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#8 Women’s tennis selected for NCAA at-large berth tournament

The Panthers met in a game earlier this year.

The #8 Middlebury women’s tennis team has earned a berth to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Panthers travel to #11 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and will play Colby-Sawyer in the first round on Friday at 10:00 AM

ABOUT MIDDLEBURY

  • Middlebury is making its 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seeking the program’s first national championship.
  • The Panthers were a mainstay on the final stretch of competition, advancing to the NCAA Semifinals six straight seasons.
  • Middlebury has won 31 games in tournament history.
  • Entering the weekend, the Panthers boast a 12-5 overall record, going 9-1 in regular season NESCAC action.
  • Middlebury has faced nine nationally ranked opponents this spring.

PANTHERS TO WATCH

  • This year we managed to retain the top positions in both singles and doubles Sahana Raman. The Panther is just one win shy of 60 for her career singles mark, and has amassed a mark of 17-8 when paired with Amy Delman in doubles.
  • The tandem of Gena Huang And Claudia Molenaar spent the entire season playing No. 2 doubles and had a 12-5 record.
  • The third slot of doubles contains combinations including Ananya Annapantula, Nina Farhat, Nathalie van der Reis And Lulu Wu. Annapantula and Farhat have played the most matches together, with an impressive 14-4 record this year. Van der Reis has not lost at #3 in combination with Annapantula or Wu, with a 6-0 score.
  • Wu enters the weekend on a six-match undefeated streak at #2 singles. The Panther recently claimed her 40th career win and is 20-5 on the year.
  • Miller has a 7-2 record in the third slot, while Huang has played primarily at No. 4 and eclipsed a career-high 40 wins earlier this season.
  • In fifth place, Delman has a 7-2 lead and recently saw an impressive eight-match winning streak come to an end.
  • Charlotte McCann has won seven games in a row and is undefeated (4-0) in sixth place. Van der Reis was also ranked No. 6, with a 4-1 mark, including third straight wins.

ABOUT COLBY SAWYER

  • The Chargers earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning their third straight GNAC title.
  • Colby-Sawyer is making his 15th appearance on the national postseason scene and is looking to advance to the second round for the fourth time in program history.
  • The Chargers enter the weekend with a 10-7 record and remain undefeated (4-0) in conference play.

CHARGERS TO LOOK AT

  • Grace Carpenter tied for first place in doubles this year with Elise Hogan and Maria Espinosa Lopez.
  • Several Chargers were ranked No. 2 this season, while Mei Genest and Mary Thoms were 8-1 at No. 3.
  • Carpenter has also held the top spot in the singles lineup, going 3-1 in conference play.
  • Playing primarily at second and third, Espinosa Lopez posted a winning record of 9-3 overall this year.
  • Thoms has nine wins while posting a 5-2 mark at No. 4.
  • Genest is 4-2 in fifth place, while Taylor Bentley at #6 has an unblemished 3-0 record.

ABOUT THE CONTEST

  • The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) earned an automatic berth to the tournament. The Lions own the longest-running streak of conference titles in the NCAA, capturing the program’s 41st consecutive NJAC championship on April 27. TCNJ has won each of its last 16 NCAA Tournament First Round games.
  • It will be in the opening game against the Lions Manhattanville. The Valiants claimed the program’s fourth Skyline Conference title and first since 2006 in the fall qualifying for the tournament.
  • Winning the Northwest Conference Championship was Whitman who is returning to the NCAA tournament for a second time, with his first appearance last spring.
  • Endicott will take on the Blues in the opening round, having earned their spot in the tournament after capturing a fourth consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference crown last autumn. The Gulls have captured the CCC title ten times and will be making their ninth appearance in the tournament.
  • The hosts have a first-round bye after earning an automatic bid to the field with their 13th NEWMAC title. MIT makes his 27th appearance in the tournament and looks to claim his fifth regional title.

SERIES HISTORY

  • Middlebury and Colby-Sawyer played regularly in the 1970s and 1980s, but have faced each other only once since 1983. In 2010, the Panthers defeated the Chargers 9-0 to improve to 10-0 in the all-time series that started in 1975. .
  • Middlebury has played TCNJ three times, including twice in the NCAA tournament, and won each of those meetings.
  • When the Panthers and MIT face off in the regional finals, it will be the seventh meeting between the programs and the first since 2017. Middlebury is 6-1 against the Engineers, including a 5-0 sweep in the 2013 NCAA Regional Finals.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

  • Scheme

    • Friday May 10

      • #8 Middlebury vs. Colby-Sawyer – 10:00 AM (outdoors), 9:00 AM (indoors)
      • TCNJ vs. Manhattanville – 1:00 PM (outside), 12:00 PM (indoor)
      • Whitman vs. Endicott – 1:00 PM (outside), 3:00 PM (indoor)

    • Saturday May 11

      • #11 MIT vs. Match 3 winner – 12:00 PM (outside), 10:00 AM (indoor)
      • Winner of match 1 vs. winner of competition 2 – 12:00 noon (outdoor), 1:00 p.m. (indoor)

    • Sunday May 12

      • Match 6: Winner of Match 4 vs Winner of Match 5 – 12:00 PM (regardless of location)

The regional champion will advance to the final competition site on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The quarter-finals start on Tuesday, May 21.