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Firebirds Soar Past LeMoyne, 5-2

Milic improved to 4-1 in singles play this season with her match-clinching victory today.
Milic improved to 4-1 in singles play this season with her match-clinching victory today.

SYRACUSE, NY – The University of the District of Columbia women's tennis team claimed two of three doubles matches and four of six singles matches to earn a 5-2 road victory vs. LeMoyne College Sat. afternoon at Skytop Tennis Courts.

The Firebirds, winners of three straight dual matches, improved to 4-1 overall with today's win while the Dolphins fell to 5-2 overall.

The match began with doubles play, where the Firebirds have managed to secure the doubles point every match this season. UDC kept its streak alive today as its No. 1 and 2 doubles pairs both remained unbeaten in dual match play. Simoné Pärn and Marija Milic teamed up for a 6-0 win at No. 1, and Anastasiia Danylova and Joanna Skrzypczynska came through with a 6-4 victory at No. 2.

Pärn continued the Firebirds' momentum as she kicked off singles play with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Tiffany Hamdan at No. 1. She is currently 5-0 this season in dual match singles play.

Danylova followed with a 6-3, 6-1 win vs. Camila Hamala at No. 5, moving UDC within a singles point of clinching the match.

The next two singles decisions at No. 4 and 6 went the Dolphins' way, but a resounding comeback win by Milic, after she had lost the first set, 6-1, clinched the victory for the Firebirds. She would defeat Birdem Oz, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot to earn the decisive 4th point.

Joanna Skrzypczynska then, for good measure, grinded out a hard-fought, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 win vs. Caroline St. Antoine at No. 3, as she continued her stellar play in this her rookie season with UDC.

Next up, the Firebirds have another non-conference road match at Millersville University on Wed., Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.