Women’s Tennis Fares Well During Its Own Invitational

Kaysee Orozco
Kaysee Orozco

The three-day Middlebury Invitational Women's Tennis Tournament featured a quartet of teams that played a form of hidden duals from Friday through Sunday. Action took place inside both the Nelson Recreational Center as well as the Middlebury Indoor Tennis facility. Teams competing in the invitational were Middlebury, Williams, Case Western Reserve and Army.

The format for the invitational saw teams playing a dual against each other, but there were as many as eight singles matches contested. The two teams played between three to four doubles matches, and could turn around and sometimes play a second round of doubles against different duos from the opposing team if time allowed.

Middlebury competed in matches against Case Western Reserve on Saturday. In singles action, the Panthers got wins in straight sets from sophomore Lily Bondy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) over Sara Zargham (6-1, 6-0), sophomore Alexandra Fields (Coral Gables, Fla.) over Marianne Bonanno (6-0, 6-0) and senior Katie Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) against Surya Khadilkar (6-3, 6-0). Rookie Shannon Gibbs (West Des Moines, Iowa) fought back from a set down against Case's Taylor Sweeney for a 3-6, 6-1, 10-7 triumph.

The three doubles matches went in favor of the Spartans.

During Sunday's action against Army, Gibbs made it a 2-0 weekend as an individual with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Molly Prins. Sophomore Jennifer Sundstrom (Bradenton, Fla.) posted a straight-set win over Aly Hall by scores of 6-0 and 6-1, while sophomore Kaysee Orozco (New Milford, N.J.) lost the first set against Elle Taylor 6-3, but rebounded for 6-4 and 11-9 wins in the final sets.

A total of six doubles matches took place between Army and Middlebury on Sunday. Orozco and Bondy teamed up for a narrow 8-6 win over Carolyn Pitman and Maya Parker. Gibbs and Sundstrom eased past Prins and Hall by an 8-4 score, while Orozco and Sundstrom cruised in a match with Taylor and Nancy Porter, 8-1.

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