LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 30 women's tennis team played a strong, competitive match against third-ranked Middlebury Saturday in Merrill Gymnasium, winning two out of six singles matches after putting up good fights in all three doubles matches.
The Panthers (13-1, 7-0 NESCAC) grinded out three hard-earned wins in doubles to take a 3-0 lead. Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger defeated Bates senior captain Bella Stone (Concord, Mass.) and first-year Anna Rozin (Toronto, Ontario) 8-3 at No. doubles; Ann Martin Skelly and Catherine Blazye edged sophomore Hannah Sweeney (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Lauren Hernandez (Chester, N.J.) 8-6 at the No. 2 spot; and Bates juniors Isabelle Rovinski (New York, N.Y.) and Suzanne Elfman (Longmeadow, Mass.) lost 8-4 to Maddi Stow and Nora Dahl.
Four of the six singles matches were decided in a third-set super tiebreaker, with the Bobcats (6-8, 2-3 NESCAC) prevailing in two of them: Rozin defeated Schossberger 6-2, 2-6, 10-5 at No. 3 singles, and Rovinski beat Emily Bian 7-5, 1-6, 10-5 at No. 5.
Sweeney took Hughes to a third set at No. 1 singles before falling 6-4, 2-6, 10-3. At No. 6 singles, Hernandez battled Ruhi Kamdar to a 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 loss. Middlebury's Christina Puccinelli and Stow won in straight sets over Stone and Elfman at second and fourth singles, respectively.
Bates plays host to Colby on Monday at 4pm in its final home match of the season.