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)