April 6, 2009

The Middlebury College women's tennis team won three home matches last week, all of them played at home. The Panthers played their first home match of the spring as #13 Middlebury picked up a 5-4 win over #25 Skidmore. Middlebury trailed 2-1 after doubles play, but received wins from seniors Elizabeth Stone (Cohasset, Mass.) and Clare Burke (Summit, N.J.), along with first-year player Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) to take a 4-2 lead in the match. Skidmore battled back with wins at #5 and #6 singles, as the contest came down to the #2 singles match between senior Chandra Kurien (Fairfield, Conn.) and Rachel Loeb of Skidmore. After dropping the first set, Kurien came back to earn a 7-5 win in the second set, before clinching the match with a 6-4 victory in the third.

Middlebury picked up its second straight win as they Panthers earned a 7-2 victory over Wesleyan in the Nelson Rec Center. The Panthers took two of three doubles matches and then grabbed a 3-1 win on a 6-1, 6-0 win at #1 singles by Aiello. Rookie Alyssa Puccinelli (New York, N.Y.) won 7-6, 6-3 in the #6 slot, before classmate Alexandra Guynn (Chicago, Ill.) came from down 1-4 in the third set to seal the match with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

The Panthers completed the week with an 8-1 NESCAC victory over Trinity in the Nelson Rec Center. Middlebury swept the doubles matches and won four of five singles matches in straight sets. First-year player Anna Burke (Summit, N.J.) clinched the match with her 6-2, 6-3 win in the #4 singles slot.

For complete match results, see: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports/womens/tennis/
. Women's tennis record: 7-5
. Up next: 4/11 @ Bowdoin, 4/12 @ Colby