Doubles deficit not enough to stop Athenas in narrow win over Middlebury

Chloe Dobbert and Sarah Kukino (Photo by Ellen Friedlander)
Chloe Dobbert and Sarah Kukino (Photo by Ellen Friedlander)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Down 2-1 after doubles play, the No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team came back and squeaked out a 5-4 win over No. 6 Middlebury on March 25 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center for the team's third win in a row. CMS is now 10-6 on the season after its second win of the year over an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) top-10 team.

The Athenas came up just short of heading into singles play with a  2-1 lead after Middlebury's Lauren Amos and Margot Marchese defeated senior Crystal Lim and sophomore Yvonne Likomanova in a tiebreaker 9-8 (7-5). The No. 2 doubles team of senior Chloe Dobbert and junior Sarah Kukino earned the first point of the match for the Athenas as they defeated Alexandra Fields and Jennifer Sundstrom 8-6.

In singles, CMS took four points as each match for the Athenas was won in two sets. Sophomore Caroline Ward in No. 1 singles, Dobbert in No. 3 singles, Kukino in No. 4 singles and Lim in No. 5 singles all earned wins for CMS.

After a stretch of five-straight non-conference opponents, the Athenas are back in SCIAC action on March 28 against Chapman and March 29 against Redlands with both matches being played at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.


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