Women's Tennis Ends Fall With Home Invitational

Brinlea La Barge went a perfect 3-0 in singles play for the Panthers.
Brinlea La Barge went a perfect 3-0 in singles play for the Panthers.

The three-day Middlebury Invitational women's tennis tournament featured a quartet of teams that played a form of hidden duals from Friday through Sunday. Action took place inside the Nelson Recreational Center and outdoors on the Proctor Tennis Courts. Teams competing in the invitational were Middlebury, Amherst, Brandeis and Williams. The invitational concluded the fall portion of the season for the Panthers.

The format for the invitational saw teams playing a dual in either singles or doubles, with between four to five singles and either two or three doubles matches were contested. The singles were played in the best two-of-three format with a tiebreaker set in the third and doubles was one pro-set.

Middlebury competed in a doubles match on Friday evening against Williams, as the Panther duo of Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger won 8-6, while Catherine Blazye and Brinlea La Barge were victorious 8-6. The tandem of Maddi Stow and Amanda Frank posted an 8-4 triumph.

On Saturday in doubles against Brandeis, Blazye and La Barge won 8-2, while Ruhi Kamdar and Caitlin Neal were victorious 8-7.

During singles versus Williams, Hughes claimed a 6-4, 6-4 victory, La Barge earned a 6-1, 6-1 decision, Schossberger blanked her opponent (6-0, 6-0) and Frank recorded a 6-4, 6-1 triumph.

Later in the day in singles against Amherst, the Panthers won a pair of matches. La Barge battled back after dropping the first set for the win (3-6, 7-6 (8), 10-7), while Kamdar dropped just two games against her opponent during her victory (6-0, 6-2).

Middlebury competed against Amherst in doubles on Sunday morning, with the tandem of Stow and Heather Boehm recording an 8-2 win.

In singles play against Brandeis later in the morning, the Panthers picked up victories in all five matches with four coming in straight sets. Stow needed a third-set superbreaker to tally her win (6-4, 5-7, 10-7), while Frank didn't surrender a game in her win (6-0, 6-0). La Barge (6-1, 6-2), Boehm (6-2, 6-0) and Neal (6-2, 6-2) each cruised past their respective foes to conclude the weekend.