CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University is the host of the 2018 North Atlantic Conference East Division Men's Tennis Tournament, to take place Saturday, April 28, at the Castleton Tennis Courts.
Due to the forecast of a higher chance of inclement weather later in the day, the start times of the semifinals and finals have been moved up. The semifinal matches between Colby-Sawyer College and Castleton as well as between Thomas College and MCLA will now start at 9 a.m., one hour earlier than originally scheduled. The championship contest will commence 45-60 minutes after the conclusion of the semifinal matches, but no earlier than 1 p.m.
The Spartans enter this year's tournament as the fourth seed after posting a 2-3 conference mark as part of a 7-5 overall record. This will be the 15th and final appearance for Castleton in the NAC/NAC East Tournament, with the Spartans winning the tournament seven times, including their most recent title in 2011.
Quentin Barthe will lead the Spartans from the number one position in both singles and doubles. Barthe earned First Team All-NAC honors in singles and Second Team All-NAC recognition in doubles, posting a 9-3 record in singles and an 8-4 mark in doubles.
Jared Wheeler is scheduled to occupy the number two position in singles as he has done all season long, going 6-5 during the regular season. Wheeler was paired with Barthe as a Second Team All-NAC honoree in doubles, but he will join Nathan Hinson in the number three doubles position.
Meanwhile, Barthe will play with Ryan Mulder in the number one doubles slot, and then Mulder will fill the number three singles position. Mulder has returned to complete his collegiate tennis career after a stint with the Birmingham Bulls of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
The doubles team of Trevor Hanna and Brody Wagner also received Second Team All-NAC honors after posting an 8-1 record during the regular season in the number two doubles position. Hanna also won seven of nine matches in singles and will fill the number four singles slot, where he was 2-1 during the regular season.
Wagner also earned Second Team All-NAC recognition in singles with an 8-1 record and will play in the number five singles position Saturday. Hinson is scheduled to play in the number six singles position, bringing a 4-2 regular season record into the weekend.
Colby-Sawyer will be looking for its seventh consecutive NAC/NAC East Tournament title after going undefeated in league play at 5-0 as part of a 6-10 overall record. The Chargers almost swept the major awards, boasting Player of the Year Gustav Jigrup, Rookie of the Year Nicholas Mathieu, and Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Andrew Peloquin.
Colby-Sawyer head coach Barry Schoonmaker shared Coach of the Year honors with Rob Disch of Thomas, the second seed in Saturday's tournament. The Terriers enjoyed the best overall record among the NAC schools at 11-4, finishing 4-1 in NAC play. Thomas is led by First Team All-NAC honorees in both singles and doubles Ryan Chasse and Zachary Disch as well as two-time Second Team All-NAC winners Ross Munn and Jared Waterhouse.
MCLA enters Saturday's competition as the third seed after completing the regular season with a 5-5 overall record, including a 3-2 mark within the NAC East. The Trailblazers are led by First Team All-NAC selection in singles and Second Team All-NAC honoree in doubles Aaron Goldsmith along with his doubles partner Jared Freeman, also a Second Team All-NAC selection in doubles.
During the regular season, the Spartans lost to Thomas on March 31 and to Colby-Sawyer last Sunday, 9-0. Castleton played a hard-fought match at MCLA on April 14, but the Trailblazers prevailed, 5-4.