Colby-Sawyer Men's Tennis Wins Sixth-Straight NAC/NEAC Crossover Championship

Colby-Sawyer Men's Tennis Wins Sixth-Straight NAC/NEAC Crossover Championship

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

LATHAM, N.Y. – The Colby-Sawyer College men’s tennis team defeated Penn State Berks, 9-0, to win their sixth-straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC)/North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover title on Sunday at Tri-City Tennis Club.

Colby-Sawyer, who defeated the Nittany Lions 9-0 in last year’s crossover match, improves to 9-10 and earns the automatic bid to this year’s NCAA Tournament. The 2018 NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday at noon on NCAA.com. With today’s win, Head Coach Barry Schoonmaker has reached 100 career wins with the Colby-Sawyer men’s program. Penn State Berks ends its season at 10-7.

Colby-Sawyer got off to a great start by sweeping doubles play. Junior Alex Wright (St. Austell, Cornwall, England) and senior Andrew Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) got the Chargers on the board with an 8-2 triumph over seniors Grant Batzer (Lititz, Pa.) and Will Byler (Lancaster, Pa.) at No. 3 doubles. Senior Gustav Jigrup (Gothenburg, Vastra Frolunda, Sweden) and freshman Nick Mathieu (Topsham, Maine) defeated sophomores Mostafa Rahmy (Cairo, Egypt) and Diego Olazagasti (Exeter, Pa.) 8-3 at the top doubles spot to give the Chargers a 2-0 lead. The No. 2 duo of sophomore Matt Burke (Milford, Conn.) and sophomore Cam Lynch (Haverhill, Mass.) made it a sweep by winning their match over sophomore Federico Ochoa (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and freshman Curtis Uhle (Blue Bell, Pa.) by an 8-2 score.

Wright put the Chargers on top 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Rahmy at No. 3 singles.

Peloquin got the match-clinching point for Colby-Sawyer with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 5 over Ochoa.

Jigrup battled to a straight-sets victory over Byler at the top flight. The first set was played tightly throughout, but Jigrup came away with a 6-4 win. He took the momentum into the second set and went on for a 6-0 win to take the match.

Mathieu posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Olazagasti at No. 2, while Burke defeated Uhle 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4.

At No. 6, Colby-Sawyer senior Ross Kenney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) gave the Chargers the 9-0 win with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Batzer.

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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), 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 tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.

*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 tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men’s tennis and members from each conference divided into an East and West Division with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.