Terriers, Spartans slip past Hornets

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Thomas College earned its first North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division victory of the season with a narrow 5-4 win over Lyndon at the Dudley Bell Tennis Center.

The Hornet duo of Kayla Flynn (Johnston, R.I.) and Kelsey Johnson (White River junction, Vt.)  staked the hosts to a 1-0 lead after first doubles with a hard-fought 9-8 (7-5) victory over Jessica Bowen and Tyler Ventura. But the advantage proved to be short-lived as the Terriers rebounded from the quick deficit to take the final two doubles matches of the afternoon.

Sarah Marckoon and Dalia Williams bested Olivia Bernard (Westmore, Vt.) and Alexandria Maynard (East Hampton, Conn.) 8-0 in No. 2 doubles before Meaghan Keene and Jennifer Johnson walked off with an 8-5 win over Lyndon's Chelsea Watson (Eliot, Maine) and Margaret George (Glover, Vt.) in the third flight.

In singles play, Flynn topped Bowen 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in No. 1 singles while Williams defeated Lyndon's Johnson in three sets 4-6, 60- and 6-4. In third flight singles, the terrier's Ventura blanked Bernard in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 and Marckoon earned the visitor's fourth win of the day - a 6-2, 6-1 win over Maynard in No. 4 singles.

George grabbed the Hornets' third win in fifth flight singles, topping Keene 6-1, 6-1, and Kelly Butler (Hubbardston, Mass.) brought home the final Lyndon victory of the day, a 7-5, 6-4 decision in No. 6 singles.

On Sunday, Lyndon dropped its second straight 5-4 decision in as many days, falling to arch-rival Castleton on the road.

The Hornet duo of Flynn and Maria Parr (Montpelier, Vt.) earned a win in first doubles with an 8-2 victory over Olga McIntyre and Felicia West. In No. 2 double the Spartan team of  Chelsea Crehan and Meghan Susslin bested Bernard and Johnson 8-3 before teammates Lauren Fedorka and Sara Novenstern walked off with an 8-4 win over Lyndon's Maynard and George in the third flight.

In singles play, Flynn topped McIntyre 6-1, 6-2 in No. 1 singles while Johnson defeated West in three sets 3-6, 7-5 and 6-2. In third flight singles, Parr beat Fedorka in straight sets 7-5, 6-0 and Crehan earned the Spartans' third win of the day - a 6-1, 6-0 win over Bernard in No. 4 singles.

Susslin grabbed the host's fourth win in fifth flight singles, topping George 6-3, 6-0, and Novenstern sealed the Castleton win by bringing home the final victory of the day, a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Butler in No. 6 singles.