Eagles Miss out on NAC Tournament Spot with Loss to MCLA

Eric Wade seen here in midst of a serve.
Eric Wade seen here in midst of a serve.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.- The Green Mountain College men's tennis program had a chance to earn a spot in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) postseason tournament but fell to MCLA, 9-0, this afternoon.  Both teams came in with identical conference marks meaning the winner would advance into next weekend's tournament.

The Trailblazers are now 4-5 overall and finish at 3-3 in the conference.  The Eagles are 5-6 and end at 2-4 in league play.

MCLA took the upper hand almost immediately as it swept the doubles matches.  Aaron Goldsmith and Rob Wabshinak teamed for a point in the top doubles slot defeating Javier Lugris and Dakota Dodson 8-3.  Andrew Nygard and Jared Freeman handled Kei Sako and Daisuke Kon 8-4 for the second point of the match.  In the third doubles slot, Robert Gair and Jeffrey Mason won 8-3 over Eric Wade and Xavier Johnson staking the Trailblazers to an early 3-0 lead.

The home team kept up the momentum in singles play.  Goldsmith defeated Sako 6-1, 6-2 in the top singles slot while Wabshinak earned his second point blanking Wade 6-0, 6-0.  Nygard bested Lugris 6-4, 6-2 in the third slot and Mason worked hard to defeat Dodson in the match of the day in the fourth flight.  Mason earned the win after dropping the first set 3-6, but rallied to win the next two 6-1 and 10-8 (tiebreaker).  

Gair and Jack Peterson earned the final points of the match, both in straight sets to round out the scoring.

Green Mountain will finish up its regular season schedule wit a non-conference matchup at Sage on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.