April 30, 2012

The Middlebury College women's tennis team picked up a NESCAC win over Tufts on Saturday, topping the 13th-ranked Jumbos, 7-2. The Panthers improve to 12-1 overall, while the Jumbos drop their fourth straight match, losing to #10 Bowdoin, #1 Williams, #3 Amherst and #7 Middlebury.

Middlebury took 2-3 doubles matches, with Sophie Schonfeld and Becca Kimmel of Tufts topping senior Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) and junior Dee Dee Myers (Winnetka, Ill.) of Middlebury 8-5 at #3.

The Panthers won five of six singles matches, all of them coming in straight sets. Junior Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.) cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Shelci Bowman at #3, while first-year player Lok Sze Leung (Hong Kong) had little trouble with Lindsay Katz at #1, 6-1, 6-2. Aiello was a 6-3, 6-2 at #2, while Dorrie and Katie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) both earned singles victories at #5 and #6.

The Panthers ended their regular season with a 5-4 loss at #3 Amherst on Sunday afternoon. Middlebury fell in a big hole early, dropping all three doubles matches with tight competition throughout. The Panthers took four of six singles matches, but could not overcome the Jeffs.

Amherst went up 4-0 when Safi Aly defeated D. Paradies 7-5, 6-1 in the fifth spot. The Panthers then ran off four straight singles matches to tie the contest at 4-4. Leung was a 6-4, 6-1 winner at #1, while junior Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, Minn.) earned a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win at #4 to make it a 4-2 match. Kepping continued the momentum with a 7-5, 6-2 victory at #3, while K. Paradies tied the match at #6 with a 6-2, 6-2 win.

The match came down to the #2 singles contest, where Jennifer Newman edged Aiello 6-4, 7-6 (3) to seal the win.

• Women’s tennis record: 13-2

• Up next: 5/4-6 @ NESCAC Championship (Williams)