NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Despite winning at the first flight of doubles and singles, the Castleton University men's tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision against intrastate rival Norwich University on Wednesday evening at Shapiro Field House.
Castleton falls to 0-2 early in the season, while Norwich picks up its first win of the year and improves to 1-2.
No strangers to lengthy, epic matches, the Spartans and Cadets put together a relatively subdued affair on Wednesday as only one match went longer than the requisite length. Out of the gates, Igor Almeida and Jared Wheeler pushed Castleton to victory as they were able to secure a break of serve and hold off any rallies.
Trailing 2-1 heading into singles play, Almeida picked up his second win of the afternoon. The junior battled back-and-forth with Norwich's top singles player in the first set to take a 6-4 victory before coasting in the second set, 6-2.
Norwich proceeded to rattle off four victories in the next five matches, but it did not matter to either player in the third flight of singles. Castleton's Levi Williams and Norwich's Sam Beiter kept their focus on the court and involved in their own epic. After Beiter took the opening set - 6-2 - Williams rebounded to post the same score in his favor for set number two. Continuing the momentum, Williams got an early break of serve in the third set and raced to a 6-2 win to complete the match 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Men's tennis returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday as they host Northern Vermont University-Lyndon - the first of four straight home matches - at the Grand Slam Tennis Center in Rutland, Vt.
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