Spartans and Chargers Advance to NEAC East Finals

Spartans and Chargers Advance to NEAC East Finals

Castleton, Vt. - In Northeast Athletic Conference Eastern Division women's tenins action, Colby-Sawyer and Castleton both punched tickets to the NEAC East championship with semifinal wins on Saturday morning in Castleton.

Top seed Colby-Sawyer earned a 9-0 victory over fourth seed Lyndon St. while Castleton dropped Thomas 6-3. With their victories, the two teams will square off in a rematch of last season's NEAC East Championship Saturday afternoon.

The Chargers earned 8-0 victories at both the first doubles and second doubles flights, and finished a doubles sweep with an 8-3 victory at the third flight.

In singles play, the top seed continued to roll, earning straight set wins at every flight. Ashlyn Ramsay earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory at second singles while Charlotte Horton and Conley Dion each surrendered just one game at third singles and sixth singles, respectively. The Hornets' top flight player Kayla Flynn put up the toughest fight, nearly stealing a set from the Chargers' Elizabeth Lincoln, but fell 6-4, 6-1. 

In the other semifinal, Castleton pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory to earn their chance to knock off the Chargers in the final. The Spartans fell behind 2-1 after doubles play, where Thomas' Jessica Bowen and Lindsey Allen teamed at first doubles for an 8-5 win, and Logan Bruneau and Katie McAllister took an 8-6 win at third doubles.

In singles action, the Spartans took five of six flights to seal their comeback win. Sara Novenstern, Ruby Bushey, and Kaydeen Juaire each won in straight sets to put the Spartans up 4-2. Meghan Susslin was downed by Bowen to cut the Spartan lead to just one. With the Spartans leading 4-3, Olga McIntyre and Monika Plante each earned three-set victories in the early afternoon to seal the championship berth for the Spartans.

Castleton and Colby-Sawyer will square off in the NEAC East Championship beginning at 2:00pm on Saturday.