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Women’s Tennis Ready for Program-Record Third Straight CACC Semifinals Appearance

Women’s Tennis Ready for Program-Record Third Straight CACC Semifinals Appearance

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. – The University of the Sciences women's tennis team will tie a program record when it makes its third consecutive appearance in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Semifinals on Saturday morning, taking on top seed Wilmington (7-4, 7-1 CACC) at 10 a.m. at the Edgewood Bath & Tennis Center.  

The match will be broadcast live on the CACC Network, with the winner advancing to Sunday's 1 p.m. final to take on the winner of second seed Goldey-Beacom (8-1, 7-1) and thrid Concordia (10-2, 7-1). 

USciences last made three consecutive CACC Semifinals from 2005-07, the first three years the CACC Women's Tennis Tournament was held. After a stretch of six successive seasons in which the Devils did not make the CACC Tournament from 2008-13, they have now made four of the previous five Tournaments, including the last three Semifinals.

The record-tying Semifinals appearance comes on the heels of USciences (7-5, 5-3) tying last season's program record for CACC victories in a season, surpassing the previous program record for an eight-game league schedule of 4-4 set in 2009-10. The Devils' fourth place finish in the league standings also matches last season's program record for a nine-team CACC.  

Fourth-seeded USciences advanced to the Semifinals with a 4-1 triumph over fifth-seeded Post on Tuesday evening. The Devils took the doubles point, before going on to three of the first four singles matches. 

Karla Miletic and Stephanie Mazurek both won twice, partnering with respective partners Abbygail Gamarnik and Julia James, while Danielle Paran won the other singles match.  

Miletic had been voted All-CACC First Team for a third consecutive year earlier in the day, becoming the second Devil in program history to be voted All-CACC three times (Victoria Quang). She is one of just two Devils in program history to earn a spot on the All-CACC First Team (Amanda Bedway, 2007). 

The junior ended the year 3-3 in CACC play at No. 1 singles, with all three losses coming against fellow All-CACC First Team members. Two of those three losses came in three sets, including 10-12 in a super tiebreaker to CACC Player of the Year Lotte Lesscher Y Post. 

Miletic's six singles victories this season are tied with Elkanah Linder for second on the team, trailing only Mazurek's 10, and she also has 11 doubles wins on the year. 

Mazurek is currently in the midst of a five-match winning streak, after finishing the league season 6-1 in the CACC. 

Also posting winning records in singles play in the CACC were James (5-2), Han Le (2-1) and Gabrielle Soriano (2-0). 

In doubles play, Gamarnik leads the USciences with a 14-5 mark, just two wins shy of the program's single-season wins record, set last year by Paran and Linder. 

Gamarnik and Mazurek were both a team-best 5-3 in CACC play, while Le (3-0) and Soriano (2-0) both finished undefeated.