Three Panther Women Garner ITA Division III All-American Laurels

(L-R): Heather Boehm, Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger.
(L-R): Heather Boehm, Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger.


Three Middlebury women's tennis players were named All-Americans when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its honorees. Sophomores Heather Boehm (Miami, Fla.) and Katherine Hughes (Haddonfield, N.J.) were recognized in singles for the first times in their careers. Hughes along with doubles partner sophomore Skylar Schossberger (Eagle, Idaho) picked up their second-consecutive All-American laurels.

Boehm tallies her first All-American award, participating as one of 32 players in the NCAA Singles Tournament. She advanced to the quarterfinal round before falling to the four-time champion. The 2018 All-NESCAC Second-Team selection ended her year with a 29-3 record mainly at the No. 2 spot of the Panther lineup. She possessed an impressive 26-match winning streak, seeing that run snapped in the NCAA quarterfinals. Boehm ended her second season ranked at the No. 11 player in the Northeast region and 24th nationally.

Hughes earns her initial All-American award, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Singles Tournament. An All-NESCAC First-Team recipient in singles, she concluded the year with a 20-13 record, including an 8-3 mark at No. 1 singles during dual matches. In the NCAA Quarterfinals, she lost to the eventual national runner-up. Hughes finished her second season with a 31-21 career record as an individual, ranking 15th nationally and ninth in the Northeast region.

Atop the Middlebury lineup, Hughes and Schossberger were one of 16 teams selected to take part in the NCAA Doubles Tournament for the second-straight season. The pair recorded an 18-14 mark this season and 10-10 tally against the opponent's top tandem, including an 8-5 victory during the NCAA Semifinals team portion against Emory. In the final national rankings, the duo was ranked eighth nationally as a tandem and fifth regionally.

As a team, Middlebury tied a program record with 17 wins (17-4) record against many of the nation's top teams, advancing to the NCAA Semifinals before falling to eventual national runner-up Emory. The appearance marked the third-straight time and fourth overall in the program's history the Panthers advanced to the semifinals (2005, 2016, 2017, 2018). Middlebury finished the 2017-18 season ranked fourth nationally by the ITA and No. 2 in the northeast region.