Castleton Strong Arms Johnson State 8-1

Castleton Strong Arms Johnson State 8-1

JOHNSON, Vt. – Wrapping up its regular season with a dominating 8-1 win over host Johnson State College, the Castleton University women's tennis team has earned a place in the North Atlantic Conference championship. Tournament seeds are to be confirmed and released early next week.

Castleton improves to 9-4 overall and 6-1 in the conference, while Johnson State sits at 5-7 and 3-4 in league play.

As has been the case for the majority of the season – and was on Saturday afternoon, strong doubles play to set the pace early for the Spartans. Ciara Bannister and Kirsten Kruk (8-5), Megan Nadler and Danarose Weaver (8-6) as well as Emily Miller and Alexis Curley (8-4) each earned victories, putting Castleton just two points from a team triumph heading into individual play.

Bannister was utterly dominant at singles, recording a 6-0, 6-1 score over the top Badger player for her fourth-straight win. Megan Nadler continued to roll with a straight-set 6-4, 6-0 win to improve to 12-1 during the year.

At third singles, Kruk navigated a tough opening set, eventually winning in comfortably in a tiebreak by a 7-2 spread. She rolled through the second set, earning a 6-2 victory.

Alexis Curley and Emily Miller notched their seventh and eighth successes of 2017, winning 6-1, 7-5 and 6-4, 6-4, respectively.

Castleton will await its placement in the NAC Championship before heading to New London, N.H. and host school Colby-Sawyer for play, which will begin on Oct. 7.


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