May 11, 2009

After an NCAA Tournament win on Saturday, the Middlebury women's tennis team saw its season come to an end (11-10) with a 5-1 loss to defending NCAA Champion Williams (19-2) in a regional final contest. The two conference opponents had already faced off twice earlier in the season, with Williams taking both matches. The match was tighter today than it had been in previous contests, as the two of three unfinished matches were involved in three set battles while the third unfinished match appeared in Middlebury's control.

In doubles play, Williams' Annie Hancock and Kristin Alotta fell at court three to junior Jamie Haar (Alpine, N.J.) and rookie Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) of Middlebury, 8-4. The Ephs took the matches at courts one and two by 8-6 scores to own a 2-1 advantage.

Alotta redeemed her doubles loss by tallying the first singles point for the Ephs. She defeated senior Clare Burke (Summit, N.J.) at court two, 6-0, 6-3. Nikki Reich followed shortly at court three, beating Middlebury senior Elizabeth Stone (Cohasset, Mass.), 6-2, 6-2. Lucy Marchese, after taking a first set tiebreak, closed out the match with a 6-2 win in set two.

The Panther women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Regional finals after a 5-0 victory over Wellesley in a match played at Williams.

Middlebury put themselves up 3-0 after hard-fought doubles play. While the wins at courts two and three were relatively routine, Stone and senior Chandra Kurien (Fairfield, Conn.) earned a key third point at court one over Wellesley's Mohona Siddique and Jacqueline Shen in a tiebreak, 9-8(2). Only needing two singles matches for the victory, Middlebury wrapped up the match quickly. Kurien and Stone, carrying momentum from their tightly-contested doubles match, both took wins at courts two and three to end the contest. Kurien won 6-1, 6-3 over Siddique, while Stone defeated Shen, 6-3, 6-1.

For complete match results, see: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports/womens/tennis/
. Women's tennis final record: 11-10