October 15, 2012

Middlebury's sophomore Lok-Sze Leung (Hong Kong) came up one match shy of repeating as the Division III ITA singles champion. She fell to Gabrielle Clark of Emory in the finals on Saturday, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. The match took place at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama.

The rivalry between Leung and Clark is now at two wins apiece. A year ago, Leung topped Clark in the ITA singles championship match, while also defeating her at a home match in May. Clark returned the favor in the NCAA Championship match later in May.

In her first-round match-up on Thursday, Leung defeated Ava Sadeghi of Vassar, 6-2, 6-0. Friday, Leung advanced to the championship match with a 6-3, 6-1 over Brittni Fausett of Mary-Hardin Baylor.

The rest of her teammates were competing at the NEWITT (New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament) hosted by Smith, Mt. Holyoke and Amherst. The format of the tournament saw three-point matches, with duos earning a point for a singles win as well as one for a doubles victory. Senior Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.) and first-year player Ria Gerger (Houston, Texas) advanced to the quarterfinal round at the tournament, falling 2-1 to Amherst. Sophomores Katie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) and Sarah Macy (Potomac, Md.) dropped their first match, before earning a 3-0 mark in consolation play. First-year players Lauren Amos (Tuscon, Ariz.) and Sadie Shackelford (Sewanee, Tenn.) as well as seniors Blake Harries (Salt Lake City, Utah and Dee Dee Myers (Winnetka, Ill.) each earned 1-1 marks in the main draw. Junior Dorrie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) and first-year player Margot Marchese (Summit, N.J.) were 0-1 in the main draw, earning a victory in consolation play.

• Women’s tennis competes at NEWITT/ITA

• Up next: 10/19-21 – Host Panther Team Cup