April 16, 2012

The Middlebury College women's tennis team picked a big victory at home on Friday, topping #2 Emory (10-4) by a score of 5-4.

Leading 2-1 after doubles play, senior Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) earned a 6-3, 6-4 win at #2, followed by a 6-2, 6-3 victory at #1 by first-year player Lok Sze Leung (Hong Kong) over second-ranked Gabbie Clark. The contest was a rematch of the Fall ITA National Small College championship match, where Leung also emerged victorious.

Emory picked up wins at #5, #4 and #6 to even the match at 4-4. The final contest at #3 came down to a third set tie-breaker between Panther junior Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.) and Mika Padmanabhan of Emory. After dropping the first set 2-6, Kepping battled back for 7-5 and 7-6 (4) wins to clinch the victory

Middlebury picked up its second win in as many days as the seventh-ranked Panthers earned an 8-1 win over 10th-ranked Bowdoin. The Panthers remain undefeated at 11-0, 3-0 in the league, while the Polar Bears fall to 6-5, 2-1 in NESCAC play.

Middlebury took 2-3 doubles matches to hold the early advantage. Junior Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, Minn.) gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Chantalle Lavertu at #4, before Kepping made it a 4-1 match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Kate Winingham in the #2 slot. Rookie Katie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) sealed the victory at #6, defeating Emma Chow by a score of 6-4, 7-6 (6).

• Women’s tennis record: 11-0

• Up next: 4/18 @ Williams, 4/21 @ Skidmore