The Castleton State College men’s tennis team is continuing to dominate the North Atlantic Conference as it defeated Johnson State College 7-2 on March 17 and Green Mountain College 8-1 on March 19, improving its record to 3-0 in conference play and 3-1 overall.The Spartans have been unbeaten in conference play since 2005 and they have won the last four conference championships. Castleton graduated four seniors from last season’s championship team, but junior Justin Garritt is very pleased with the efforts from the new players.
“This group has come together and works hard each and everyday,” he said. “I am so impressed with the motivation of the new players to work harder and get better.”
On March 17, Johnson opened up its season while Castleton came into the contest with a 2-1 record. The Spartans dropped first doubles, but juniors Justin Garritt and Eric Slosek took second doubles 8-3, and the duo of Kevin Eisenberg and Corey Kimball won 8-2 in third doubles.
In singles action, Garritt swept to win in second singles (6-0, 6-0) while Eisenberg won third (6-1, 6-2). Senior Greg Klopfer battled his way to a three-set win in fourth (6-3, 2-6, 6-1) while Slosek earned a 6-4, 6-4 win in fifth. Kimball wrapped up the singles competition with a 6-4, 6-1 win.
On March 19 at Vermont Sport and Fitness, Castleton once again dominated and defeated Green Mountain. The Spartans swept doubles competitions as sophomore Sam Levine and Klopfer earned an 8-1 in first doubles. Garritt and Slosek earned an 8-2 win in second doubles, and the team of Eisenberg and Kimball picked up an 8-0 win.
In singles, the Spartans dropped just one match and two sets when earning the win. Garritt won first singles 6-2, 6-1 while Eisenberg swept to a 6-0, 6-0 win in second singles. Klopfer (6-1, 6-1) and Slosek (6-0, 6-2) won third and fourth singles respectively, and Freshman Adam Woodell won 6-2, 6-1.
The Spartans will face Sage College on Wednesday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m. in non-conference action. On March 27 they will travel to Thomas College, and according to Garritt, that will be their toughest opponent yet.
“Thomas College is our most competitive NAC challenger,” Garritt said. “Our entire team will need to be ready and on their “A” game.”
Garritt is very excited and optimistic about the remainder of the season.
“I look forward to continuing to see this group grow and have high expectations for the remainder of the season,” he said.