Instead they found themselves in Fort Myers, Florida for the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Small College Championships at the Three Oaks Tennis Center. The pair made the most of their good fortune — the team scheduled to play bowed out — by earning a trip to the semifinals with a tension-filled three-set battle of the wills victory over DePauw University's Maggie MacPhail and Caroline Emhart, 4-6, 6-1, 10-7.
"It was a great come-from-behind victory," Ephs' head coach Alison Swain — who also made the trip — said. "We had a long day of travel (Wednesday) and did not get to our hotel until 1:30 a.m. We sort of hit our stride in the second set and made some good in-match adjustments with strategy."
Shoemaker and Curran advance to Friday's 12:30 p.m. semifinals and then will play in the championship match or the third-place match at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.
This marks the second consecutive year that Shoemaker and Curran have advanced to the semifinals. Last year the Ephs' top doubles tandem finished third.