The men’s tennis team started the season in good form with a shutout against Lyndon State. The Spartans didn’t drop a set in the 9-0 win. Jessee Maranda, Jeremy Henderson, Ted Panasci and Jamie Cook led the team with wins in both singles and doubles matches. The Spartans followed with another victory against Thomas College. Coach Bruce Moreton’s squad dropped only one match for an 8-1 win in the non-conference match-up. Maranda, Henderson, Panasci and Cook again competed in double the action to lead Castleton. Justin Garritt also faced singles and doubles opponents.
“We had an excellent start to our season by sweeping Lyndon State College and dominating Thomas,” said Panasci, a junior.
However, Castleton was unable to continue the early season momentum as they fell short against rival Norwich. The team fell behind early and was unable to rally to a victory despite wins by Garritt, Henderson and Cook in singles matches. Cook and Dan Pilierio claimed the only doubles win for the resulting 5-4 loss.
“Of the three years that I have been on this team, I believe this year has the strongest team yet. We have excellent depth,” Panasci said. “All of our singles one through six are very strong tennis players and our doubles teams have excellent chemistry.”
The Spartans return to action today as they travel to Colby-Sawyer.
“This will be our biggest challenge. They are clearly the toughest team we play this year,” Panasci said. “The following matches are NAC conference matches and we will have to keep our consistency to show them we are the team to beat this year.