Castleton State College men’s tennis team defeated Sage and Johnson State this past week, bringing its record to 3-1. On March 17, the Spartans continued to show their overall talent when three double matches with Justin Garritt, and Kevin Eisenberg, Calvin Henry and Willie Levine, Adam McCaffery and Eric Slosek ended in 8-0 victories against Sage.
The single matches resulted in Castleton winning six matches straight. Garritt went up against Mackenzie Riley after beating her and teammate Jaret Falkowitz in the double’s match and sent Riley home with another loss. Levine went up against Octavia Gales, one of two females on Sage’s team, and managed to pull through with another point towards Castleton.
“I was surprised that there was a girl on the team, but she actually ended up being alright,” said Levine, “It was closer then the score indicated.”
On March 19, the men had their first conference match against Johnson State. The matches ended in yet another win for Castleton.
“We’re 3-1 overall, but we’re undefeated in conference,” said Levine.
Altogether the match scores were a little closer than the ones against Sage, Garritt and Eisenberg defeated Ryan Joy and Alen Turan 9-7 in doubles play. The other two doubles matches weren’t as close as Levine and Henry defeated their opponents 8-3 and McCaffery and Slosek defeated their opponents 8-0.
The singles were overall the same, mainly between 6-0 or 6-2, letting the Spartans walk out with a 1-0 record in the North Atlantic Conference.
The Spartans’ next match is on March 25 at Green Mountain, but March 31’s match is against their rivals, Norwich University.
“I mean it’s looking pretty good so far since this is my first season. I’m not entirely sure what other teams have to offer,” said McCaffery, “I’m excited to see what we have to give.