With a ticket to the postseason up for grabs, the Men’s Tennis team scorched Green Mountain College 9-0 to ensure a place in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) playoffs.
The Trailblazers finish the regular season with a 4-5 overall record, having gone 3-3 in the conference to secure fourth place out of seven teams in the NAC. Celebration on one side means heartbreak for the other as Green Mountain College will finish the year outside the playoff structure.
This match was filled with intensity despite the look of the final score. A win and you are in type of situation here, folks. Junior Aaron Goldsmith and senior Robert Wabshinak started the day off right with an 8-3 victory in the first doubles match. Freshman Andrew Nygard and junior Jared Freeman followed this up with an 8-4 win and the duo of sophomore Robert Gair and senior Jeffrey Mason polished off the doubles competition with another 8-3 decision.
The Blazers were up 3-0 on Green Mountain. Playoffs were within reach. The light at the end of the tunnel was getting ever brighter. And so the singles competition began. Goldsmith defeated Green Mountain College sophomore Kei Sako 6-1, and 6-2 to extend the lead to 4-0.
MCLA needed another point to put it out of reach and guarantee playoffs once again. Instead they got five points from Wabshinak, Nygard, Mason, Gair, and sophomore Jack Peterson. A sweep of the singles was just as sweet as what it meant.
This year saw the Blazers split the first two games before hitting a rough patch of three consecutive losses. That could have been that and the Men’s Tennis team could have faded away from the pack. Instead they charged against Johnson State College for an 8-1 win and beat Sage College 9-0 to revive their chances. This win puts them in fourth place and against the defending champions Colby Sawyer Chargers.
The Chargers have had another dominant season this year, not losing in six games against NAC opponents. They went 11-10 overall and have captured the last five consecutive NAC championships.
The NAC East Semifinals begin at 11 a.m. this Saturday. Go Blazers!