MIDDLEBURY, Conn. – The University of the Sciences women's tennis team is ready to make its second straight appearance in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) semifinals this Friday, Oct 20 when it takes on top-seed and regular season champion Goldey-Beacom at 10 a.m. in Middlebury, Conn.
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Prior to last season, USciences had not appeared in the CACC semifinals since 2007.
The Devils will be looking to advance to their first final since winning the first-ever CACC Championship in 2005.
No. 1 Goldey-Beacom (9-0, 8-0 CACC) defeated University of the Sciences 8-1 during the first week of the regular season back on Sept. 12. Karla Miletic gave the Devils their lone point with a thrilling three set victory, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8, at No. 1 singles.
No. 4 USciences (7-4, 5-3) will enter Friday's match playing some if its best tennis of the season though as it currently sports a four-match winning streak, which includes Tuesday's 5-3 comeback triumph over No. 5 Jefferson in the first round.
Miletic, announced as the first repeat CACC Women's Tennis Player of the Year since 2011-12 on Tuesday, will lead the charge after picking up her team-best 11th win of the season with her fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday. She is 9-1 in dual matches this year, which includes a perfect 7-0 mark in the CACC.
Also extending her winning streak to multiple matches on Tuesday was Julia James, who won her third straight to move over .500 at 6-5. She is tied for third on the team in singles victories with Elkanah Linder.
Abbygail Gamarnik and Danielle Paran were University of the Sciences' other singles winners, at the third and fourth flight, on Tuesday. Gamarnik moved to second on the team with seven overall wins, while Paran is now .500 at 5-5 on the year.
If USciences is to have success against Goldey-Beacom it will start with doubles play as the Devils top two teams are a combined 21-7 on the year, highlighted by Linder and Paran entering the weekend on an eight-match win streak.
The No. 2 doubles pair is 11-2 together this season, including 10-1 in dual play after finishing 7-1 in the CACC.
Not far behind those two is first flight duo Miletic and Gamarnik, who have compiled an impressive 10-5 record to date.
The most successful No. 3 pair has been Le and Serrano, who are 3-2 on the year.
The winner of Friday's matchup will advance to Saturday's 12 p.m. CACC Championship Match where it will meet either No. 2 Concordia (10-1, 7-1) or No. 3 Wilmington (9-5, 6-2).