Sixth-Ranked Women’s Tennis Blanks No. 20 Brandeis

Katherine Hughes clinched the match with her singles win atop the lineup on Saturday.
Katherine Hughes clinched the match with her singles win atop the lineup on Saturday.

The Middlebury women's tennis team continued its unbeaten start to the spring with a 9-0 victory over No. 20 Brandeis (3-4) on Saturday in the Nelson Recreation Center. The sixth-ranked Panthers (2-0) travel west for five matches in California during their spring break trip, starting with a contest at Cal State LA on Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. eastern.

Middlebury started things off by earning all three points during doubles play. The No. 3 tandem of Maddi Stow and Nora Dahl posted an 8-1 victory over Sophia He and Ana Hatfield. The Panther team of Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger doubled the lead with an 8-2 win in the top flight against Olivia Leavitt and Lauren Bertsch. Middlebury's No. 2 pair of Heather Boehm and Ann Martin Skelly gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead after doubles with an 8-3 triumph over Diana Dehterevich and Keren Khromchenko.

In singles, Christina Puccinelli made the score 4-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Khromchenko in the third spot, while Hughes clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Dehterevich atop the lineup.

Boehm posted a 6-0, 6-3 triumph in the second spot against Leavitt, while Schossberger was victorious in the fourth slot (6-1, 6-2) over Bertsch. Stow increased the Panther advantage to 8-0 with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph at No. 5 over He, while Emily Bian completed the sweep with a 7-6 (2), 6-2 victory one spot below against Hatfield.