May 15, 2010

Courtesy of Middlebury College

AMHERST, MA - Middlebury earned a 5-3 win over Bowdoin Saturday afternoon in an NCAA Tournament match-up at Amherst. The Polar Bears end their season at 10-8, while the Panthers improve to 14-5 and will take on Amherst Sunday at 1 p.m. with a spot in the national quarterfinals on the line.

The third time was not a charm for the Polar Bears, who also fell to the Panthers during the regular season and in the NESCAC Championship. Middlebury took a 2-1 lead into singles play on Saturday, with Bowdoin's lone point coming in the top doubles match as Emily Lombardi and Kellen Alberstone earned an 8-3 win over Jamie Haar and Alexandra McAtee.

After Brittney Faber and Leah Kepping defeated Bowdoin's Nikki Kuna and Chantalle Lavertu at No. 3, the Panther duo of Victoria Aiello and Anna Burke took care of Brett Davis and Hannah Hoerner, 8-5, to give Middlebury a 2-1 advantage.

Burke gave Middlebury a 3-1 cushion with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Hoerner at No. 6, but Davis brought the Polar Bears' deficit back to one with a 6-0, 6-4 victory against Faber in the No. 3 position. Kepping took care of Bowdoin's Elizabeth Pedowitz at No. 5, 6-2, 6-1, but the Bears once again cut their deficit to one when Lombardi defeated McAtee in the second match, 6-3, 6-3, to make it 4-3 in favor of Middlebury.

With only two singles bouts remaining, Aiello sealed the deal for Middlebury with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Alberstone in the top match. When play was stopped, Haar was leading Lavertu in the second set, 5-4, after she won the first, 7-6.