Home, Sweet Home: CMS Women's Tennis Continues to Dominate at Biszantz with 8-1 Win over Middlebury

Sarah Bahsoun picked up an 8-1 win in doubles and a 6-1, 6-3 win in singles to sweep the day
Sarah Bahsoun picked up an 8-1 win in doubles and a 6-1, 6-3 win in singles to sweep the day

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team improved to 11-0 at home as it rolled to an 8-1 win over No. 5 Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

With the win, CMS improves to 16-1 on the season, while dealing Middlebury its first loss, as the Panthers fall to 6-1 on the year. The Athenas have also now outscored their opponents by an aggregate score of 86-5 in their 11 wins at home, with nobody managing to take more than a single point at Biszantz. 

CMS asserted itself in doubles in the early going, with junior Catherine Allen and sophomore Caroline Cox getting a quick 8-2 win, a day after falling into a 4-0 hole against Chicago and coming back to win in a tiebreaker. The win was the 20th doubles win of the season for the No. 1 ranked duo in the nation, including the ITA Cup Championship in the fall.

The Cox/Allen win was followed quickly by junior Nicole Tan and freshman Sarah Bahsoun finishing an 8-1 win at No. 2 to put the Athenas ahead 2-0. Sophomore Rebecca Berger and junior Madison Shea capped off the doubles sweep with an 8-5 win at No. 3. 

CMS kept the momentum going in singles, and the Allen/Cox combination produced the first two singles wins to provide the clinch. Allen improved to 10-0 in dual matches this year at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-2 win to put the Athenas ahead 4-0, and Cox provided the clinching point at No. 5 with a 6-0, 6-4 win. 

Berger added a third singles win for CMS with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 3, joining Allen with a 10-0 dual record in singles so far this season. Freshman Sydney Lee earned a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 4, her team-high 12th singles win of the year (12-2), and Bahsoun finished off her singles-doubles sweep with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 to make the score 8-0. Middlebury salvaged the final point at No. 2 singles, where Heather Boehm won 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 over Tan. 

CMS will return to action next weekend for a pair of SCIAC home matches, taking on Chapman on Friday at 3 p.m. and Whittier on Saturday at 3 p.m.