WOMEN’S TENNIS TO HOST NCAA REGIONAL
May 8, 2012
The Middlebury College women's tennis team will make its ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last 10 years when they host a six-team regional from May 11-13. Middlebury will take on the winner of the Ithaca/Scranton match on Saturday, May 12th, while Bowdoin meets the Wellesley/Mt. St. Mary winner. The winners meet in the regional final on Sunday.
Middlebury battled back but came up short, falling 5-3 to Amherst in a NESCAC semifinal contest at Williams. The Panthers fell to 14-3 on the year, while the Jeffs improved to 14-3.
All three doubles matches ended 8-5, with the Panthers winning the #1 contest as juniors Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.) topped Laura Danzig and Gabby Devlin.
First-year player Lok Sze Leung (Hong Kong) tied the match at 2-2 with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 victory over Danzig at #1 singles. The Jeffs regained the lead when Jennifer Newman topped senior Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) 6-2, 6-2 at #2. Amherst was one win away when Gabby Devlin defeated sophomore Dorrie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) 6-2, 6-2 in the fifth slot.
Faber earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Zoe Pangalos at #4 to cut the Amherst lead to 4-3. Amherst sealed the match at #6, when Safi Aly topped rookie Katie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Kepping and Caroline Richman had each won a set at #3 when the match was halted.
Middlebury advanced to the NESCAC semifinals with a 6-0 win over Trinity in a first-round match played at Williams.
The Panthers took a 3-0 lead after doubles play, including an 8-0 victory at #2 by senior Anna Burke (Summit, N.J.) and Leung over Kelsey Semrod and Frances Cameron. Middlebury won 8-1 at #1 and 8-4 at #3.
Kepping made it a 4-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at #3, while Leung followed with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Hilary Hoyt in the #1 slot. K. Paradies’ 6-0, 6-1 win at #6 over Caroline Gagne occurred at the same time as Leung’s victory, sealing the victory at for the Panthers at 6-0.
• Women’s tennis record: 14-3
• Up next: 5/11-13 – Host NCAA Regional