May 16, 2011

            The Panther women’s tennis team saw its season come to an end with a 5-0 loss at Amherst in the NCAA Regional Finals. The Jeffs continued their postseason run and head to the national quarterfinals with an 18-2 record, while the Panthers end their season at 11-6.

            Picking up Amherst’s first point on Sunday were Mimi Bell and Natasha Brown, who defeated juniors Anna Burke (Summit, N.J.) and Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) at number two by a score of 8-3 for their fifth consecutive win of the season. First-years Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin then bumped Amherst’s lead to 2-0 with an 8-5 result in the top matchup, followed by Jennifer Newman and Caroline Richman coming out on top at number three to complete the doubles sweep.

            Brewer gave the Jeffs their fourth point when she defeated Aiello in the number one singles match, 6-3, 6-2. Carlissa King then sealed the win at number two, earning a 6-1, 6-4 victory over sophomore Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.). When play was stopped, Middlebury sophomore Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, Minn.) was leading Devlin at number three, 7-6(4), 2-1. The remaining three singles matches were all tied up in their first sets. 

            Due to inclement weather, Sunday’s match was moved indoors to the Grande Meadows Tennis Club in Longmeadow, Mass.

            On Saturday, Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Regional finals with a 5-0 win over Skidmore (11-9) at Amherst.

            Middlebury had little trouble in doubles play, winning all three matches by a score of 8-3. Burke gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Molly Nolan at the #5 singles position. The match was sealed moments later, when junior Sally Wilkey (Vero Beach, Fla.) topped Tory Engros 6-4, 6-0 at #4 to send the Panthers to the regional final. 

• Women’s tennis final record: 11-6