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Kavina Amin ’24 serves the ball in Sunday’s contest against Skidmore.

Review: Women’s Tennis

Kavina Amin ’24 serves the ball in Sunday’s contest against Skidmore. (Van Barth)

After suffering two losses last week, the Panthers women’s tennis team (3–3) won back-to-back matches against Amherst and Skidmore this weekend, a performance largely spearheaded by the rookie class.  

On Saturday, women’s tennis hosted Amherst (2–2), a NESCAC West Division foe. In doubles play, first-year tandem Kavina Amin ’24 and Gena Huang ’24 won, 8–5, while Amherst triumphed in the other two matches. In singles play, Amin and Huang again clinched victories, while Emily Bian ’21 and Sami Remis ’24 also chipped in wins. 

The following day, the Panthers hosted the undefeated Skidmore Thoroughbreds (4–1), handing them their first loss of the season. Once again, Amin and Huang won in doubles play, marking their second collective win of the weekend. In singles play, Caitlin Neal ’23 got in the win column, while Remis, Amin and Huang all won for a second straight day. 

“Our freshmen have really stepped up and handled the pressure wonderfully,” senior captain Ann-Martin Skelly ’21 said. “All four of them have worked so hard this entire year and it’s great getting to see that pay off on the court. They each bring big energy to the court and I know this is just the beginning of what will be a great college career for them.”

“For never playing college matches before, they’ve done a great job with handling nerves and pressure,” head coach Rachel Kahan added of the rookie class. “Whether singles or doubles, the first-year class has done a great job of staying strong and focused.”

Question marks still circle NESCAC championships and NCAA tournament play, so the Panthers are taking things day by day. Next Sunday, Middlebury hosts Williams (1–2) at 1 p.m.