CASTLETON, Vt. – Looking to rebound from a nail-biting 5-4-conference loss to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday afternoon, the Castleton University men's tennis team will return to action for three matches during the final week of the regular season.
The team's rescheduled match against Norwich – from March 8 – is first up at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Grand Slam Tennis Center in Rutland, Vt. Less than a month ago, the squads went toe-to-toe and battled for nearly four hours before Norwich came away with the 5-4 win.
One of the more memorable matches was at second doubles where the pairing of Trevor Hanna and Brody Wagner defeated Norwich's Sam Beiter and Hadley Ellis in a tiebreaker. Reaching 8-8 deadlocked; it was the Spartans that were able to get a minibreak in the tiebreaker to pick up a 10-7 win.
On Friday, men's tennis makes the trip south to face Sage at 4 p.m. Each of the last two years, Castleton has come out on top in sweeping fashion, collecting 9-0 wins. To this point, the Gators are 0-5 and still looking for their first win of the campaign.
Perhaps the team's toughest competition of the year, the Spartans will wrap up their regular season in New London, N.H. against the Colby-Sawyer Chargers at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Going back to 2016, the Chargers have not dropped a conference match. In fact, Colby-Sawyer hasn't lost a NAC pairing since April 23, 2016 versus Castleton.
Castleton will rely on its No. 1 singles player Quentin Barthe to lead them again as he was the lone Spartan to win a match in the 2016 meeting as the Chargers claimed the 8-1 win. The sophomore bounced back after getting blanked in the opening set to win in a three-set thriller.
Following the regular-season finale, Castleton will host the NAC East Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. on April 28.
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