MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Tufts University women's tennis fell 5-0 on Sunday afternoon to Middlebury College at the Proctor Courts in the NCAA Tournament Regional Final.
The Jumbos end their team schedule with a 9-10 record, but played in the Regional final for the fourth straight year. With the win, Middlebury improves to 18-2 on the season and will play Amherst on May 20 in the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament.
The Panthers opened the afternoon with the first victory in number one doubles in a match between first team All-NESCAC duos. Junior Heather Boehm and sophomore Anna Martin Skelly from Middlebury defeated first-years Caroline Garrido and Maggie Dorr from the Jumbos 8-3. Middlebury recorded the second win of the day in number three doubles where senior Christina Puccinelli and junior Maddi Stow won 8-4 over junior Kat Wiley and first-year Anna Lowy.
Tufts seniors Tomo Iwasaki and Otilia Popa gave the second team All-NESCAC pair of juniors Skylar Schossberger and Katherine Hughes all they could handle, but ultimately fell 8-7 (5) in a thrilling number two doubles match as the Panthers won all three doubles matches.
In a battle of second team All-NESCAC singles players, Hughes defeated Iwasaki 6-2, 6-4 in number two singles. Boehm, the NESCAC Player of the Year, had a close match with Dorr in the first set, but won 7-5, 6-0 to clinch the fifth victory for the Panthers.
The other four singles matches were unfinished, but Wiley defeated Stow 6-4 in the first set in number five singles. Obeid at #3, Garrido at #4, and first-year Nicole Frankel at #6 also had games that were unfinished for the Jumbos.
Dorr and Garrido will represent Tufts at the NCAA Doubles Championship, starting May 24 in Kalamazzo, Michigan at Stowe Stadium. The draw for who Dorr and Garrido will be playing will be revealed on May 23.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello