Women's Tennis Blanks Bowdoin - Advances To NESCAC Semi's

May 7, 2010

The fourth-seeded Middlebury women's tennis team advanced past No. 5 seed Bowdoin in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2010 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship at Amherst College. The Panthers improve to 13-4 on the year and will take on the top-seeded Ephs of Williams tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., while the Polar Bears are eliminated from the tournament with a 9-7 record.

Middlebury took an early 1-0 lead in doubles play with an 8-4 win by Leah Kepping and Brittney Faber at number three. The Polar Bears took the Panthers to extra games at both number one and two, with Jamie Haar and Alexandra McAtee winning 9-7 at number one and Anna Burke and Victoria Aiello pulling out a 9-8 result at number two. The tough pair of losses in doubles put Bowdoin in a 3-0 hole, setting the table for a sweep by Middlebury.

Earning the crucial points for Middlebury in singles action were Kepping and Burke in the number five and six singles spots. Kepping topped Bowdoin's Hannah Hoerner 6-1, 6-0, while Burke ousted Elizabeth Pedowizt 6-0, 6-2.

The top of Bowdoin's lineup was doing its part in singles play with Kellen Alberstone and Emily Lombardi each up a set at number one and two singles, and Brett Davis sitting in a 5-5 deadlock with Faber at number three. It was too little too late for the Polar Bears though, as Middlebury advanced to tomorrow's conference semifinals.

Middlebury College 5, Bowdoin College 0
Singles competition
1. Victoria Aiello (MID) vs. Kellen Alberstone (BOW) 4-6, 1-1, unfinished
2. Alexandra McAtee (MID) vs. Emily Lombardi (BOW) 1-6, 1-2, unfinished
3. Brittney Faber (MID) vs. Brett Davis (BOW) 5-5, unfinished
4. Jamie Haar (MID) vs. Chantalle Lavertu (BOW) 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
5. Leah Kepping (MID) def. Hannah Hoerner (BOW) 6-1, 6-0
6. Anna Burke (MID) def. Elizabeth Pedowitz (BOW) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Jamie Haar/Alexandra McAtee (MID) def. Brett Davis/Kellen Alberstone (BOW) 9-7
2. Anna Burke/Victoria Aiello (MID) def. Hannah Hoerner/Chantalle Lavertu (BOW) 9-8
3. Leah Kepping/Brittney Faber (MID) def. Emily Lombardi/Elizabeth Pedowitz (BOW) 8-4