Four Panther Women Garner ITA Division III All-American Laurels

(L-R): Alexandra Fields, Christina Puccinelli, Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger.
(L-R): Alexandra Fields, Christina Puccinelli, Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger.


Four Middlebury women's tennis players were named All-Americans when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its honorees. Senior Alexandra Fields (Coral Gables, Fla.) was recognized in singles for the third time in her career, while sophomore Christina Puccinelli (New York, N.Y.) earned her first All-American singles award. Rookie doubles partners Skylar Schossberger (Eagle, Idaho) and Katherine Hughes (Haddonfield, N.J.) each picked up their initial All-American laurels.

A three-time All-American in singles, Fields was selected to the All-NESCAC teams a trio of times, earning first-team nods in 2014 and 2017 as well as second-team laurels in 2015. She concluded her senior season with a 17-8 overall record and a 10-6 mark in dual matches this spring. She amassed a 9-3 record and a 7-1 tally during NESCAC action, playing mainly atop the Panther lineup. Fields advanced twice to the NCAA Singles Quarterfinal round (2014 and 2016), ending the season ranked as the No. 4 player in the Northeast region and seventh nationally.

Puccinelli earns his first All-American award, participating as one of 32 players in the NCAA Singles Tournament. A First-Team All-NESCAC recipient in singles, she ended the year tied for the team lead with 22 victories (22-6) this season, including a 12-1 record at No. 2 singles during dual matches. Puccinelli opened her spring season with a 2-3 record, but finished her season on a strong note with a pair of victories during the team portion of the NCAA Tournament and was ahead in her two matches that went unfinished.

Puccinelli was also honored late last month with a pair of awards by the organization. She was selected as both the ITA National Player to Watch as well as the Northeast's Regional Player to Watch. 

Atop the Middlebury doubles lineup, Hughes and Schossberger were one of 16 duos selected to take part in the NCAA Doubles Tournament, falling in the opening round in three hard-fought sets. The duo was paired together for the latter portion of the spring in the No. 1 spot of the Panther lineup. Hughes and Schossberger recorded an 11-6 mark this season, including a 3-1 record during the NCAA Tournament. In the final national rankings, the pair was ranked sixth nationally as a tandem and third regionally.

As a team, Middlebury set a program record with 17 wins (17-5) record against many of the nation's top teams, advancing to the NCAA Semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Williams. The appearance marked the second-straight time and third overall in the program's history the Panthers advanced to the semifinals (2005, 2016, 2017). Middlebury finished 2016-17 ranked fourth nationally by the ITA and No. 2 in the Northeast region.