Kamdar, Neal Win Title as Women's Tennis Competes at NEWITT

(L-R): Caitlin Neal and Ruhi Kamdar won the C bracket title.
(L-R): Caitlin Neal and Ruhi Kamdar won the C bracket title.

The Middlebury women's tennis team continued its fall season by competing at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament. The event was co-hosted by Mount Holyoke and Smith in Massachusetts, with four brackets being contested. The format included duos from the respective schools who played two singles and one doubles match against each other, with the winners of the best two-of-three format advancing to the next round. The singles were played with two regular sets and a tiebreaker set in the third if necessary, while doubles was one pro-set.

In the 'C' bracket, the Middlebury team of Ruhi Kamdar and Caitlin Neal claimed the title. Kamdar and Neal edged Western New England's Maylene LaPress and Morgan Schrader 2-1, before easing past Kara Stankewitz and Lindsay Kaplan from Nichols, 3-0. During the semifinals, the Panther tandem recorded a 2-1 triumph against Megan Nathanson and Juliana Herrera from Nichols. In the final, Kamdar and Neal completed the undefeated weekend with a 3-0 victory against Trinity's Morgan Wilkins and Lily Everett to earn the bracket's championship.

During the 'B' bracket, the Panther team of Catherine Blazye, Amanda Frank and Brinlea La Barge tallied a pair of victories to advance to the semifinals. Middlebury cruised past Amherst's Madeline Clinton and Kelsey Chen in the opening round 3-0, before edging Michelle Shub and Kennedy May from Tufts, 2-1. In the semifinals, the Panther pair dropped a 2-1 decision to Wesleyan's Sasha Gaeth and Caitlin Goldberg.

The 'A' bracket saw the Middlebury trio of Maddi Stow, Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger post a 3-0 victory over Trinity's Hartman and Brogan in the first round, before falling 2-1 to Maggie Owensby and Anya Ramras from Amherst.

The Panthers return to the courts next weekend with the annual Middlebury Invitational from Friday to Sunday on Proctor Tennis Courts.