May 9, 2011

The Middlebury College women’s tennis team hosted the NESCAC Tournament, falling 5-3 to Amherst in the semifinals. The Panthers are expected to get an at-large bid to the NCAA’s when the pairings are announced on late Monday.

            Last weekend, Middlebury hosted the NESCAC Tournament, falling 5-3 to Amherst in the semifinals. Amherst took two of three doubles matches, with Middlebury sophomores Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.) emerging with an 8-6 win over Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin at #1.

            Middlebury tied the match at 2-2 when junior Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) defeated Jordan Brewer 6-4, 3-0, (ret.) in the #1 singles slot. Laken King earned a win at #6, followed by a victory at #4 for Caroline Richman to give the Jeffs a 4-2 lead. Leah Kepping brought the Panthers within one at 4-3 with a win at #2 singles. Devlin later sealed the match for Amherst, defeating Faber 6-1, 6-4 in #3 singles.

            Middlebury advanced to the semifinals round with a 5-1 win over Bowdoin (12-6) on Friday. Middlebury led 2-0 in doubles action before Hannah Hoerner and Chantalle Lavertu earned an 8-6 win over rookie Dorrie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) and junior Sally Wilkey (Vero Beach, Fla.) at #3.

            Faber gave Middlebury a 3-1 edge at #3 singles, defeating Emma Lewis 7-6 (6), 6-0. The Panthers were within one of clinching the match as Kepping picked up a 6-4, 6-2 win over Emily Lombardi in the #2 slot. Junior Anna Burke (Summit, N.J.) clinched for Middlebury at #5, topping Kate Winingham 6-3, 7-6 (0). The remaining matches saw each team up a set, with the #4 singles match heading to a third set.
• Women’s tennis record: 10-5
• Up next: TBA