High level face-off

Kevin Wang, Contributing Reporter

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The women’s tennis team traveled to the Middlebury Invitational tournament this past weekend, where they competed against top teams in the nation. This tournament, which was held Oct. 3-5, was hosted by Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. The participating teams were among the best in the division: the host team, Middlebury, ranked 10th in the country last year prior to the NCAA Championship Tournament. Other invitees to compete in the tournament were the United States Military Academy and Williams College. Williams College ranked third place in the nation last year.

The Spartans played the United States Military Academy in both singles and doubles matches on Friday. In the singles competition, Nina Cepeda was able to defeat the United States Military Academy’s Aly Hall in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Nina Cepeda also teamed with Maya Hamaker to defeat the Army’s Aly Hall and Molly Prin 8-6 in the doubles competition.

On Saturday, the Spartans played well against Middlebury, sweeping the host team in doubles by winning all three of their matches and winning five out of nine matches in total. In the doubles matches, Nina Cepeda paired with Sara Zargham to defeat Shannon Gibbs and Katie Paradies 8-2. Marianne Bonanno partnered with Michelle Djohan to defeat Jennifer Sundstrom and Kaysee Orozco 8-5. Finally, Surya Khadilkar and Nithya Kanagasegar partnered to complete the sweep against Middlebury by defeating Lily Bondy and Alexandra Fields 8-3. In the singles tournament against Middlebury, Michelle Djohan defeated Jennifer Sundstrom in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 and Nithya Kanagasegar defeated Kaysee Orozco, 6-2, 3-6, 11-9.

The Spartans were unable to win a match over Williams College, a team that has many players returning from its third in the nation rank last year. The Spartans will conclude their fall season here at home with a duel against Oberlin College on Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Carlton Road tennis courts.