NORTHFIELD — The Norwich University tennis team secured a season sweep of Northern Vermont University-Johnson with Wednesday’s 9-0 victory at Shapiro Field House.
For the second straight match, Norwich (8-7) used a different lineup, giving some players a chance to play in their first varsity matches. The results were just as positive, as the Cadets secured their second straight 9-0 victory over an in-state opponent.
Brandon Sichak and Emily Johnston each had a part in Norwich sweeping the doubles action, 3-0, to establish an early advantage. Timothy Birnbaum and Sichak prevailed at No. 2 doubles with an 8-1 win over Trevor Newton and Donell Shaw. Johnston teamed with Sam Beiter to win at No. 3 doubles, 8-0, over Patrick Bell and Garrison French.
Sophomore Abbie Barker and freshman Timothy Santy continued their doubles magic, improving to 5-1 as a team. They snagged an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles over John Folsom and Kenneth Chandler.
Beiter enacted revenge on Folsom at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 victory after he lost to Folsom last week in solo action. Santy beat Chandler 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Noah Stillman faced one of his stiffest tests of the season at No. 3 singles, winning the first set 6-4 and then cruising to a 6-0 win in the second set. Birnbaum finished the day with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Shaw.
Freshman Daniel Luong won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 singles over Bell. Classmate Patrick Bulley beat French 6-3, 6-4 at No. 6 singles.
Norwich will travel to play Colby-Sawyer at 1 p.m. Saturday.
NEW LONDON, N.H. — Castleton got out to a good start then stayed just out of arm’s length during Wednesday’s non-conference victory.
Erin Shuttle had five goals, Morgan Derosia four goals and two assists and Megan Wood three of each for Castleton. Castleton is 5-4 after dropping Colby-Sawyer to 7-3.
The Spartans led 6-1 early but the hosts chipped away. But with Castleton clinging to a 6-5 lead in the second half, Shuttle, Derosia and Emma Best (two goals) strung together three markers for a 9-5 lead.
The Chargers pulled to within two goals again but got no closer.
Samantha Hebb had 10 saves for the Spartans and Kailyn Lapham had five for Colby-Sawyer. Brittany Ireland led the Chargers in scoring with three goals.
Castleton had a big edge in draw controls, 18-9.
Erin McKenna also had two goals for the Spartans who will host Southern Maine on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.