the previously postponed match against Norwich. Play will begin at 4 p.m. at the Grand Slam Tennis Center in Rutland, Vt.
Aaron Goldsmith (MCLA) def. Quentin Barthe (C) (L) 6-2, 6-4
Jared Wheeler (C) def. Jared Freman (MCLA) 6-2, 6-0
Trevor Hanna (C) def. Charles Namjimy (MCLA) 6-3, 6-1
Brody Wagner (C) def. Matt Bluteau (MCLA) 6-3, 6-1
Mohammed Mahrouz (MCLA) def. Oskar Eriksson (C) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
Nick Castle (MCLA) def. Ethan Cameron-Vaupel (C) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
A. Goldsmith and J. Freeman (MCLA) def. Q. Barthe and J. Wheeler (C) 8-4
T. Hanna and B. Wagner (C) def. C. Najimy and M. Bluteau (MCLA) 8-2
M/ Mahfouz and R. Santana (MCLA) def. O. Eriksson and E. Cameron-Vaupel (C) 8-1
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