April 8, 2013

The ninth-ranked Middlebury College women’s tennis team dropped its first home match of the spring, falling 7-2 to third-ranked Emory.

Middlebury trailed early, dropping all three doubles matches. In singles play, the Panthers earned wins at #1 and #2 singles, dropping the other four matches as all six singles contests were decided in straight sets. At #1 singles, sophomore Lok Sze Leung (Hong Kong) earned a 6-1, 6-3 win over Gabbie Clark in a battle of the top two ranked players in the country. Second-ranked Leung avenges a loss a year ago to Clark, as well as the NCAA Championship match last spring. Leung won the first-ever match between the two, picking up a victory in the fall of ’11 in the ITA singles championship. Rookie Ria Gerger (Houston, Texas) was Middlebury’s other victor, earning a 6-3, 6-4 win at #1.

Middlebury women's tennis team had little trouble with Wesleyan, as the Panthers picked up a 9-0 win over the 2-7 Cardinals. Middlebury swept through the doubles matches, before taking five of six singles contests in straight sets. 

• Women’s tennis record: 8-3

• Up next: 4/13 @ Bowdoin, 4/14 @ Colby