The top-seeded Middlebury women's tennis team fell in the NESCAC Championship by a 5-2 score to second-seeded Wesleyan. The match was played Sunday on the Proctor Tennis Courts. The Panthers, who advanced to the final for the fourth-straight year, see a 10-match winning streak snapped and fall to 16-2. Wesleyan (15-2) claims its first NESCAC title and the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, while the Panthers are expected to receive at-large berth when the field is announced on Monday.
Middlebury grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles play. Heather Boehm and Ann Martin Skelly topped Victoria Yu and Kristina Yu by an 8-2 score at No. 1 to begin things. The Cardinals tied the match at 1-1 with an 8-5 win in the third spot. The No. 2 Panther pairing of Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger won the final six games and earned an 8-6 victory over Venia Yeung and Polina Kiseleva for the 2-1 advantage.
In singles play, the Cardinals claimed the first four matches to finish to win the match. Wesleyan earned a straight-set win at No. 3, followed by a three-set triumph in the fourth flight. Wesleyan moved ahead 4-1 with a three-set win at No. 5, before the visitors clinched the match with a three-set victory in the second position.
In the two matches remaining on the court when the decision took place, Wesleyan grabbed the opening set in each one. Victoria Yu edged Boehm in a first-set tiebreaker 7-6 (5) atop the lineup, while Boehm was ahead 3-0 in the second. Wesleyan's Alissa Nakamoto edged Emily Bian in 7-5 in set number one, while the second set was knotted at 4-4 in the bottom spot.