Colby-Sawyer Men's Tennis Wins Fifth Straight NEAC/NAC Crossover Title

Colby-Sawyer Men's Tennis Wins Fifth Straight NEAC/NAC Crossover Title

Release courtesy of Ryan Emerson, Colby-Sawyer Sports Information Director

LATHAM, N.Y. – The Colby-Sawyer men's tennis team won its fifth straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC)/North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover title after defeating Penn State Berks, 9-0, on Sunday at the Tri-City Tennis Club.

Today’s meeting was the first between to the two teams. Colby-Sawyer improves to 14-10 and will find out on Monday when and where the team will play in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Penn State Berks ends its season at 10-6.

Gustav Jigrup (Gothenburg, Vastra Frolunda, Sweden) and Alex Wright (St. Austell, Cornwall, England) got the Chargers on the board with an 8-3 win over Will Byler (Lancaster, Pa.) and Ryan Fritz (Ephrata, Pa.) at the top spot. Colby-Sawyer’s No. 2 duo of Dean Boodakian (Burlington, Mass.) and Ryan Sawyer (Edgartown, Mass.) defeated Omar Rahmy (Cairo, Egypt) and Mostafa Rahmy (Cairo, Egypt) 8-1. Cass McCann (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and Andrew Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) made it a doubles sweep for Colby-Sawyer with an 8-3 win at No. 3 over Diego Olazagasti (Exeter, Pa.) and Nick Volk (Kempton, Pa.).

Jigrup carried over his strong play from doubles and dispatched Byler 6-0, 6-0 at the top flight to bring Colby-Sawyer within a point from clinching.

Boodakian secured the win with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Mostafa Rahmy at fifth singles to send the Chargers to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament.

McCann then defeated Olazagasti 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3, while Wright cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Fritz at the second flight.

Sawyer won his No. 4 match over Omar Rahmy 6-2, 6-3 and Ryan Broderick (Londonderry, N.H.) finished the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Volk at No. 6.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf).  The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.  

*Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sport of men’s and women’s tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men’s tennis, while the NAC will compete as associate members of the NEAC in women’s tennis. Members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division for each sport, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner for each sport will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. 

A complete breakdown of the NEAC/NAC tennis partnership is as follows: 

Men's Tennis: NEAC members Bryn Athyn, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn College, Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks will play as associate members of the NAC in a West Division. The East Division will consist of NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Johnson State, Lyndon State, MCLA and Thomas. 

Women's Tennis: NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Husson, Johnson State, Lyndon State, MCLA and Thomas will play in the NEAC as associate members in the East Division. The West Division will consist of NEAC members Bryn Athyn, College of St. Elizabeth, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks and Wells.

For more information, please visit www.neacsports.com.