CASTLETON, Vt. – Remaining competitive throughout, the Castleton University women's tennis team needed to stay focused to defeat Northern Vermont University-Johnson 7-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Castleton Courts.
Claiming a 2-0 lead fairly quickly out of the gate, Castleton's first and third doubles teams earned straightforward victories. Megan Nadler and Kirsten Kruk won 8-3 over the opponent, while Alexis Curley and Megan Hunt took care of business 8-4.
Turning out to be one of the premier matchups of the day, NVU-Johnson was able to hold off a surging Castleton squad in a tiebreak at the second flight of doubles. Down 5-2, the Spartans rattled off five of the next six games to take a 7-6 lead. The Badgers would hold their poise, break serve and eventually force a tiebreak, which they would win 7-4.
In singles play, the Spartans captured five of six flights. Winning the first, second and fourth through sixth singles matches, they were hardly routine. Rebecca Corsette required three sets to notch a come-from-behind victory. Meanwhile, after winning the opening set, Megan Hunt and Kruk needed to fight off a rally from a couple of stingy Badger players.
Castleton returns to the courts at 12 p.m. on Saturday as it travels to face Western Connecticut State in its first Little East Conference match.
1) Megan Nadler/Kirsten Kruk (C) def. Grace Page/Mikayla Messier 8-3
2) Sam Kershner/Becca Simon (J) def Emily Miller/ Grace Sharkey 9-8(4)
3) Alexis Curley/Megan Hunt (C) def. Iris Serrano/Libby Chirtamber 8-4
1) Megan Nadler (C) def. Grace Page 6-2,6-4
2) Kirsten Kruk (C) def. Mikayla Messier 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
3) Libby Chirtamber (J) def. Emily Miller 6-0,6-0
4) Rebecca Corsette (C) def. Sam Kershner 4-6,6-4,10-7
5) Megan Hunt (C) def. Becca Simon 6-4,6-7(4),10-5
6) Alexis Curley (C) def. Leah Gaboury 7-5,6-0
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