WATERVILLE, Maine – Six members of the Castleton University women's tennis team received recognition from the North Atlantic Conference by being named to the 2017 All-Conference teams. Rob Purdy led the way for the Spartans by earning Coach of the Year honors.
Purdy – in his eighth season – leads the Spartans into league championship tournament for the eighth-straight year. Currently, at 9-4, Castleton has already put together a two-match improvement over its 2016 standing. It marks the fifth winning season in Purdy's Castleton career.
The now three-time Coach of the Year (2010, 2011) has piloted 11 players to First Team All-Conference honors in singles, including Megan Nadler and Ciara Bannister in 2017. He has also led five doubles teams to the aforementioned selection.
Nadler has been named to an All-Conference team for the first time in her brief career. She is in the midst of an impressive campaign where she has dropped just one match en route to a 12-1 overall singles record and a 6-1 mark in conference play. With a variety of different partners, Nadler has helped earn 10 wins in doubles action.
The Rutland, Vt. native tops off her recognition by being named to the conference's sportsmanship team. It is reserved for those that have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the women's tennis culture and match environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that goes beyond the tennis playing rules and etiquette.
Earning her fourth and fifth All-NAC mention, Bannister has landed on the All-First Singles Team for the first time in her career. The senior stands at 8-5 in singles at the top flight in 2017, bringing her career win total to 26. Bannister is also 9-3 at first doubles, where she garnered another first-team nod, which was her second in the category.
Kirsten Kruk, Bannister's primary double partner, also earned All-First Doubles Team honors. She supplemented that with All-Second Singles recognition for the second time, having gone 7-4 at third singles, so far.
Wrapping up Castleton's honors with a place on the All-Second Doubles Team is the sophomore team of Alexis Curley and Emily Miller. The duo went 4-2 in conference play, including earning all four of its wins down the stretch.
Women's tennis takes on Husson University in the NAC Championship semifinal match beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Colby-Sawyer College. If they win, the Spartans will advance to the title contest later in the afternoon against the winner of the other semifinal featuring Colby-Sawyer and MCLA.
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