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Hornet men's tennis falls to Thomas in NAC semi-finals

Hornet men's tennis falls to Thomas in NAC semi-finals

Essex Junction, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's tennis season came to an end in the North Atlantic Conference East semi-finals on Saturday morning.  The Hornets, the tournament's #4 seed, fell to top seeded Thomas College, 5-0, at The Edge Sports & Fitness.

Thomas jumped in front by capturing all three doubles matches.  At #1, the Terrier team of Ryan Chasse and Kaleb Payson defeated the Hornets' Patrick Wickstrom (Lafayette, LA) and Neal Mulligan (Marshfield, VT) 8-3.  Jared Waterhouse and Yontz Sutton of Thomas posted an 8-0 win over Mukhtar Sheikh Abdullahi (Mogadishu, Somalia) and Kyle Leighton (Burrillville, RI) at #2 doubles.  Christo Naranja and Jose Alfonso completed the doubled sweep with a, 8-2 win over Zach Falkenburg (Kirkville, NY) and Abukar Hassan (Kenya) at #3 doubles.

The match then continued with singles play.  All tournament matches are played to decision, so when Thomas picked up wins at #1 and #5 singles the Terriers secured the win.  Chasse recorded a 6-0, 6-2 win over Wickstrom at ffirst singles and Naranja downed Falkenburg 6-3, 6-0 at fifth singles.

Mulligan capped his season by being named to the All-Tournament Team.  In addition to pairing with Wickstrom at first doubles, he competed against Payson at second singles.  After dropping the first set, Mulligan rebounded and held a 5-4 lead in the second set when Thomas clinched the match.

The Terriers move to the NAC East finals, where they face the winner of the second semi-final between #2 seed Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and #3 SUNY Delhi.