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No. 9 W. Tennis Opens Season With Win at FAU

No. 9 W. Tennis Opens Season With Win at FAU

January 11, 2013

BOCA RATON,Fla.  – The ninth-ranked University of Miami women’s tennis team opened its 2013season with an impressive 7-0 win atneighboring FAU on Friday at PatchReef Park.

  FAU vs. No. 9 Miami
0-1 1-0
  #1 Singles 1 2 3
  Marlene Ryan 2 4  
  Lina Lileikite 6 6  
  #2 Singles 1 2 3
  Catalina Ene 4  
  Kelsey Laurente  
  #3 Singles 1 2 3
  Natasha Basma  
  Melissa Bolivar  
  #4 Singles 1 2 3
  Natalia Tomaszewicz  
  Stephanie Wagner  
  #5 Singles 1 2 3
  Stephanie Cardullo  
  Clementina Riobueno  
  #6 Singles 1 2 3
  Taylor Briggs  
  Deborah Suarez  
  #1 Doubles 1 2  
  Briggs/N. Tomaszewicz    
  #2 Doubles 1 2  
  Ene/Phillips unf     
  Laurente/Dubins unf     
  #3 Doubles 1 2  

Each of the singles matches were won in straight sets, with the match-clincher going to freshman Clementina Riobueno as she ousted the Owls’ Stephanie Cardullo 6-1, 6-1.

“It was fun to watch four girls begin their college careers for the University of Miami today,” head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “It was exciting to see everyone stick together and we saw a lot of good things from everybody.”

Other freshmen winning for the Canes were No.51 Kelsey Laurente (6-4, 6-0) over Catalina Ena, No. 92 Stephanie Wagner (6-0,6-1) over Natalia Tomaszewicz and Deborah Suarez (6-1, 6-0) over Taylor Briggs.

Sophomore Lina Lileikite, ranked No. 57 inthe ITA preseason rankings, downed FAU’s Marlene Ryan, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 1singles and junior Melissa Bolivar made quick work of Natasha Basma, winning6-1, 6-1.

The Hurricanes set the tone for the day indoubles however, earning victories in each match to claim the early 1-0 lead.  At No. 1 doubles, Bolivar teamed with Riobuenoto defeat FAU’s Briggs and Tomaszewicz, 8-1. At No. 3, Lileikite and Wagnerneeded the same score to top Basma and Cardullo. The No. 2 doubles team ofLaurente and Dubins led Natasha Phillips and Ene, 5-2, when the doubles pointwas clinched.

“I think our four new players were able toovercome some nerves and I think they’ll feel better moving through thisweekend having today under their belt,” Yaroshuk-Tews concluded.

The Canes will face No. 24 Illinois in theirfirst home match of the season at Neil Schiff Tennis Center. Double is set tobegin at 11 a.m.