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October 10, 2013

Eph Doubles Duo of Shoemaker-Curran advance to semifinals of USTA/ITA Small College Championships

FORT MYERS, FL. — The Williams College doubles tandem of senior Kara Shoemaker and junior Rebecca Curran were slated to be in class on campus Thursday.

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.

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