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April 10, 2012

Eagles Aiming for First NAC Victory Against Spartans

Poultney, VT – The Green Mountain College men's tennis team looks to avenge its early season loss to North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East foe and in-state rival Castleton State College on Wednesday, April 11th at 4:00 p.m.   The Eagles will be looking to end their streak of nine consecutive losses to Castleton and claim their first NAC East victory of the season. 

GMC's (1-6 Overall, 0-2 NAC East) last match went down to the wire against Lyndon State College this past Saturday, as the Hornets claimed a narrow 5-4 victory over the Eagles.  In doubles play, Lyndon's No. 1 and No. 2 pairings were each able to come away with victories.  In the third and final doubles match of the day, the Eagles' tandem of Sam Snyder (Old Greenwich, CT) and Nicole Cardish (Walden, NY) were able to salvage an 8-5 win and bring Green Mountain to within one match of Lyndon.  In singles play, Sam Tajirian (Springfield, PA), Andrew O'Neill (Philmont, NY) and Snyder all won their respective matches to notch the match at 4-4.  In the final singles match, the Eagles would lose in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 and the Hornets would go onto to capture their first NAC East victory of the season. 

Castleton (3-6 Overall, 0-2 NAC East) is coming off a similar hard-fought NAC East matchup against Johnson State College, as the Badgers were able to eek out a 5-4 victory over the Spartans.  The Badgers were able to come away with two straight victories in doubles play, until the team of Corey Kimball (Monkton, VT) and Mike Davis (Rutland, VT) put an end to the Badgers' run by winning 8-4.  Johnson would go on to win the first three singles matches decisively, until Jeremy Reppin (Arlington, VT) turned the Spartans' fortunes around, as he won Castleton's first singles match of the day 6-4, 5-7, 10-1.  Castleton would then go on to claim the next two singles matches to close out the match, but it was too late for a Spartan comeback, as Johnson was able to hold off Castleton and remain unbeaten in conference play. 

This will be the second time that Green Mountain and Castleton have met this season.  In their first non-conference meeting, Castleton was able to sweep GMC in both doubles and singles matches, as the Spartans would only lose one set on the day to claim the 9-0 victory.  As the Eagles have gained valuable court time with each passing match, the better it has served them as the season has progressed; allowing the team to compete well in its latest matches. Castleton has had Green Mountain's number as of late, but look for the Eagles to make a stand and make the Spartans work all over the court to earn each set victory. 

The Eagles will be back on the hard court on Friday, April 13th, when they travel to non-conference opponent SUNY Adirondack for a matchup scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.  As for Castleton, the Spartans will be back in action on Friday, the 13th as well, when they host NAC East conference opponent Thomas College at 4:00 p.m. at the Grand Slam Tennis Center in Rutland, VT.  

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