#4 Middlebury Edges #7 Women's Tennis in Competitive NESCAC Season-Opener

Patricia Obeid won at #1 singles in her NESCAC debut

MEDFORD - Visiting Middlebury College won two out of three in doubles and four of the six singles matches to earn a 6-3 victory at Tufts in the NESCAC and spring season opener for both women's tennis teams on Saturday. The match was played indoors at the Gantcher Center.

The Panthers, ranked fourth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, had doubles wins in the second and third matches to gain an advantage. Maddi Stow and Catherine Blazye got things going for the visitors with an 8-3 #2 doubles victory over Jumbos Kat Wiley and Patricia Obeid. The Jumbos evened the score with an excellent 8-4 win at #1 doubles where Mina Karamercan and Otilia Popa defeated Skylar Schossberger and Katy Hughes, who are the #17 ranked duo by the ITA. Third doubles went extra with Panthers Christina Puccinelli and Heather Boehm outlasting Tufts' Lauren Louks and Kiara Rose.

Into singles, Obeid made a strong NESCAC debut at #1 with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over Hughes. That brought the score to 2-2, but Middlebury had wins in the next three matches off the court to seal the victory. Boehm, ranked 22nd nationally, defeated Tufts' Zoe Miller at #4 (6-2, 6-4). At third singles, a pair of nationally ranked players went at it with Middlebury's Blazye (#24) defeating the 21st-ranked Karamercan in three sets (0-6, 6-4, 6-3). The clincher came at #2 where Pucinelli and Louks also went three sets with the Panther winning 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

In the remaining two matches, Tufts' Wiley won 6-2, 6-2 over Schossberger in fifth singles and Stow won sixth singles for Middlebury over Rose 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Tufts gets right back at it tomorrow when they travel to Wellesley College for non-league action at 1:00. Middlebury is off until next Saturday when they host a pair of matches versus Colby (1 p.m.) and St. Lawrence (5 p.m.)