The women's tennis team fell to fifth in the conference after losing to undefeated Middlebury last Saturday. Bowdoin (7-5, 3-1 NESCAC) lost 8-1 to a talented Panther squad ranked No. 7 in the nation. The Polar Bears rebounded with a 8-1 victory over Tufts yesterday.

Chantalle Lavertu '13 and Emma Lewis '14 scored the Polar Bears' only point of the match playing at No. 3 doubles, while captain Kellen Alberstone '13 and Kate Winingham '14 both split their singles sets against nationally ranked opponents. At No. 1, Alberstone took the first set against the current small college national champion Lok-Sze Leung. Winingham played to a 10-point tiebreaker set against her opponent Victoria Aiello, who is ranked ninth in the nation.

"The matches were really close, but we just needed to step it up a little," Lavertu said. "We're ready to play them next time around."

The team has little time to rest, playing No. 3 Amherst, unranked Hamilton, and No. 19 Wellesley this weekend at home.

-Compiled by Christine Rheem.