The Castleton State College men's tennis team ended the season on a good note, going 8-6 overall and 4-2 in the North Atlantic Conference.
Head Coach Bruce Moreton, who has held the position for 14 years, was very proud of the team's success and said he had high expectations early on.
"At the beginning of the season I believed Castleton would end up in second place in the NAC, which is exactly what happened," he said.
Last year the men went 10-5 overall and 5-1 in conference play. Even though the record looks pretty solid, Moreton said the team looked even better this year.
"Overall we had a good season. From top to bottom the team was stronger than last year. The players were committed and worked hard and to improve," he said.
After a great season there were many highlights to look back on but Moreton said there was a few that stuck out in his mind.
He said the best thing was watching the number three doubles team, consisting of Matt Trombley and Mike Divis, as they won their semi-final match in the NAC tournament. Moreton also said another memorable moment was defeating Thomas College in the tournament after losing to them two weeks previous to the match.
However, with each season new talent is brought in and talented senior are lost. Next year the team will be losing some key players, including Adam McCaffrey, Mike Divis, Matt Trombley, and Josh Dower who have each contributed and led the team to where they are now.
Moreton said this group of guys would have made it to the finals in the NAC tournament their sophomore year if it weren't for a few unfortunate injuries.
He is especially happy for them this year and described the experience "gratifying," for making it so far in their career.
The Spartans will be returning four of their six starters, which makes for a pretty solid team next year but Moreton knows he will have to scout some new players to make a full team and achieve the goals for next season.
"In order to win the NAC championship we will have to find strong players and convince them to come to Castleton. So I will prioritize recruiting outstanding tennis players," he said.