#8 Women’s Tennis Splits Pair of NESCAC Road Matches in Maine

(L-R): Katie Paradies and Sadie Shackelford were both part of two wins in Sunday's match.
(L-R): Katie Paradies and Sadie Shackelford were both part of two wins in Sunday's match.

The Middlebury women’s tennis team, ranked eighth nationally, split a pair of NESCAC road matches last weekend in Maine. The Panthers fell to #10 Bowdoin on Saturday by a 7-2 score at the Pickard Tennis Courts, but rebounded for a 9-0 victory Sunday over Bates at the Wallach Tennis Center.

With the Panthers playing for the first time in a week, the Polar Bears grabbed all three points in doubles play. The #2 match was the first to finish as Bowdoin's Tess Trinka and Kyra Silitch earned an 8-4 victory over sophomores Jennifer Sundstrom (Bradenton, Fla.) and Kaysee Orozco (New Milford, N.J.). In a matchup of top-10 regionally-ranked teams in the #1 match, the sixth-ranked duo of Joulia Likhanskaia and Tiffany Cheng edged the eighth-ranked team of junior Ria Gerger (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Lily Bondy (Brooklyn, N.Y.). The hosts completed the sweep when Emma Chow and Pilar Giffenig posted an 8-5 triumph at #3 over sophomore Alexandra Fields (Coral Gables, Fla.) and sophomore Lauren Amos (Tucson, Ariz.).

In singles, Giffenig was the first to finish with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Middlebury senior Katie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) in the sixth flight. Trinka clinched the match for Bowdoin via a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Bondy, while Silitch made it 6-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win against junior Margot Marchese (Summit, N.J.) at #5. The Panthers got on the board when Fields posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over Cheng at #2.

The two remaining matches went the distance as Likhanskaia earned a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 over Gerger in a battle of top-five regional individuals, while Middlebury's other point came from Orozco at #4 via a 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 triumph against Samantha Stalder.

During Sunday’s win, Middlebury cruised through all three matches in doubles' action as the Panthers maneuvered their lineup around a bit. The Panther tandem of Orozco and Sundstrom secured the first point at No. 1 doubles with an 8-1 victory over Elena Mandzhukova and Elizabeth Erbafina. At #2, the duo of Amos and Fields eased to an 8-2 win over Maisie Silverman and Kelsey Pearson. The pair of junior Sadie Shackelford (Sewanee, Tenn.) and senior Katie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) completed the sweep via an 8-1 win over Emma Blakeley and Kate Rosenthal in the third slot.

In singles play, the Panthers cruised to straight-set wins in all six flights. Gerger posted a 7-6 (4), 7-5 victory at #1, while Fields defeated Erbafina at #2 by scores of 6-0, 6-3. Paradies eased past Silverman in the third flight via set scores of 6-2, 6-1 and Shackelford bested Rosenthal at #4 by identical 6-1, 6-1 scores.

At the bottom of the lineup, Amos defeated Olivia Voccola by scores of 7-5, 6-1 in the fifth spot, while Sundstrom completed the sweep with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at #6 over Pearson.

• Women’s tennis record: 8-5
• Up next: 4/25 vs. Amherst – 1:00