The fifth-ranked Middlebury women’s tennis team posted a 3-1 record in its final four matches in Southern California. The Panthers knocked off Azusa Pacific, Division II’s seventh-ranked team, by a 7-2 score on Monday. After two days off, Middlebury tallied a convincing 9-0 victory over NAIA foe Westmont on Thursday. The Panthers fell Friday by a 7-2 score at No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, before capping the trip with a 7-2 victory at No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday.
On Monday, Middlebury jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles. Sophomores Catherine Blazye (London, England) and Maddi Stow (Wilton, Conn.) posted an 8-4 victory over Courtney Page and Mikayla Rinker at No. 2, while sophomore Heather Boehm (Miami, Fla.) and junior Christina Puccinelli (New York, N.Y.) doubled the Panther advantage via an 8-4 triumph against Diana Baumgartnere and Kara Hinton in the third spot. The Cougars got on the board with a narrow 8-7 (3) victory from Toby Miclat and Petra Ivankovic against sophomores Katherine Hughes (Haddonfield, N.J.) and Skylar Schossberger (Eagle, Idaho) at No. 1.
In singles play, Azusa Pacific tied the match at 2-2 when Miclat, Division II's seventh-ranked player, defeated Hughes by scores of 6-2, 6-2.
The Panthers claimed the final five matches to finish en route to the victory. Stow gave Middlebury the lead for good with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the bottom of the lineup against Hinton, while Boehm claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 over April Wong.
Blazye clinched the match when she posted a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 3 over Baumgartnere. Puccinelli made it 6-2 in favor of the Panthers with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the second flight against Ivankovic, Division II's 11th-ranked player, while Schossberger concluded the match with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 triumph over Jackie Resler in the fifth spot for the final 7-2 score.
On Tuesday against Westmont, Middlebury notched all three points during doubles play. The No. 3 tandem of Puccinelli and Boehm posted an 8-0 victory over Tatum Phillips and Delaney Roche. The Panther team of Blazye and Stow eased past Cade Pierson and Zarina Huber by an 8-1 score in the second spot, while the No. 1 pair of Hughes and Schossberger claimed an 8-2 victory over Isabel Lee and Peyton Trebisky.
In singles, the Panthers were victorious in straight sets during all six matches. Rookie Ann Martin Skelly (Charleston, S.C.) breezed by Huber at No. 6 (6-0, 6-0), while classmate Emily Bian (Austin, Texas) clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in the fifth spot over Roche.
Hughes kept things rolling with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 1 against Lee, while junior Molly Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) eased to a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the fourth spot against Phillips. Boehm was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Pierson at No. 2, while Schossberger completed the sweep with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) triumph against Trebisky in the third flight.
Against CMS on Friday, the Athenas grabbed all three points during doubles play. CMS posted an 8-2 victory in the top spot, followed by an 8-3 triumph at No. 3. The second flight came down to a tiebreaker, with the hosts earning a narrow 8-7 (3) win.
In singles action, CMS claimed the match at No. 2 for a 4-0 lead. Boehm put Middlebury on the scoreboard with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Caroline Cox in the fourth position. The Athenas clinched the match with a victory at No. 3, followed by a straight-set win in the top spot.
Stow made the score 6-2 with a 7-5, 1-6, 10-8 victory in the sixth flight over Jessie Cruz. CMS rounded out the scoring with a victory at No. 5 for the final 7-2 tally.
On Saturday, Middlebury started things off notching two of the three points during doubles play. The Sagehens grabbed the first point with an 8-5 win at No. 2. Middlebury responded by taking the next two matches, as the top tandem of Hughes and Schossberger evened the score with an 8-6 triumph over Arianna Chen and Maryann Zhao. The Panther team of Puccinelli and Boehm gave the visitors a 2-1 lead with an 8-4 win against Caroline Jasper and Jacinta Chen at No. 3.
In singles, the Panthers were victorious in the first five matches to finish. Boehm eased past Summer Garrison at No. 3 (6-0, 6-3), while Hughes gave the visitors a 4-1 edge with a 7-5, 6-1 win atop the lineup over Casper. Blazye clinched the match via a 6-4, 6-0 victory against Shivani Doraiswami, while Stow tallied a win by identical scores (6-4, 6-0) over Arianna Chen in the sixth position.
Schossberger made it 7-1 in favor of Middlebury with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 5 against Emily Chen. Pomona-Pitzer recorded its second point with a straight-set win in the second slot for the final 7-2 score.
• Women’s tennis record: 7-1
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