Women's Tennis Tops Bowdoin, Falls In NCAA Regional Final

The Middlebury College women's tennis team saw its season come to an end last week as they fell 6-3 to Amherst in an NCAA Regional Final hosted by the Jeffs. The Panthers advanced to the final after a 7-2 win over Bowdoin on the previous day. Middlebury ends the season with a school-record 16 wins, five more than the previous record of 11 held in each of the last three seasons.

The Panthers gained revenge against Bowdoin, after the Polar Bears had beaten Middlebury by the same score one week ago. First-year player Jackie Ross (Ipswich, Mass.) earned a three-set (7-6 {7-5}, 4-6, 6-0) victory at #1, while senior Sandy Spring (Westport, N.Y.) was also a three-set (4-6, 6-1, 7-5) winner at #3. First-year player Amy Roche (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) won 6-3, 6-2 at #2, fellow rookie Claire Smyser (Houston, Texas) was a 6-2, 6-2 victor at #4, while junior Lauren Ready (Lexington, Mass.) was a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 winner in the #5 slot. Senior Kristin Baker (Piedmont, Calif.) lost her singles match at #6, by scores of 6-2 and 6-4. In doubles action, Ross/Spring were 8-2 winners, as were Roche and senior Jena Sigel (Purchase, N.Y.), while Baker/Smyser fell, 8-6.

In the regional final, Middlebury won three of six singles matches, but were swept in doubles action, taking the 6-3 loss. Ross won 6-4, 6-3, Spring was a 6-3, 6-3 winner, while Ready's match was at 5-7, 7-5, before her opponent retired. At #2, Roche fell 6-4, 6-2, Smyser lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-5 at #4, while Baker was defeated 6-2, 6-4 at #6. In the doubles matches, Ross/Spring fell 8-5, Siegel/Roche were defeated by the same score, while Baker/Smyser lost 8-1.