#10 Women’s Tennis Begins Spring With Trio of Victories

Kaysee Orozco picked up her sixth-straight singles win during Sunday's victory.
Kaysee Orozco picked up her sixth-straight singles win during Sunday's victory.

The Middlebury women's tennis team, ranked 10th nationally, opened the spring portion of its schedule with three impressive wins. The Panthers opened play Saturday with road wins over #20 Skidmore (8-1) and Rensselaer (9-0). On Sunday, Middlebury blanked Brandeis in a match played in the Duke Nelson Recreation Center.

Against Skidmore, Middlebury notched all three points during doubles play. The No. 2 tandem of sophomores Kaysee Orozco (New Milford, N.J.) and Jennifer Sundstrom (Bradenton, Fla.) made quick work of their opponents, posting an 8-2 victory. The Panther team of sophomore Alexandra Fields (Coral Gables, Fla.) and junior Lauren Amos (Tucson, Ariz.) cruised 8-3 in the third flight, while the top pair of junior Ria Gerger (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Lily Bondy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) needed some extra play, but pulled out a 9-7 victory.

In singles, Fields breezed by her opponent at No. 2, cruising to a 6-0, 6-0 win. Orozco kept things rolling at #3 singles with a 7-5, 6-1 win, while Bondy eased to a 6-0, 6-1 victory at #4. Gerger was a 6-1, 6-4 winner at No. 1, while Skidmore tallied its lone point with a win in the fifth spot. Senior Katie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) completed the scoring with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph at No. 6.

In the match against Rensselaer, the Panthers surrendered just six games in the trio of doubles wins. Orozco and Sundstrom won 8-5 at No. 1, Amos and Fields posted an 8-1 victory at No. 2 and junior Sadie Shackelford (Sewanee, Tenn.) and Paradies blanked their opponents in the third flight.

Middlebury recorded straight-set wins in each of the individual matches. Gerger was victorious at No. 1 (6-4, 6-2), Orozco won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 and Paradies completed the top half of the lineup with a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 3. Rookie Shannon Gibbs (West Des Moines, Iowa) was impressive in her lone match of the day, recording a 6-0, 6-2 win in the fourth spot, while Shackelford (7-6 (7-1), 6-1) and Amos (6-0, 6-1) concluded the scoring in the final two slots.

Following a pair of road victories Saturday, the team continued its hot start to the spring schedule, opening its home portion with a 9-0 victory over Brandeis.

Middlebury cruised through all three matches in doubles' action. The Panther tandem of Gerger and Bondy secured the first point at No. 1 doubles with an 8-1 victory over Carley Cooke and Haley Cohen. At No. 2, the duo of Orozco and Sundstrom eased to an 8-3 win over Simone Vandroff and Maya Vasser. The pair of Fields and Amos completed the sweep via an 8-4 win over Sarita Biswas and Charlotte Aaron in the third slot.

In singles play, the Panthers surrendered a total of 14 games cruising to straight-set wins in all six flights. Orozco picked up the fourth Panther point at No. 4, her sixth-straight victory dating back to last fall, with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Vasser. Fields clinched the match from the No. 2 spot with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Vandroff, while Bondy won at No. 3 (6-3, 6-0) against Eska and Gerger was victorious at No. 1 (6-4, 6-2) against Cooke.

Gibbs was next off the court with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 5 against Aaron, and Paradies rounded out the scoring with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Hannah Marion.

• Women’s tennis record: 3-0
• Up next: 3/21-28 (Spring Break Trip)