Middlebury

Women's Tennis Headed To NESCAC's

April 27, 2006

Middlebury will take part in the 2006 NESCAC Tennis Championships at Williams this weekend. Amherst will look to capture its third consecutive NESCAC Women's Tennis title this weekend when the Jeffs join five other squads at Williams for a chance to claim the 2006 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship. The three-day event begins with the first match on Friday at 9:00 a.m. at the Torrence M. Hunt courts in Williamstown, Mass. The 2006 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship will conclude on Sunday, April 30, with the championship match at 9:00 a.m.

The format of the NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship changed this year and will feature six teams vying for the NESCAC crown. Previ-ously, the event was set up as an individual flighted tournament that included players from all 11 members of the NESCAC. Individuals and doubles teams were seeded in different classes, and a team score was determined on a points system that assigned a value for wins. For the 2006 championship, teams were chosen by a tournament selection committee to participate in this year's championship. The six teams partici-pating have been seeded one-to-six, with the top two seeds receiving a first round bye.

Friday's first match will feature fourth-seed Bowdoin (7-8) taking on fifth-seed Tufts (8-7). These two squads last met during the Fall of 2005, with the Polar Bears upending the Jumbos 6-3 in Medford, Mass. on October 1. Bowdoin took four of the six singles matches from Tufts in the victory, spurred on by straight-set victories by rookie Sarah D'Elia (Fairfield, Conn.) and sophomore Kristen Raymond (Dover, Mass.). For Tufts, look for senior Becky Bram (Winchester, Mass.) and junior Jen Luten (Clayton, Mo.) to pace the Jumbos on Friday morning against the Polar Bears. Bowdoin closed out the regular season over the weekend by defeating Maine rival Colby 8-1 on Sunday, holding a 4-3 record in April and a 7- 5 record against NCAA Division III foes. Tufts entered this week having won its last two matches, 6-3 against Connecticut College on April 18 and 9-0 at Bates on April 22. The Jumbos, who are 3-2 to date in April, will compete at Wellesley on Wednesday, April 26.

The team that advances from Friday's match will earn the right to face top-seeded Amherst (9-3) in the first semifinal on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Amherst has already secured a victory over both teams this season, defeating Bowdoin 8-1 back in the Fall on October 2, and more recently moving past Tufts 8-1 on April 11. While the Jeffs graduated four All-NESCAC players after last season, they return a strong group led by seniors Kristen Raverta (W. Springfield, Mass.) and Hadley Miller (N. Canton, Ohio) along with sophomores Alicia Menezes (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Jennifer Murphy (Simsbury, Conn.). Raverta has won her last seven singles matches, failing to drop a set during that span. The Jeffs enter Saturday's match after closing out the regular season with a narrow loss to Williams on April 22, 5-4.

The other first round match on Friday will feature third-seed Middlebury (9-5) against sixth-seed Connecticut College (10-8). Middlebury de-feated Connecticut College in the last meeting between the two clubs on April 1, 8-1 in Middlebury, Vt. Junior co-captain Amy Roche (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) spearheaded a Panther attack during that match, winning her singles meeting with Connecticut College junior Beret Remak (Minneapolis, Minn.) 6-1, 6-2, as all six singles matches were won in straight sets. Roche, a NESCAC All-Conference First Team selection last year, holds a 16-4 singles record this season. Remak, the captain for the Camels this season, owns a 15-5 singles record entering the weekend, having won each of her last four singles matches. Middlebury has won three of its last four matches, most recently overcoming Bowdoin 5-4 on April 22, while Connecticut College is 4-4 through the month of April, dropping its regular season finale 5-4 at Bates on April 23.

The winner of the Connecticut College-Middlebury match will face second-seeded Williams (11-5) in the second semifinal of the day on Satur-day. The Ephs enter the weekend having won four of their last five matches, most recently upending Amherst 5-4 on April 22. Williams has faced Middlebury twice in the past year, winning the first meeting 5-4 on October 11, but falling in the more recent match 5-4 on April 15. The Ephs have not competed against Connecticut College so far this season. Senior Courtney Bartlett (Marietta, Ga.), who earned All-NESCAC Second Team recognition a year ago, has won four of her last five singles matches, owning a 12-6 mark this season.

Results of each match will be available at the conclusion of each day at www.nescac.com.

Founded in 1971, The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) consists of 11 liberal arts colleges and has consistently reflected its commitment to the values of athletics and academic achievement. The member colleges of the conference are Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, and Williams College. For more information on the NESCAC, visit www.nescac.com.

2006 NESCAC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
First Round - Friday, April 28
No. 5 Tufts vs. No. 4 Bowdoin - 9:00 a.m.
No. 6 Connecticut College vs. No. 3 Middlebury - Immediately Following

Semifinals - Saturday, April 29
Winner No. 5/No. 4 vs. No. 1 Amherst - 9:00 a.m.
Winner No. 6/No. 3 vs. No. 2 Williams - Immediately Following

Championship - Sunday, April 30
Semifinal Winners - 9:00 p.m.

-- COURTESY NESCAC --

No. 5 Tufts vs. No. 4 Bowdoin - 9:00 a.m.
No. 6 Connecticut College vs. No. 3 Middlebury - Immediately Following

Semifinals - Saturday, April 29
Winner No. 5/No. 4 vs. No. 1 Amherst - 9:00 a.m.
Winner No. 6/No. 3 vs. No. 2 Williams - Immediately Following

Championship - Sunday, April 30
Semifinal Winners - 9:00 p.m.

-- COURTESY NESCAC --