WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – It took just over six and a half hours for host Williams to down Middlebury 6-3 in a match that started outdoors and was forced indoors due to darkness. Williams currently ranked #1 nationally improved to 14-1 on the year, while the 7th-ranked Panthers fell to 11-1.
Williams claimed the early lead in the match by winning two of the three doubles matches. Middlebury's top duo of Brittney Faber and Leah Kepping won over the Eph tandem of Taylor French and Kara Shoemaker. 8-1.
The Eph number two team of Kristin Alotta and Kathleen Elkins won a tiebreaker 9-8 (5) over Anna Burke and Lok-zye Leung. At three doubles the Eph pairing of Caroline Capute and Nancy Worley prevailed over Tori Aiello and Deedee Myers, 8-4.
Williams secured the match by winning four of six singles encounters. Williams won at 2, 4, 5, and 6., while the Panther wins came at 1 and 3.
"I'm incredibly proud of the way everyone came out hungry today from the start," said Eph senior captain Kristin Alotta. "Middlebury was an extremely strong, undefeated team and probably our biggest match of the season. Everyone took ownership of her court, prepared to be the deciding point – something we talk about all of the time. We're just really pumped and looking forward to riding this momentum into the weekend."
Next up for the Ephs is a match at Tufts on Saturday before returning home for a 10:00 AM match versus the University of Rochester on Sunday.
1. Brittney Faber/Leah Kepping (M) def. Taylor French/Kara Shoemaker (W)- 8-1
2.Kristin Alotta/Kathleen Elkins (W) def. Ana Burke/Loksye Leung (M) – 9-8 (5)
3. Caroline Capute/Nancy Worley (W) def. Tori Aiello/Deedee Myers – 8-4
1. Lok-sze Leung (M) def. Kristin Alotta (W) – 7-6(2), 6-1
2. Kara Shoemaker (W) def. Tori Aiello (M) – 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Leah Kepping (M) def. Nancy Worley (W) – 6-2, 4-6. 6-2
4, Kathleen Elkins (W) def. Brittney Faber (M) – 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Rebecca Curran (W) def. Dorie Paradies (M) – 7-5, 6-2
6. Caroline Capute (W) def. Katie Paradies (M) – 6-2, 7-6 (3)