Women's Tennis Falls In NCAA Quarters

May 20, 2013

The Middlebury women’s tennis team saw its season come to an end with a 5-2 loss to #4 Emory in an NCAA Quarterfinal match-up in Kalamazoo, Mich. The eighth-ranked Panthers end their season with a 13-7 mark, while the Eagles improve to 17-4.

Emory jumped out to a quick lead in the match by claiming victories in two of the three doubles matches. After the Eagles' second doubles pairing of Jordan Wylie and Madison Gordon dropped an 8-5 decision to Middlebury's duo of Lok-Sze Leung and Ria Gerger, Emory claimed 8-5 victories in the other two contests, with Emma Taylor and Brenna Kelly defeating Katie Paradies and Dorrie Paradies in the third doubles match, while Gabrielle Clark and Annette Sullivan earned a win over Brittney Faber and Leah Kepping in the first doubles contest.

Leading 2-1 heading into singles play, Emory buffered its lead by claiming points from the first two singles matches that were decided. Gordon struck first for the Eagles, winning the fifth singles match over Dorrie Paradies, 6-1, 6-2, and shortly thereafter, Beatrice Rosen earned a 6-1, 6-2 win over Gerger at second singles. Middlebury answered back with a point from Faber, who defeated Kelly 6-0, 6-2 to cut Emory's lead in the match to 4-2. 

With Emory needing just one more victory to clinch the team win, the other three singles contests each split the first two sets. It would be Wylie who came back after losing her first set 3-6 to win the next two, 6-3, 6-4 over Kepping at third singles.

The other two singles matches were left unfinished when the match was decided.  At first singles, Clark trailed Leung 7-5, 4-6, 4-1, while Margot Marchese led 6-4, 3-6, 2-0 at fourth singles.

Leung will compete in the NCAA singles competition on Thursday, as will Faber/Kepping in doubles play.

Singles competition
1. Clark, Gabrielle (EUW) vs. Leung, Lok-Sze (MID) 5-7, 6-4, 1-4, unfinished
2. Rosen, Beatrice (EUW) def. Gerger, Ria (MID) 6-1, 6-2
3. Wylie, Jordan (EUW) def. Kepping, Leah (MID) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Levine, Marissa (EUW) vs. Marchese, Margot (MID) 4-6, 6-3, 0-2, unfinished
5. Gordon, Madison (EUW) def. Paradies, Dorrie (MID) 6-1, 6-2
6. Faber, Brittney (MID) def. Kelly, Brenna (EUW) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Clark, Gabrielle/Sullivan, Annette (EUW) def. Faber, Brittney/Kepping, Leah (MID) 8-5
2. Leung, Lok-Sze/Gerger, Ria (MID) def. Wylie, Jordan/Gordon, Madison (EUW) 8-5
3. Taylor, Emma/Kelly, Brenna (EUW) def. Paradies, Katie/Paradies, Dorrie (MID) 8-5