Women’s Tennis Advances to Fourth-Straight NCAA Quarterfinals

Women’s Tennis Advances to Fourth-Straight NCAA Quarterfinals

Middlebury advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA Quarterfinal with a 5-1 victory on Saturday over Skidmore in a match played at Middlebury College's Proctor Tennis Courts. The fourth-ranked Panthers (16-3) will play fifth-ranked Wesleyan on Monday, May 21 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California, while 18th-ranked Skidmore finishes its season at 17-6. Middlebury reaches the NCAA Quarterfinals for the seventh time in the program's history, advancing to the semifinals in 2005, 2016 and 2017, as well as the quarterfinals in 2007, 2013 and 2015.

Middlebury took a 2-1 advantage following doubles play. The Panther duo of Heather Boehm and Molly Paradies picked up the first point at No. 3 doubles with an 8-0 win over Jessica Ampel and Alexa Goldberg. The Thoroughbred team of Risa Fukushige and Michelle Fuca evened the score at 1-1, winning the last four games for an 8-5 victory over Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger. At No. 2, Middlebury took a 2-1 edge when Maddi Stow and Catherine Blazye edged Skidmore's Renee Karchere-Sun and Ada Wiggins, 8-6.

In the singles matches, Middlebury picked up their third point with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 5 from Schossberger over Laura Swenson. The Panthers earned their fourth and fifth points of the match seconds apart. Hughes eased past Wiggins in the second spot 6-4, 6-0, while Boehm clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph against Karchere-Sun at No. 3.

The remaining three matches competing went unfinished, including match points at No. 4 and No. 6. Christina Puccinelli grabbed the opening set 6-1 in the top spot against Fukushige before the Thoroughbred won the opening game of set number two. At No. 4, Blazye was playing match point against Fuca (6-2, 5-2), while Paradies was also serving for the match in the sixth spot against Ampel (6-0, 5-3).