Women's Tennis Opens Conference Play at Colby-Sawyer

Women's Tennis Opens Conference Play at Colby-Sawyer

CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton's women's tennis team will hit the road for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Colby-Sawyer to open their conference schedule.

The Spartans will be looking to get off on the right foot in NEAC East play as they begin their search for a seventh consecutive appearance in the conference championship against the team that defeated them in the finals a season ago.

The Spartans began a match with Plattsburgh St. Wednesday evening before play was suspended due to inclement weather. Prior to that, Castleton had jumped out to a 2-0 record after defeating both Johnson St. and Lyndon St.

Sara Novenstern, Jackie Lisak, Diane Benedicto, and Kirsten Kruk are all undefeated in singles play for the Spartans this season. Novenstern and Lisak hold a 1-1 record in top-flight doubles, while Kruk and Ciara Bannister have a 2-0 record at second-flight doubles, and Benedicto and Monika Plante own a 2-0 record in No. 3 singles.

For Colby-Sawyer, their NEAC East Title defense begins with perennial rival in the Spartans. The Chargers enter the match with a 3-1 record, most recently defeating Plymouth St. by a final of 8-1.

Ashlyn Ramsay returns for Colby-Sawyer following a season in which she was named NEAC East Player of the Year. Ramsay is currently 3-1 in top-flight singles. Ashley Woodside also returns after garnering NEAC East Rookie of the Year honors. Woodside holds a 1-2 record in the No. 2 singles spot, while they both hold a 1-2 record in top-flight doubles.

Last season, the Spartans and Chargers faced off twice, with Colby-Sawyer coming out victorious in both matches, including the NEAC East Championship.