Women’s Tennis Advances to Third-Straight NCAA Quarterfinals

Women’s Tennis Advances to Third-Straight NCAA Quarterfinals

Middlebury advanced to its third-straight NCAA Quarterfinal with a 5-0 victory on Sunday over Amherst in a match played indoors at the Nelson Recreational Center at Middlebury College. The second-ranked Panthers (16-4) will play the winner of Tufts and Johns Hopkins on Monday, May 22 at the Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee, while 12th-ranked Amherst finishes its season at 7-10. Middlebury reaches the NCAA Quarterfinals for the sixth time in the program's history, advancing to the semifinals in 2005 and 2016, as well as the quarterfinals in 2007, 2013 and 2015.

Middlebury swept all three doubles matches for a 3-0 advantage. The Panther duo of Alexandra Fields and Christina Puccinelli picked up the first point at No. 3 doubles with an 8-2 win over Claire Carpenter and Megan Adamo. Middlebury's Kaysee Orozco and Catherine Blazye made the score 2-0 with an 8-4 victory over Avery Wagman and Anya Invenitsky in the second flight. The No. 1 tandem of Skylar Schossberger and Katherine Hughes completed the sweep with an 8-4 triumph over Amhert's Camille Smukler and Kelsey Chen.

In the singles matches, Middlebury picked up their fourth point with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4 from Heather Boehm over Adamo, while Puccinelli clinched the match for the Panthers via a 6-1, 6-1 triumph in the second spot over Ivenitsky.

The remaining two matches competing went unfinished, while the No. 5 and No. 6 singles never took to the court. Fields grabbed the opening set by a 6-2 score and was ahead 4-1 at No.1 against Smukler, while Blayze claimed the first set by a 6-0 tally and led 5-1 against Camilla Trapness in the third flight.