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CMS Falls to Middlebury

            The No. 8 ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team lost to No. 9 ranked Middlebury, 5-3, on Sunday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

            The Athenas fell behind early as the Panthers won the first two doubles matches. At number one, Kristin Lim and Jessie Huang scored a much-needed point for the Athenas with a 9-8 win over the Panthers team of Brittney Faber and Leah Kepping.

            The teams traded points through the first four singles matches. Victoria Aiello, at number two, and Kepping, at number three, claimed wins for Middleury. Sarah Kukino and Chloe Dobbert, at four and five respectively, countered for CMS.

            The match clinching point was decided at number one in the highly anticipated rematch of Kristin Lim and Lok Sze Leung. Lim took the first set 6-2, but Leung came roaring back to claim the second set, 6-0. In the third set, Leung maintained her momentum and won 6-2. Leung also defeated Lim this past fall, in the semi-finals of the USTA/ITA Small College Championships in Mobile, Alabama.

            Jaclyn Smrecek was leading 2-0 in the third set, but the match was left unfinished due to rain (4-6, 6-3, 2-0).

            The Athenas (9-3 on the season) will host two matches next weekend. These include No. 27 UC Santa Cruz on Friday, March 30, and Linfield on Saturday, March 31. 

Position  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  Middlebury College  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #1 Kristin Lim  Lok Sze Leung  Middlebury College  2-6,6-0,6-2
 #2 Singles  Crystal Lim  #9 Victoria Aiello  Middlebury College  6-4,6-1
 #3 Singles  Jessie Huang  #43 Leah Kepping  Middlebury College  6-1,6-2
 #4 Singles  Sarah Kukino  Brittney Faber  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  6-3,6-1
 #5 Singles  Chloe Dobbert  Dorrie Paradies  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  6-1,6-4
 #6 Singles  Jaclyn Smrecek  Dorrie Paradies  Unfinished  4-6,6-3,2-0
 #1 Doubles  Kristin Lim 
 Jessie Huang
 #6 Brittney Faber 
 Leah Kepping
 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  9-8(6)
 #2 Doubles  Crystal Lim 
 Sarah Kukino
 Lok Sze Leung 
 Anna Burke
 Middlebury College  8-3
 #3 Doubles  Chloe Dobbert 
 Jaclyn Smrecek
 Victoria Aiello 
 DeeDee Myers
 Middlebury College  8-1