NEW LONDON, N.H. – October 7, 2017 - The Husson University women's tennis team was defeated by Colby-Sawyer College, 5-0 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Husson ends the fall season with a record of 7-4. Colby-Sawyer improves to 12-0 and has earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in the spring.
The Chargers took a 3-0 lead in the match after sweeping doubles play. Each of the Colby-Sawyer tandems won by an 8-1 score. The No. 1 duo of senior Ashley Woodside (Hampden, Maine) and freshman Yashu Yang (Kunming City, China) defeated Charlotte Bednarz (Westport, Mass.) and Sarah Smith (Calais, Maine), while senior Evelyn Miller (Smithfield, R.I.) and junior Aislinn O'Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.) downed Husson senior Elizabeth Adley (Rumford, Maine) and junior Meridith Blessard (Lincoln, Maine) at the second spot. The Chargers made it a sweep when senior Lauren Blanchard (Agawam, Mass.) and senior Christine Hill (Wallingford, Conn.) came away with a No. 3 victory over senior Samantha Dubay (Fort Kent, Maine) and sophomore Marisa Brown (Lincoln, R.I.).
Colby-Sawyer, needing just two points to claim the title, clinched the championship with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Miller, the tournament's MVP, defeated Bednarz in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 at the third spot. Yang got the match clinching point at No. 2 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Smith. Yang was named All-Tournament along with Woodside who was leading her No. 1 singles match 6-0, 3-0 when the match was clinched.
Husson's Blessard and Dubay were named to the All-Tournament Team.