LATHAM, N.Y. - The Colby-Sawyer College men's tennis team won the program's first ever conference championship after defeating Rutgers-Camden 9-0 in Sunday's North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title match.
The Chargers improve to 14-7 and earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The pairings will be released on Monday.
Rutgers-Camden finishes the season at 11-6.
Colby-Sawyer took a 3-0 lead after doubles. Nathan Taschereau (Goffstown, N.H.) and Reeve Fidler (Groton, Mass.) won 8-2 over Ryan Airo (Pitman, N.J.) and Aaron Hartman (Wenonah, N.J.) at No. 1. The No. 2 Colby-Sawyer duo of Sergio Spassof (Pallini, Greece) and Justin Pinard (Essex, Vt.) defeated Terry Long (Haddon Heights, N.J.) and Ken Stubblefield (Port Republic, N.J.) 8-2. The Chargers then received an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles from Paul Holland (England, UK) and Clay Allen (Massena, N.Y.) who beat Mitch Lacsamana (Mullica Hill, N.J.) and Adil Ismaa'eel (Wilmington, Del.).
Taschereau eased by Hartman at the top flight 6-1, 6-1.
Pinard won his No. 2 singles match 6-2, 6-4 over Ismaa'eel, while Allen dispatched Long 6-4, 6-1 in the third slot.
The Scarlett Raptors' best chance to steal a point came at No. 4 when Stubblefield forced a third set against Spassof. Stubblefield fell 6-0 in the first set, but rebounded for a 6-4 win in set two. Spassof then cruised to a 10-3 in the tie break for the win.
Fidler breezed to a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 5, while Holland picked up a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 6.