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Razor Tight Singles Play Doesn’t Go Devils’ Way in Women’s Tennis’ Loss to Top-Seed Wilmington in CACC Semifinals

Credit: CACC
Credit: CACC

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. – Five of the six singles matches played were tightly contested, but the University of the Sciences women's tennis team could not quite get over the hump in any of them in a 4-0 defeat to top-seed Wilmington in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Semifinals on Saturday afternoon at the Edgewood Bath & Tennis Club.  

After the Wildcats (8-4) handedly won the two doubles matches needed for the doubles point by an identical 6-1 scoreline, singles play was a completely different story. 

Just two weeks after Wilmington handedly won four-of six singles match in a sweep of the Devils in the regular season, three of six matches went to a third set on Saturday, with another a potential tiebreaker away from making it a fourth. 

Additionally, Danielle Paran was one game away from winning at No. 5 singles when play was halted due to the clinch format.  

Wilmington won the only match that finished in straight sets, but University of the Sciences asserted itself well by winning three first sets. 

Karla Miletic, Paran and Julia James each won the first set in their respective No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches, while Stephanie Mazurek forced a third set after losing in the first. 

Miletic and James would be on the wrong side of comebacks however, as their opponents dropped just four games each in the second and third sets to officially clinch Wilmington's spot in the Championship Match.  

Notably, Mazurek was up 3-2 in the third set of her match at the time the match was halted, while Abbygail Gamarnik was going to a tiebreaker at the second flight to potentially force a third set. 

With Thursday's scheduled match at St. Thomas Aquinas currently postponed, University of the Sciences is currently scheduled to take a break until its spring season begins. 

 

Results

Singles

1. Begona Gomar (WILMU) def. Karla Miletic (USCI_W) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

2. Anushka Sathe (WILMU) vs. Abbygail Gamarnik (USCI_W) 6-4, 6-6, unfinished

3. Laura Gil (WILMU) def. Elkanah Linder (USCI_W) 6-0, 6-1

4. Marie Rondot (WILMU) vs. Stephanie Mazurek (USCI_W) 6-3, 1-6, 2-3, unfinished

5. Tess Paya (WILMU) vs. Danielle Paran (USCI_W) 4-6, 4-5, unfinished

6. Andrea Ribalta (WILMU) def. Julia James (USCI_W) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

1. Laura Gil/Andrea Ribalta (WILMU) vs. Karla Miletic/Abbygail Gamarnik (USCI_W) 4-3, unfinished

2. Begona Gomar/Anushka Sathe (WILMU) def. Elkanah Linder/Danielle Paran (USCI_W) 6-1

3. Tess Paya/Marie Rondot (WILMU) def. Stephanie Mazurek/Julia James (USCI_W) 6-1