April 23, 2012

The Middlebury College women's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season, falling at top-ranked Williams by a score of 6-3. The match, which started outside and moved inside due to darkness, took just over six and a half hours to complete. The seventh-ranked Panthers fall to 11-1 on the season while the Ephs moved to 14-1.

Williams claimed the early lead in the match by winning two of the three doubles matches. Middlebury’s top duo of juniors Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.) won over the Eph tandem of Taylor French and Kara Shoemaker 8-1.

The Eph’s number two team of Kristin Alotta and Kathleen Elkins won a tiebreaker 9-8 (5) over senior Anna Burke (Summit, N.J.) and first-year player Lok Sze Leung (Hong Kong). At three doubles, the Eph pairing of Caroline Capute and Nancy Worley prevailed over senior Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) and junior Dee Dee Myers (Winnetka, Ill.), 8-4.

Leung was a 7-6 (2) winner at #1 singles, while Kepping earned a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory at #3. Aiello and Faber both lost in three sets, while both of the Paradies’ matches (sophomore Dorrie, rookie Katie/Atlanta, Ga.) at five and six were tight.

Later in the week, the Panthers improved to 12-1 overall with a 7-2 non-league win at Skidmore. Middlebury took two of three doubles matches before winning in straight sets in five of six singles contests.

• Women’s tennis record: 12-1

• Up next: 4/28 vs. Tufts – 2:00, 4/29 @ Amherst – 2:00