CASTLETON, Vt. – The Husson University women's tennis team fell to Colby-Sawyer College, 5-0 in the program's first ever North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division Championship match on Saturday afternoon at the Castleton Tennis Courts.
The Chargers will face the NEAC West Division champion in the spring for the crossover championship. The winner of that match will earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament.
Colby-Sawyer started its march to the title by sweeping the doubles sets, starting with Ashley Woodside and Maddy Gemerek defeating Meridith Blessard and Katie Pratt at number one doubles, 8-3. Evelyn Miller and Aislinn O'Connor earned an 8-1 victory over Sarah Smith and Charlotte Bednarz at number two doubles, and Christine Hill and Lauren Blanchard completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 win over Kelsey Pelletier and Marisa Brown at number three doubles.
In the singles, Woodside pushed the Chargers to the brink of clinching the title with a straight-set win over Smith (6-1, 6-0) at number one singles. Just a couple of minutes later on the number two singles court, Miller finished play for the day with a straight-set win (6-0, 6-0) over Pratt.
Woodside was named MVP of the tournament, while teammates Hill and Miller joined her on the All-Tournament Team. Bednarz and Pratt represented Husson on the All-Tournament Team, while Kirsten Kruk of Castleton and Jana Somero of Johnson State also received mention on the squad.
This includes the Eagles fall season and they will return to action on April 6 at Colby.
2016 NEAC EAST DIVISION TOURNAMENT – ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
ASHLEY WOODSIDE – COLBY-SAWYER COLLEGE (MVP)
CHRISTINE HILL – COLBY-SAWYER COLLEGE
EVELYN MILLER – COLBY-SAWYER COLLEGE
CHARLOTTE BEDNARZ – HUSSON UNIVERSITY
KATIE PRATT – HUSSON UNIVERSITY
KIRSTEN KRUK – CASTLETON UNIVERSITY
JANA SOMERO – JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE