Rutland, VT – After dropping its last two matches, the Green Mountain College men's tennis team is looking to get back to its winning ways as it hosts North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East opponent Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, March 31st, at 1:00 p.m. Then on Sunday, April 1st, the team will host Johnson State College in a non-conference match-up slated for 1:00 p.m. Both matches will take place at the Vermont Sport and Fitness Club in Rutland.
In its last match, GMC (1-2) was overpowered by Castleton on Sunday afternoon, as the Spartans would only lose one set the entire afternoon en route to a 9-0 victory in the match. The Spartans began the day with three doubles match wins by the scores of 8-2, 8-2 and 8-1. In singles play the Eagles looked to put an end to Castleton's winning ways, but were unable to disrupt the Spartans' run of victories, ultimately losing all six singles matches. Junior Christopher Donovan (Bedford, MA) was the lone Eagle to record a set win against the Spartans on the day.
Colby-Sawyer (1-8) is coming off a non-conference loss to Gordon College, as the Fighting Scots won the match 6-3. In doubles play, Gordon College took the first two matches 8-6, 8-1 and in the last match of doubles play, the Chargers pulled out the 8-4 victory to close within one match of the Fighting Scots. Singles play featured a bunch of closes matches with evenly-talented players pitted against each other. Gordon would eventually go on to win four of the six singles matches to seal the victory for the Fighting Scots.
This will be the first ever meeting between GMC and Colby-Sawyer on the tennis courts as both teams have been a part of different conferences up until this year. Colby-Sawyer is laden with a good mixture of youth and experience on its roster that could cause problems for the Eagles. Both teams have talented players to match up against one another on paper, but the real test will come on the court.
As of this writing Johnson State (1-5 overall, 1-0 NAC) is coming off a 7-2 victory over Thomas College, as the Badgers claimed their first victory of the season. The Badgers and Terriers split the first two doubles matches of the day, but in the last match of doubles play Johnson came out strong and downed Thomas to claim an 8-3 victory. In singles play, the theme of evenly-matched play continued, as both teams never seemed to take a commanding lead in one particular match. Johnson would eventually end up getting the best of Thomas, as the Badges won five of the six matches to claim the victory on the day.
In their last meeting back on April 23rd, 2011, the Badgers stole an 8-1 victory away from the Eagles, which marked Johnson State's fifth straight victory against GMC. The Eagles are 1-8 all-time dating back to the 2008 season, when the men's tennis team became a member of the NAC. The Eagles will have their hands full on Sunday when they play Johnson State, as the Badges have a wealth of experience on their roster that is composed of six seniors with tons of experience, which could make it tough for the young inexperienced hosts.
At the conclusion of these two matches, the Eagles will return the courts on Friday, April 6th, as they travel to Thomas College for a non-conference match-up slated for 3:00 p.m. Colby-Sawyer will be back in action on Tuesday, April 3rd, as it hosts non-conference opponent Norwich University in a 3:30 p.m. match-up at Kelsey Courts in New Hampshire. As for Johnson State, the team will hit the hard courts again on Friday, April 6th, when it hosts Lyndon State College in a non-conference tilt scheduled for 3:30 p.m.