The Middlebury College women's tennis team will make its 16th trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last 17 years when the squad hosts an NCAA Regional from May 10-12. Moravian and Cairn will play on Friday with the winner to play Middlebury on Saturday, while Tufts will battle the victorious team of Friday's other match between Stevens and St. Joseph's (L.I.). The winners will square off in the regional final on Sunday.
Middlebury enters the weekend with a record of 16-2, having played a tough schedule this season. The Panthers have faced 12 teams ranked in the top 25 among its 18 opponents, including 10 matches against top-10 teams. Middlebury started the spring ranked No. 6 in the ITA National Poll and moved up one spot at the end of March, before vaulting into the third spot for each of the last two polls. The Panthers have reeled off 10-match and six-match winning streaks this spring, including four 9-0 decisions, a 5-2 victory at Division II Cal State LA on March 24 and a 6-3 home triumph on April 7 over top-ranked Emory, handing the Eagles their lone loss to a Division III team this season.
While hosting the NESCAC Tournament, the top-seeded Panthers posted a 5-0 win over fourth-seeded and sixth-ranked Amherst in the semifinals last Saturday. A day later, second-seeded and fourth-ranked Wesleyan ended Middlebury's 10-match winning streak with a 5-2 victory in the NESCAC Championship final.
Middlebury enters the weekend with a 24-16 record in the program's history during NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers advanced to the semifinals in 2005, 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as the quarterfinals in 2007 and 2015.
The schedule below has outdoor playing times listed and are subject to change if matches are moved indoors.
2019 NCAA Women's Tennis Regional – Middlebury College
First Round – Friday, May 10
Stevens (10-1) vs. St. Joseph's (L.I.) (9-3) - 1:30 p.m.
Moravian (19-1) vs. Cairn (9-4) - 4:00 p.m.
Second Round - Saturday, May 11
Stevens/St. Joseph's (L.I.) winner vs. Tufts (8-9) - 12:30 p.m.
Moravian/Cairn winner vs. Middlebury (16-2) - 3:00 p.m.
Regional Final - Sunday, May 12
Match Time - 12:00 p.m.