Women's Tennis Set For NCAA Weekend

May 17, 2013

The Middlebury College women's tennis team is making its 10th  trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last 11 years. The Panthers will meet Emory in a quarterfinal match on Monday, May 20th at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Middlebury is making its first trip to the quarterfinal round since ’07.

Middlebury enters the weekend with a record of 13-10 in NCAA Tournament play and a record of 13-6 in ’12-’13. The Panthers advanced to the semifinals in ’05 and the quarterfinals in ’07 and are currently ranked sixth in the latest ITA National poll. Middlebury has played an extremely tough schedule this season, with 10 top-10 opponents, six of them ranked in the top five.

Last weekend, Middlebury travelled to Bowdoin for an NCAA Regional. The Panthers topped MIT 5-0 before avenging a regular season loss to the Polar Bears with a 5-3 win.

Two-time NESCAC Player of the Year Lok-Sze Leung (Hong Kong) leads the Panthers as the #1 singles player. The sophomore advanced to the NCAA championship match a year ago, after winning the ITA singles title in the fall of ’11. First-year player Ria Gerger (Houston, Texas) played #2 singles and was named the ITA Northeast Rookie of the Year, along with earning second-team All-NESCAC honors. Senior Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.) plays #3, first-year player Margot Marchese (Summit, N.J.) holds down the fourth spot, while junior Dorrie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) plays #5 singles. Senior Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, Minn.) has battled back from injuries and is playing #6 singles. In doubles play, All-NESCAC selections Kepping & Faber play at #1, followed by Leung/Gerger and D. Paradies and sophomore Katie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) in the third slot.

Following the team championships, Leung and Gerger will compete in the NCAA singles championship from May 22-24. Kepping and Faber will also vie for the doubles crown.

Head Coach Mike Morgan is now in his seventh season at the helm of the women's tennis program at Middlebury. His teams are a combined 87-42  during his first seven seasons, with the ’07 squad advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Six of his seven teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament, with the '09, '10, '11 and '12 squads falling in the regional finals. Following the ’08 season, Morgan was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year. Morgan was again honored in '12, being named the ITA National Coach of the Year.

2013 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship – Kalamazoo, Mich.
Quarterfinals, Monday, May 20th (all times eastern)
Amherst (19-2) vs. Washington Univ. (16-7) – 8:30 a.m.
Emory (15-4) vs. Middlebury (13-6) – 8:30 a.m.
Claremont (29-0) vs. Chicago (18-5) – 11:00 a.m.
Johns Hopkins (20-2) vs. Williams (20-4) – 11:00 a.m.

Semifinals, Tuesday, May 21st
Amherst/Wash. Winner vs. Emory/Midd. winner – 8:30 a.m.
Claremont/Chicago winner vs. Johns Hopkins/Williams winner – 11:00 a.m.

NCAA Championship, Wednesday, May 22nd  
Third place match – 8:30 p.m.
NCAA Championship – 11:00 a.m.