Case Western Reserve University senior Jessica Liu and sophomore Madeleine Paolucci were selected as the University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week for women's tennis after winning the main doubles draw at the 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Central Regional Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan this past weekend.
Liu and Paolucci became the first doubles pairing in women's tennis program history to win the main doubles draw at the ITA Regional Championships. By winning the tournament, the duo earned All-American honors for the 2018-19 season.
Liu and Paolucci, seeded third in the draw, won 7-6 (1), 3-6, 10-6 to ninth-seed Eugenia Lee and Lauren Park of Chicago in the finals of the main doubles draw. They advanced to the finals on Sunday after defeating Chicago's Annika Pandey and Nicole Semenoy in the quarterfinals round (8-2) and then earned a win over Denison's Emma Alsup and Lauren Hawley (8-5) in the semifinals of the draw.
The duo will now prepare for the 2018 ITA Cup which will be held in Rome, Georgia from October 11th-14th. The event will take place in the Rome Tennis Center on the campus of Berry College. Each division represented will feature eight singles players and eight doubles teams, competing in their respective draws.
The rest of the Case Western Reserve women's tennis team will resume its fall season on Friday, September 28th when they open play at the Detroit Mercy Invitational in Detroit, Michigan.
The following Spartans have earned UAA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week honors during the 2018-19 season:
September 10th: Shreyaa Mukund