The men’s tennis team, led by sixth-year head coach Bruce Moreton, is looking to bounce back from last year’s winless season.
The Spartans’ first match of the 2006 season pit them up against defending
conference champions Thomas College. Castleton got off to an early 2-1 lead after the
three doubles matches, giving them momentum heading into singles competition.
Thomas College didn’t stand a prayer in the singles matches, as the Spartans won all six to come away victorious 8-1.
“With that being our first match, I think we played very well,” said senior Justin Davis. “We just have a very solid team from top to bottom. Our team chemistry is phenomenal. We are pretty much a group of brothers.”
The very next day, Castleton played Green Mountain College, a team that
beat them the past three years.
The Spartans showed that times have changed and had a clean 3-0 sweep in doubles, led by Davis and Robbie Gray. Momentum once again carried over for the Spartans into singles play to defeat Green Mountain 8-1.
Senior co-captain Adam White, Robbie Gray, Jessee Maranda, Jason Gramling
and Ted Panasci all came away with wins to improve the team’s record to 2-0.
“It’s very good to start out 2-0, but now we just have to get back to practice and work on some things because we have a match against a tough team in Norwich,” Davis said.
The Castleton men’s tennis team hosts Norwich today.