Bowdoin Knocks Off Women's Tennis In Regional Final
May 13, 2012
Bowdoin came back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Middlebury 5-4 to win an NCAA Women’s Tennis Regional in Middlebury, Vermont. The Polar Bears (13-8) will take on Emory in the national quarterfinals on Monday, May 21st in Cary, N.C. The Panthers finish their season with a record of 15-4.
Doubles play was tight throughout, with Middlebury emerging with a 2-1 lead. Brittney Faber and Leah Kepping trailed 3-0, before battling back with an 8-5 win over Kellen Alberstone and Emma Lewis.
Bowdoin evened the match at #3 singles, with an 8-6 win in a back and forth contest. Bowdoin’s Kate Winingham and Emily Lombardi led Katie Paradies and Victoria Aiello 3-0 and then found themselves trailing 5-4. The duo battled back and came away with the 8-6 victory.
The final doubles contest saw Middlebury leading most of the way, including 8-7 late. Bowdoin’s Emma Chow and Chantalle Lavertu came back to tie the match at 8-8 forcing a tie-breaker. Lok Sze Leung and Anna Burke emerged with a 7-5 victory tie-breaker.
Leung made it a 3-1 lead at #1 singles, topping Alberstone 6-2, 6-2. The Panthers took a 4-1 advantage when Katie Paradies defeated Howard 6-3, 6-4 in the #6 spot.
Bowdoin jumped back into the match at #2 singles when Winingham topped Aiello, 6-2, 7-5. The Polar Bears kept coming, making it a 4-3 match when Lavertu outlasted Kepping 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 at #3. Just #4 and #5 singles remained, as they both headed into the third sets.
Bowdoin jumped out to early leads in both sets, sealing the match simultaneously with a pair of victories. Lombardi was a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 winner over Burke at #5, while Lewis topped Faber 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the #4 spot.