Case Western Reserve University sophomore Madeleine Paolucci became the first All-American singles players in the history of the women's tennis program as she picked up a win in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Singles Tournament on Friday in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Paolucci earned a hard-fought three-set victory over Caltech's Kana Moriyama in the round of 32. After falling in the first set by a score of 6-2, Paolucci came back to win 6-1 in the second set and then sealed the victory with a 6-0 win in the third set.
However in the round of 16, Paolucci matched up with Catherine Allen of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and fell by a score of 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Allen entered the tournament as the No. 1 singles player in the West Region.
The loss puts an end to a spectacular sophomore campaign for Paolucci. She racked up 19 wins for CWRU, despite facing some of the toughest competition in Division III in the no. 1 singles spot, and added a 17-11 doubles record during the year. Paolucci was also named to the All-UAA First Team earlier in the campaign.
The Spartans ended the 2019 season with an overall record of 8-11.