NEW LONDON, N.H. - The second seed Castleton women's tennis team defeated third seed Husson, 8-1 in the NEAC East Semifinals but came up short in the Championship, falling to Colby-Sawyer 6-0.
NEAC East Semifinals
The Spartans opened up the semifinals on Saturday morning taking a 2-1 lead after doubles play by winning at No. 1 and No. 3. Sara Novenstern and Jackie Lisak won the top flight 8-2 over Katie Pratt and Meridith Blessard. The No. 3 duo of Meg Susslin and Dianne Benedicto also earned an 8-2 victory over Elizabeth Adley and Kelsey Pelletier. Husson was able to stay close in the match with an 8-3 victory by the No. 2 team of Charlotte Bednarz and Sarah Smith over Ciara Bannister and Kirsten Kruk.
Castleton came away with straight set victories at each of the six singles matches. Jackie Lisak did not drop a game in her 6-0, 6-0 victory at the third flight. Novernstern (No. 1), Susslin (No. 2), Bannister (No. 4), Benedicto (No. 5) and Kirsten Kruk (No. 6) each earned wins for the Spartans in singles play.
NEAC East Championship
in the Championship, the Chargers took a 3-0 lead in the match after sweeping doubles play. The No. 2 duo of Evelyn Miller snd Aislinn O'Connor got the first point of the match with an 8-0 victory over Kruk and Bannister. The Chargers took a 2-0 lead shortly after with an 8-2 win by the No. 3 team of Lauren Blanchard and Maddy Gemerek over Susslin and Benedicto. Colby-Sawyer made it a sweep when the No. 1 team of Ashlyn Ramsay and Ashley Woodside dispatched the team of Lisak, and Sara Novenstern, 8-1.
Colby-Sawyer, needing just two points to claim the title, clinched the championship with wins at No. 1 and No. 4 singles. Ramsay, the tournament's MVP for the third straight season, defeated Novenstern in straight sets 6-1, 6-0 at the top flight. Miller got the match clinching point at No. 4 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Bannister. Miller was named All-Tournament. Woodside finished her No. 2 singles match seconds after Miller. She defeated Susslin 6-2, 6-0 and was named All-Tournament.
Susslin and Lisak were named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts on Saturday.