CASTLETON, Vt. – Exchanging blows throughout, the Castleton University women's tennis team fell to the University of Southern Maine – 5-4 – in Little East Conference (LEC) play on Saturday afternoon at the Castleton Courts.
Castleton falls to 2-6 overall and to 0-5 in league action, while Southern Maine improves to 4-4 and 2-3 with the win.
Claiming the initial lead, the visiting Huskies leaped out to a 1-0 advantage after claiming an 8-2 decision in the second flight of doubles. Moments later, though, Castleton's top doubles' squad of Megan Nadler and Kirsten Kruk persevered 8-5 to even the match score.
As the doubles' action wrapped up, Southern Maine reclaimed the overall lead by pushing through to extra action and earning a 9-7 victory.
Trailing 2-1 entering singles, Nadler made quick work in the first flight to pick up her second individual victory of the season with a 6-2, 6-1 line. While the score continued to flip-flop, the Huskies seemed to find a way to keep their noses out in front. Emily Miller and Alexis Curley each earned wins during the match, snapping their five- and one-match losing streaks, respectively.
With a flurry of matches finishing at the same time and results pouring in, Castleton and Southern Maine would go down to the very last point to decide a victor.
Castleton returns to the courts for a stretch of two home matches during the University's Fall Break starting with LEC opponent Plymouth State at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
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