After an easy 9-0 win against Lyndon State on Saturday, Oct. 3 the Spartans had a tougher match Sunday against Plattsburgh State.On Saturday, things played out as usual for the Spartans as they posted a 9-0 shutout for the eighth time this year, and the second time against Lyndon State.
Michelle Podnecky and Kate Bucci won a clean 8-0 in singles, as well as Charly Klaas, Brynn Paraschos, Brittni Racine, and Chelsea Crehan.
Castleton finished conference play sweeping all six of its opponents by scores of 9-0. On Sunday, despite starting the day losing at doubles 2-1, the Spartans came back to win 5-4 thanks to single wins from Podnecky, Bucci, Paraschos, and Cretan. It was the first time the Spartans faced the Cardinals.
“It was a good competition, Brynn and I worked well together,” said Klaas. “We didn’t expect to win at all, SUNY schools usually have very good competition.”
For doubles, Charly and Brynn won 8-0 thanks to great teamwork and communication. Bucci and Podnecky lost a hard fought match to Katie Rogers and Rachel Hodnett for No. 1 doubles, 8-6. The Cardinals proved to be a formidable foe, as they became the third team to score four or more points against Castleton.
Coach Pual Cohen reflected on the match.
“They’re a very tough match up. We’d rather play a team like this than have an easy win,” said Cohen. “We get to finish the season up with these guys and then Colby-Sawyer, so it’ll get us ready for what’s next.”
With a 6-4, 6-1 win against Victoria Germano, Bucci improved to 12-1 in singles and has won her last four matches. Not only is Bucci tearing it up, but Paraschos reached 12-1 in singles as well. In singles, Podnecky won a hard match against Hodnett.
Cohen had nothing but praise for Podnecky.
“She played so well, she can beat anybody when she’s on; she’s so balanced; she has power and speed. She’s unbeatable in top form,” said Cohen.
If the Spartans win in the North Atlantic Conference they then go to the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Winning the NEAC spells an NCAA tournament bid, which is a goal for the team this season.
Castleton will face Colby-Sawyer away for the last game this season.