Middlebury

Women's Tennis Players Earn NESCAC Honors - Leung Is Player Of The Year

May 10, 2013

Four members of the Middlebury College women’s tennis team were honored when the NESCAC announced its all-conference teams. Sophomore Lok-Sze Leung (Hong Kong) earned NESCAC Player of the Year honors for the second straight year, while also holding down a spot on the first-team. Rookie Ria Gerger (Houston, Texas) earned second-team honors, as did the doubles duo of seniors Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.).

Leung has enjoyed another strong season with the Panthers as she heads into this weekend’s NCAA Championship with a 27-2 record in singles play. The reigning NESCAC Player and Rookie of the Year opened her sophomore season with 12 consecutive straight-set wins, including a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the final of the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championship on September 30. Two weeks later, Leung followed that performance with a trip all the way to the final of the National Small College Championships. She competed at the number one position all season for Middlebury and won her last 11 matches to help the Panthers reach the semifinals of the conference championship. Leung was one of six players from the NESCAC chosen to participate in the NCAA individual championships from May 23 to 25 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Gerger has enjoyed a solid rookie season for the Panthers, playing in the #2 singles slot. The first-year player earned a 23-5 mark and has won her last six matches. Prior to that, she had a five match winning streak as well as a six-match streak earlier in the season.

Faber and Kepping earn all-conference honors for the third straight year as a doubles duo. The pair have played 16 times this season, earning a 9-7 mark overall. They have also qualified for the upcoming NCAA doubles championship.