Five Panther Women Named All-NESCAC; Boehm Tabbed Player of the Year

(L-R)" Heather Boehm and Ann Martin Skelly.


Five members of the Middlebury College women's tennis team were honored when the NESCAC announced its all-conference teams. Junior Heather Boehm (Miami, Fla.) was tabbed as the NESCAC Player of the Year, becoming the third Panther woman joining Amy Roche (2007) and Lok-Sze Leung (2012, 2013) to earn the honor to go along with first-team singles accolades. Sophomore Ann Martin Skelly (Charleston, S.C.) and Boehm also picked up first-team doubles laurels. Junior Katherine Hughes (Haddonfield, N.J.) earned second-team all-conference honors for her singles play, while Hughes and doubles partner Skylar Schossberger (Eagle, Idaho) garnered second-team accolades.  Senior Christina Puccinelli (New York, N.Y.) tallied second-team singles honors. The third-ranked Panthers are preparing to host an NCAA Regional this weekend on the Proctor Tennis Courts.

Boehm earns her third all-conference accolade after a first-team nod last spring and a second-team accolade during her first year. She goes into the postseason with 14 wins (14-1) and her lone loss coming to the defending ITA Northeast Regional champion. Boehm recorded a 13-match winning streak this spring, going 7-1 at No. 1 and 7-0 at No. 2 this spring. The 2018 All-American is the top-ranked player in the ITA Northeast Region. Through her first three years, Boehm has had winning streaks of 26 and 13 and has amassed a 65-9 record as an individual.

Skelly receives her initial conference award while teaming up with Boehm atop the doubles lineup. The region's third-ranked duo has played together all spring, going 9-1 against the opponent's top tandem and 5-1 in the second slot for a 14-2 mark. Skelly and Boehm enter the NCAA Tournament with a six-match winning streak, including two points during last weekend's NESCAC Tournament.

Hughes picks up her second all-conference laurel after a first-team selection last spring. A 2017 All-American in doubles and a 2018 All-American for her singles play, she has an 11-6 overall record this spring. She amassed a 6-3 mark in the top spot of the lineup and a 5-3 record at No. 2, while posting a 6-2 tally during NESCAC action. She is currently ranked as the No. 7 player in the northeast region.

Puccinelli tallies up her second award as an individual from the conference after second-team accolades in 2017. She heads into the weekend with a 19-3 record, including a 12-2 mark at No. 3 singles during dual matches. The 2017 All-American goes into the NCAA Tournament picking up wins in nine of her last 10 matches. Puccinelli has an impressive 67-23 record during her career individually as a Panther, entering the weekend ranked eighth in the northeast region.

Schossberger receives her second all-conference award after earning second-team doubles laurels each of the last two seasons while partnering with Hughes. The 2017 and 2018 All-American duo has played together all spring, splitting time between the top two slots in the Panther doubles lineup. The region's sixth-ranked tandem recorded a 15-2 mark this season, going 6-2 at No. 1 and 9-0 in the middle spot. Hughes and Schossberger have won their last 10 matches, including two during last weekend's NESCAC Championships. The pair enters this weekend with a career record together of 44-22.