Eagles Slip to .500 with Loss to Norwich

Eagles Slip to .500 with Loss to Norwich

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Green Mountain College men's tennis dropped its third-straight match by an 8-1 margin in a loss to Norwich University on Wednesday inside Shapiro Field House. 

Norwich (6-3, 0-1 GNAC) got back on track after suffering a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to Suffolk this past Saturday in its GNAC opener. 

Senior Ian Hyte continued his masterful senior season with wins at No. 1 singles and teamed with Dylan Ackerman to take No. 1 doubles as well. 

Hyte won first singles 6-1, 6-1 over Truman Cressey and then teamed with Ackerman to squeak out a 9-8 (7-5 tiebreaker) win over Cressey and Kei Sako in the top doubles match.  

Hyte improved to 8-1 on the year in singles matches, while Ackerman and he improved to 6-3 on the season. Ackerman downed Sako 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles to improve to 8-2 in solo matches.  

Carter swept No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets to beat Eric Wade. He teamed with Tyler Eagan to take No. 2 doubles and improve to 8-1 on the year. Eagan defeated Pierce Caldwell 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 singles as well. 

Sam Beiter and Hadley Ellis won third doubles 8-1, while Tim Birnbaum took No. 6 singles 6-1, 6-0 over Daisuke Kon.  

Javier Lugris won No. 5 singles for Green Mountain (4-4, 1-2 NAC East) with a gritty 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 comeback win over Beiter for the Eagles' lone victory. 

GMC continues its string of six games in eight days with a match against Colby-Sawyer on Thursday in NAC action.