NESCAC Semifinal: No. 2 Middlebury 5, No. 3 Wesleyan 3

NESCAC Semifinal: No. 2 Middlebury 5, No. 3 Wesleyan 3

Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information

AMHERST, Mass. - Second-seeded Middlebury advanced to the NESCAC Championship match for the third-straight year with a 5-3 win Saturday over third-seeded Wesleyan (12-3) in a match played at the Amherst Tennis Courts. The Panthers (14-2) will take on top-seeded Williams for the third-consecutive spring, who posted a 5-0 victory over fourth-seeded Tufts in the other semifinal. The championship match will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Against the Cardinals, Middlebury grabbed a 2-1 advantage at the conclusion of the doubles matches. The Panthers scored the opening point when the tandem of Catherine Blazye and Maddi Stow posted an 8-2 win over Polina Kiseleva and Alissa Nakamotoat at No. 2. In the top flight, Wesleyan knotted the match at 1-1 with an 8-3 victory by Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu. At No. 3, the Panther duo of Heather Boehm and Ann Martin Skelly edged Helen Klass-Warch and Nicole McCann by an 8-6 score for a 2-1 Middlebury lead headed to individual action.

During singles play, the Panthers picked up the first point for a 3-1 advantage when Blazye defeated Kiseleva by scores of 6-4, 6-0 at No. 4. The Cardinals pulled to within one at 3-2 via a victory in the top spot.

Boehm tallied the fourth point for Middlebury with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Aashli Budhiraja in the third spot. The victory for Boehm was her 20th-conesecutive win as an individual dating back to the fall season. Wesleyan again moved to within a point at 4-3 with a straight-set victory at No. 2.

Stow clinched the match for the Panthers with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph at No. 6 over Klass-Warch.

In the remaining match that went unfinished, Skylar Schossberger won the first set 6-4 at No. 5, with Wesleyan's Alissa Nakamoto led 4-3 in the second.