Eighth-ranked Middlebury jumps out to quick lead, blows by No. 12 Chicago
CARPENTERIA, Calif. -- Middlebury breezed by 12th-ranked Chicago by an 8-1 score on Friday afternoon. The Panthers finish their trip to the west coast with a 6-2 record, and will have a little more than a week off before playing host to second-ranked Williams on April 6.
In doubles, Middlebury grabbed all three points. In the top slot, the Panther duo of Kaysee Orozco and Ria Gerger started things off with an 8-2 victory against Tiffany Chen and Megan Tang. In the second flight, the duo of Jennifer Sundstrom and Alexandra Fields produced a similar result with an 8-2 win versus Helen Sdvizhkov and Kelsey McGillis.
The third flight was the tightest battle as the Middlebury tandem of Lauren Amos and Margot Marchese edged Sruthi Ramaswami and Maggie Schumann 8-6.
During singles play, the Panthers were victorious through the top-five slots in straight sets. Gerger, ranked third in the ITA Northeast region, had little trouble with Central region’s top-ranked player in Tang, winning 6-1, 6-1. Marchese was the next off the court at No. 4 with a 6-0, 6-3 victory against McGillis, while Orozco was right behind in the third spot with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Sdvizhkov.
The Maroons earned their point in the sixth flight. Chicago’s Stephanie Lee endured a three-set match with Amos, emerging with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 win.
The last two matches off the courts were the Nos. 2 and 5 matches. Fields squeezed by Chen in the first set at No. 2 with a 7-6 (7-5) score, before winning the second set 6-2. At No. 5, Dorrie Paradies defeated Ramaswami 7-5, 6-2.