Poultney, VT – The Green Mountain College men's tennis team will travel to Maine on Friday, April 6, and then back to Lyndonville, VT on Saturday as the Eagles prepare for two weekend matches. The team will square off against Thomas College on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and then face Lyndon State College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East showdown.
After winning its first match of the year against Sage, the Eagles have run into some tough opponents in their last four matchups. GMC (1-4 overall, 0-1 NAC East) received a gritty effort from Andrew O'Neill (Philmont, NY) in its last matchup against Johnson State. The junior endured a long battle in his singles match, but came away victorious in a hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win.
Thomas (1-2 overall, 1-0 NAC East) heads into Friday's match coming off a 9-0 shutout loss to Southern Maine in non-conference action on Wednesday. The Terries were unable to win a set in defeat and will look to regroup against Green Mountain.
The Eagles and the Terriers split the two matches played last year with the Terriers taking the first match of the year 6-3. The Eagles exacted revenge in the season's second match edging out the Terriers 5-4. Samantha Tajirian (Springfield, PA), Christopher Donovan (Bedford, MA) and Mark Thiong'o (Nairobi, Kenya) will look to continue their winning ways against Thomas as all three players won both singles matches against the Terriers in 2011.
Lyndon (1-3 overall, 0-1 NAC East) will be playing its third match of the week in a grueling part of the schedule. The Hornets, who will play Johnson on Friday before Green Mountain on Saturday, are fresh off of a 7-2 loss to Castleton. The Hornets' Tyler Schofield (Middleboro, MA) topped Adam McCaffery 6-4, 6-2 in No. 2 singles action and then teamed up with Daniel Weiner (Wells, ME) to win second-flight doubles 8-3 over Matt Trombly and Chris Belanger.
GMC and Lyndon met earlier this year in non-conference play with the Hornets emerging victorious 8-1. The Eagles will get set for the rematch which will count towards the conference standings and hope that the matches they have played between the first meeting with the Hornets and now will pay dividends, leading to more success.
Looking forward, GMC will prepare for another conference road match against Castleton on Wednesday, April 11, at 4;00 pm. The Terriers will quickly turn around and face Colby-Sawyer at home on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Up next for Lyndon will be another home match, this time against Norwich University on Monday, April 9, at 3:30 pm.