Women’s tennis at Middlebury has established itself as one of the top programs in the region and has also become a national presence. In the spring of 2005, the Panthers advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament semifinals for the first time. Middlebury made four-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2004-2007), setting a then school record with 16 wins in 2004. The Panthers returned to the NCAA Tournament from 2009-2014, falling in the regional finals each year. In 2015, Middlebury claimed the NCAA regional title with a thrilling come-from-behind 5-4 victory and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in Ohio. Middlebury returned to the national semifinals in the spring of 2016 and tied the program mark with 16 victories. In the spring of 2018, the Panthers made their third-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament semifinal round, posting a 17-4 mark. During the 2019 campaign, Middlebury established a program-record 19 wins (19-3) en route to an NCAA Semifinal appearance.
During the 2011-12 season, rookie Lok-Sze Leung won the ITA singles title in the fall, advancing to the NCAA Championship match in the spring. The following season, she fell in the ITA finals before winning the NCAA crown in the spring.
The Panthers compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), arguably the top Division III tennis conference in the country. The women’s team enjoys a full season of action in the fall as well as the spring. The team plays approximately four to five tournaments in the fall, including hosting the Middlebury Invitational Tournament as well as playing in the New England Division III Women's Tennis Championships, the three-day Wallach Invitational hosted by Williams and the ITA Regional Championship.
Prior to opening the spring season for dual matches, the team takes a trip to California during spring break, where it plays several matches against out-of-region opponents.
Middlebury’s varsity squad typically carries between 10 and 14 players. Practice is held daily, and a player is expected to attend practice unless she has an academic conflict. Strength and conditioning training supplement the on-court practices. Combining two-hour practice sessions with preparation and post-activity time, each student is likely to be committed to a total of about three hours a day.