Panther Women Fare Well in ITA Regional Championship

Heather Boehm advanced to the round of 16 in singles with a pair of three-set victories.
Heather Boehm advanced to the round of 16 in singles with a pair of three-set victories.

The Middlebury women's tennis team had several players fare well during the 2017 ITA New England Regional hosted by Williams. Action took place on the Torrence M. Hunt Tournament Courts.

In the main singles draw, Catherine Blazye advanced to the quarterfinal round. She moved into the round of 16 with straight-set victories Friday over Tufts' Katherine Wiley (6-4, 6-3) and Bates' Hannah Sweeney (6-4, 7-5). On Saturday, ninth-seeded Blazye eased past Williams' Chloe Henderson (6-0, 6-1) before falling in the quarterfinal round to sixth-seeded Leah Bush of Williams by scores of 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 11-9.

Skylar Schossberger and Heather Boehm also represented Middlebury in the round of 16. Schossberger moved into Saturday's play with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 triumph over eighth-seeded Vanja Babunski from Trinity and a 6-4, 6-0 victory against Tufts' Margot Shea. Schossberger fell to Mia Gancayco of Williams by scores of 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday morning.

Boehm earned her way to the round of 16 with a pair of three-set victories on Friday. She edged Julia Cancio of Williams by tallies of 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, before posting a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win against Wesleyan's Polina Kiseleva. On Saturday morning, Boehm bowed out with a 6-4, 6-1 setback to fifth-seeded Mina Karamercan from Tufts.

Katherine Hughes grabbed an opening-round win (6-2, 6-0) over Katherine Jeffreys from Gordon before falling in the round of 32, while Maddi Stow posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Colby's Maddie Lupone before bowing out to sixth-seeded Leah Bush of Williams in straight sets (6-2, 6-0).

In doubles play, Blazye and Stow played their way into the quarterfinals. The fifth-seeded duo earned an 8-2 win over Kiara Rose and Karamercan from Tufts in their first-round match followed by an 8-6 triumph against Wesleyan's Helen Klass-Warch and Zoe Klass-Warch in round two. In the quarterfinal round, Blazye and Stow were defeated by fourth-seeded Rachel Cross and Henderson from Williams, 8-6.

Hughes and Schossberger, seeded third in the draw, won their first-round match 8-3 over Bates' Isabelle Rovinski and Lauren Hernandez. In the round of 16, the Panther pair were edged by Amherst's Avery Wagman and Anya Ivenitsky, 8-6.

The Panthers have two weeks off from action before they compete at the Harvard Scramble taking place from October 13-15.