Women’s Tennis Wins Two of Three Doubles Matches; Falls Just Short in 5-4 Loss to St. Thomas Aquinas

Women’s Tennis Wins Two of Three Doubles Matches; Falls Just Short in 5-4 Loss to St. Thomas Aquinas

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences women's tennis team took two of the three doubles matches, and Elkanah Linder and Abbygail Gamarnik each won twice, but it was not enough to upend St. Thomas Aquinas as the Spartans won three of the final four matches to come back and defeat the Devils 5-4 on Thursday afternoon at the McNeil Family Courts.

After St. Thomas Aquinas got on the board with the first doubles point, it was Linder and partner Danielle Paran winning their fourth straight No. 2 doubles match together, 8-2, to quickly even the score at 1-1. The duo is now a team-best 7-2 overall together this season, including an impressive 6-1 in dual play. 

Gamarnik and partner Karla Miletic then gave USciences the lead after doubles play with a hard-fought 8-6 decision at the first flight to match Linder and Paran with their seventh win this season.

Notably, Linder, Gamarnik and Miletic are all now in the top-five of the program's record book for career doubles victories. Linder moved into a tie for second with her 30th, while Gamarnik and Miletic are fourth and tied for fifth, respectively, with 23 and 22.  

Gamarnik also moved her way up the record book for singles wins after prevailing 7-5, 3-6, 10-6 in a three-set triumph at the fourth flight for was the 20th win of her career, good for a tie for eighth in program history.

Linder is now two wins shy of becoming the third Devil to record 30 career singles victories after she dropped just two games to her third flight opponent. 

Miletic came closest to giving University of the Sciences a potential match-sealing fifth win, but the sophomore came up just short in two tiebreakers at No. 1 singles, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (12-10), for what was her first dual singles loss of the season.

USciences will be back on the McNeil Family Courts when it hosts Chestnut Hill in a crucial Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 12 p.m.

Singles

1. Cassandra Rohr (STA) def. Karla Miletic (USCI_W) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (12-10)

2. Lovisa Engstrand (STA) def. Danielle Paran (USCI_W) 6-2, 6-2

3. Elkanah Linder (USCI_W) def. Nyenyeri Kanefu (STA) 6-1, 6-1

4. Abbygail Gamarnik (USCI_W) def. Katarina Lopez (STA) 7-5, 3-6, 10-6

5. Sara O'Brien (STA) def. Julia James (USCI_W) 6-0, 6-1

6. Carolyn Kopf (STA) def. Han Le (USCI_W) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles

1. Karla Miletic/Abbygail Gamarnik (USCI_W) def. Lovisa Engstrand/Sara O'Brien (STA) 8-6

2. Danielle Paran/Elkanah Linder (USCI_W) def. Cassandra Rohr/Nyenyeri Kanefu (STA) 8-2

3. Katarina Lopez/Carolyn Kopf (STA) def. Jillyan Serrano/Han Le (USCI_W) 8-2

Match Notes

St. Thomas Aquinas 3-7

University of the Sciences 3-4

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,5,1,6,4)

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