Rutland, VT – The Green Mountain College men's tennis team received excellent play from its newcomers and solid play across the board as it opened up the season with a victory over The Sage Colleges on Friday night at the Vermont Sports and Fitness Club in Rutland, VT. The Eagles claimed six of the nine matches on the evening, earning them a 1-0 record to start the season. The loss is the first of the season for Sage and runs the team's record to 0-1.
Returners Christopher Donovan (Bedford, MA) and Laura McRee (Norwich, VT) paired up to take on Alex Cabrera (Kingston, NY) and Dylan Spring (East Greenbush, NY), the number one pairing from Sage, but came out on the short side of a hard-fought 8-4 loss. The duo of Sam Snyder and Andrew O'Neill (Philmont, NY) seemed to gel well together as they cruised to a 8-1 decision over the pairing of Gerard Beaudin (Delmar, NY) and Cory Alvarado (Shokan, NY). The final doubles matchup pitted GMC's Nicole Cardish (Walden, NY) and Heeje Cho (Seoul, Korea) against Sean Alvarado (Shokan, NY) and Mark Castillo (Randolph, MA). Cardish and Cho battled hard and came out on top taking the match 8-5.
Donovan avenged his doubles loss in singles play by besting Cabrera in two sets, 6-3, 6-1. Snyder ran into a tough number two slot opponent in Spring as Snyder fell in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. McRee found a good rhythm to her baseline ground strokes during her matchup against Beaudin, beating her opponent 6-0, 6-1. Cardish continued the run of success for GMC by winning her singles match against Castillo 6-0, 6-1. O'Neill looked very comfortable and confident in his tennis debut for GMC as he upended the Gators' Christopher Darrow (Shokan, NY) 6-0, 6-0.
In a classic battle between equally matched foes, Sage's Sean Alvarado outlasted GMC's Duong Vo (Hanoi, Vietnam) in a three-set endurance match 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Head coach Ted Panasci was looking forward to the opening of the season and the performance by the Eagle players was a very encouraging sign of what may lie ahead for the team. "I'm very proud of the way each and every player performed tonight," related coach Panasci.
The Eagles will return to the hard court on Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 p.m. as they get set to welcome NAC East opponent Lyndon State College to the Vermont Sports and Fitness Club. Sage will continue its play with a date against Castleton State College on Tuesday, March 20th at 4:00 p.m.
Green Mountain College 6, The Sage Colleges 3
1. Christopher Donovan (GMC2012) def. Cabrera, Alex (SAGEMEN) 6-3, 6-1
2. Spring, Dylan (SAGEMEN) def. Sam Snyder (GMC2012) 6-3, 6-0
3. Laura McRee (GMC2012) def. Beaudin, Gerard (SAGEMEN) 6-0, 6-1
4. Nicole Cardish (GMC2012) def. Castillo, Mark (SAGEMEN) 6-0, 6-1
5. Andrew O'Neill (GMC2012) def. Darrow, Christopher (SAGEMEN) 6-0, 6-0
6. Alvarado, Sean (SAGEMEN) def. Duong Vo (GMC2012) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
1. Cabrera, Alex/Spring, Dylan (SAGEMEN) def. Christopher Donovan/Laura McRee (GMC2012) 8-4
2. Sam Snyder/Andrew O'Neill (GMC2012) def. Beaudin, Gerard/Alvarado, Cory (SAGEMEN) 8-1
3. Nicole Cardish/Heeje Cho (GMC2012) def. Alvarado, Sean/Castillo, Mark (SAGEMEN) 8-5