Johnson, Vt. - It wasn't pretty, but the Spartans won when it mattered, earning a 5-4 victory over Northeast Athletic Conference foe Johnson St. to avenge a prior loss to the Badgers earlier in the season.
Castleton found itself in a 2-1 hole after doubles play, where the Badgers took two of three flights. Meghan Susslin and Sara Novenstern fell 8-5 at the top flight, and Kaydeen Juaire teamed with Taylor Reynolds and came up just short, falling 8-6 at the third flight. Olga McIntyre and Ruby Bushey earned the squad's only doubles point, taking second doubles 8-4.
In singles play the Spartans mounted a prolific comeback. Juaire dropped her fourth singles match, but Bushey and Monika Plante earned points with wins at fifth and sixth singles, respectively. McIntyre extended her third singles winning streak to five matches to make it 4-3 Castleton, but Meghan Susslin fell in three sets at the top singles flight to tie the match at 4-4.
The match came down to the second doubles flight, where Sara Novenstern took on the Badgers' Annette Kaminski. After dropping her first set 6-4, Novenstern stayed resilient, winning the second set 6-3 to force a third, deciding set. With the match on the line, the sophomore took down the third set 6-3 to give the Spartans their fifth point and earn the win.