For the 12th time in program history, The University of Scranton women's tennis team will play in the Landmark Conference Playoffs, as the second-seeded Royals take on third-seeded Elizabethtown in semifinal action on Wednesday at 4 p.m. on Royal Courts.
Scranton, who is the defending Landmark Conference champions, finished the season with a 10-6 overall mark and went 6-1 in Landmark Conference play. Elizabethtown, meanwhile, finished the year with a 10-3 mark and went 5-2 in Landmark action.
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On Wednesday, Scranton will play a familiar foe in Elizabethtown, as the teams have now played in each other in three of the last four seasons in the Landmark Conference playoffs. Last year, the Royals blanked the visiting Blue Jays in the semifinals in Scranton, 5-0, on their way to winning their fourth Landmark Conference title.
In 2018-19, the Royals have been led by the tandem of sophomore Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) and senior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep). DeNunzio is 11-6 in singles play and went 6-1 in the regular season in Landmark Conference play, while Jakubek is 12-8 overall and also went 6-1 in singles during the Landmark season.
In doubles, Jakubek and partner junior Emily Kelly (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) went unbeaten in Landmark Conference play, posting a 6-0 mark, while the team of freshman Claire Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) and senior Elyse Smilnak (Holidaysburg, Pa./Holidaysburg) went a perfect 7-0 in Landmark action throughout the regular season.
Elizabethtown, meanwhile, only was defeated by the top two seeds in the Landmark Conference playoff field during the regular season in Moravian and the Royals. On April 14, Scranton went to E-Town and pulled out a 7-2 win, as Jakubek and Kelly were two-time winners on the day in singles and doubles.
The other Landmark Conference semifinal match on Wednesday will feature top-seeded Moravian and fourth-seed Goucher. The winners of both semifinals will advance to Saturday's Championship match, which will be played at the highest remaining seed left in the field.
For more on the 2019 Landmark Conference women's tennis Championships, click here.