Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's tennis season closed out the regular season with a 7-2 win over Thomas College on Sunday afternoon. The Hornets finish the regular season with an overall record of 2-8. Thomas remains winless in nine matches, with one contest remaining on their schedule.
The Hornets gained the early advantage by taking two of three doubles matches. The first doubles team of Savannah Jackson (Barre, VT) and Faibe Achinda (Hinesburg, VT) beat their counterparts from Thomas, Cassidy Ham and Samantha Mercier, 8-4. The third doubles pairing, Roze Yar (Winooski, VT) and Oo Mai Be (Winooski, VT) defeated Abigail Stevens and Amber Paine by the same 8-4 margin. The Thomas team of Makayla Guerette and Breanna Whitmarsh turned the tables in second doubles, downing the Hornets' Erica Hayakawa (Fukuoka, Japan) and Melissa Calabro (New Canaan, CT) 8-4.
Moving to singles play, Jackson, Achinda, and Hayakawa all posted straight set victories. In first flight, Jackson downed Hamm 6-2, 6-0. Achinda defeated Mercier 6-0, 6-1 in second singles. Hayakawa was a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Guerrette in fourth singles. With the match outcome decided, Be picked up an abbreviated 8-5 win over Paine in sixth singles.
Yar and Stevens played the most competitive match of the day in fifth singles. After Yar took the opening set 6-3, Stevens came back to even the match with a 6-0 win in the second set. Yar emerged victorious with a 10-6 win in the third set tiebreaker.
Whitmarsh gave Thomas their only singles win of the day with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Calabro in third singles.
Prior to today's match the Hornets celebrated Senior Day. Calabro, the team's only senior, was honored for her contributions to the Hornet tennis program before play began.
The Hornets have clinched the #4 seed in the North Atlantic Conference Championship Tournament. The tournament will be held next Saturday at the Berkshire West Athletic Club in Pittsfield, MA. The Hornets will face #1 seed and regular season champion Husson University in the semi-finals next Saturday. #2 Lesley University and #3 NVU-Johnson will meet in the other semi-final. Pllay begins at 9:00 am. The order of the two semi-final matches will be determined on Tuesday. The two semi-final winners will square off for the NAC Championship and a bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament one hour after the semi-final matches have been completed.