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