RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton men's tennis team opened the 2017 season with a victory on Wednesday night, grinding out a 5-4 decision over in-state foe Norwich at the Grand Slam Tennis Center.
The Spartans opened the day with a pair of doubles victories, before splitting the six singles matches, 3-3. Castleton is now 1-0 on the season, while Norwich opens up at 0-1.
Seth Marcil and Quentin Barthe got off to a quick start in doubles for Castleton, but Norwich's Ian Hyte and Dylan Ackerman battled back to force a tie-breaker. Castleton won the tie-breaker by a mark of 7-4, taking the doubles match 9-8. The Cadets were on the right side of a tie-breaker at the No. 2 doubles position, as Jay Carter and Tyler Eagan won 9-8 (7-2) over Castleton's Tyler Wilcox and Jared Wheeler. Ryan Mulder and Trevor Hanna seamlessly transitioned from hockey season to tennis season, as the duo cruised to an 8-2 win at the No. 3 doubles position over Hadley Ellis and Sam Beiter.
Mulder and Hanna carried that momentum into singles play, as each player won in straight sets. Mulder won 6-3, 6-1 in fifth-flight singles action over Beiter, while Hanna rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 win in the No. 6 spot over Ellis.
Barthe claimed Castleton's third singles victory at the No. 2 position, defeating Carter 6-2, 6-3 to help the Spartans to victory.
Hyte and Marcil battled in first-flight singles, as Hyte pulled out a grueling three-set victory, 6-3, 5-7, 10-6. Ackerman notched a 7-5, 6-3 win at the No. 3 spot over Wheeler, while Wilcox was defeated in three sets—3-6, 7-5, 10-6—by Eagan.
The Spartans host Lyndon on Saturday at 1 p.m.