Tennis; cross-country place 2nd in NAC

A season of hard fought battles for the Spartan women’s tennis team paid off, but left them just short of their goal. The Spartans, 8-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play this season, came away with a second place finish by scoring 10.5 points in the North Atlantic Conference playoffs just behind Becker College’s 12 point finish.

“We had a much stronger year than last year, and came within one win of taking the conference championship. Finishing in second place was gratifying, but deep down inside we wanted the win,” said Coach Paul Cohen.

The third-seeded Spartans came into the conference tournament firing on all cylinders winning their last four matches. Two of those cylinders were freshman Mary Kay Capone and senior Meg Kuczynski-Sherwin. Both finished off the season undefeated in singles competition.

Becker College finished first for the second straight year with 12 points, while the Spartans fell just shy with 10.5. Rounding out third and fourth places respectively were Bay College with 7.5 points and Johnson State with 1.5.

Castleton racked up 6.5 points with singles play wins by Charla Klaas, Jamie Olson, Kim Allen, Emily Hallett, Mary Kay Capone, Meg Kuczynski-Sherwi and 4 points with wins from Spartan doubles matches.

While the challenges of this season are over, Cohen said he is looking forward to a completely new set of challenges next season.

“I am looking forward to next season and the addition of some new teams in the conference, but losing three strong seniors will present us with a challenge. I tend to look at it as a good challenge, which will provide other players with opportunities to step up,” he said.

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