Castleton tops Lyndon for second-straight NEAC East Title

RUTLAND, Vt. - The Castleton State College women's tennis team won its second-straight North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division title, defeating Lyndon 8-1 in the final at Grand Slam Tennis Center.

Castleton opened up a 3-0 lead after doubles competitions completed, with Michelle Podnecky and Kate Bucci earning an 8-3 win in first doubles. Brittni Racine and Chelsea Crehan followed with an 8-1 win in second while Kristen McGinn and  Alyssa Panasci earned an 8-2 victory in third.

In singles action Podnecky cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win first flight, while Bucci added a 6-0, 6-1 victory in second. Racine triumphed 6-3, 6-3 in third single before Lyndon got on the board with a victory in fourth singles. Maria Parr (Montpelier, Vt.) battled to a 7-6 (7-5) win in the opening set, and finished with a 6-0 second set win for the Hornet win. Crehan followed with a 6-3, 6-1 win at fifth singles while McGinn finished off the win 6-1, 6-3.

NEAC EAST DIVISION ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Johnson State College
Kimberly Blakeman

Lyndon State College
Jenn Falsetti

Castleton State College
Brittni Racine
Kate Bucci - MVP

Singles competition
1. Michelle Podnecky (CST) def. Kelsey Johnson (LYN) 6-1, 6-2 2. Kate Bucci (CST) def. Jenn Falsetti (LYN) 6-0, 6-1 3. Brittni Racine (CST) def. Kayla Flynn (LYN) 6-3, 6-3 4. Maria Parr (LYN) def. Marina Francy (CST) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 5. Chelsea Crehan (CST) def. Amber Hartman (LYN) 6-3, 6-1 6. Kristen McGinn (CST) def. Kaitlin Cunningham (LYN) 6-1, 6-3

 Doubles competition
1. Michelle Podnecky/Kate Bucci (CST) def. Jenn Falsetti/Kelsey Johnson (LYN) 8-3
2. Brittni Racine/Chelsea Crehan (CST) def. Kayla Flynn/Maria Parr (LYN) 8-1
3. Kristen McGinn/Alyssa Panasci (CST) def. Amber Hartman/Margaret George (LYN) 8-2