W. Tennis Claims Miami Spring Invite Title
CORALGABLES, Fla. – Aftera weekend of facing three ranked teams, No. 11 Texas, No. 14 Texas A&M andNo. 26 Vanderbilt, the ninth-ranked Hurricanes came out on top, winning the MiamiSpring Invite at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
“This was a real fun weekend of tennis at theNeil Schiff Tennis Center,” said Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. “Regardlessof which court you were watching, you were seeing just amazing tennis.”
The Canes picked up 15 points with a pair ofwins in doubles play, including Brittany Dubins and Kelsey Laurente’s 8-5 winover the nation’s seventh-ranked duo, Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov ofTexas A&M.
At No. 1 doubles, Lina Lileikite and freshmanStephanie Wagner outpaced the Aggies’ Wen Sun and Nazari Urbina, 8-5.
In singles play, three of Miami’s four winscame from freshmen, including a 6-4, 6-3 decision by UM’s 92nd-rankedWagner over Texas’ Elizabeth Begley.
The other two freshmen winners showed theirfight as both Clementina Riobueno (6-4, 4-6, 10-5) and Deborah Suarez (2-6,7-5, 11-9) battled to three-set wins over Lina Padegimaite and Lana Groenvynck,respectively.
Junior Brittany Dubins easily dispatched theLonghorns’ Juliana in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
“Our team improved each day and that’s all acoach can ask for,” added Yaroshuk-Tews. “Our young players are growing up fastand beginning to transition to the next level.”
Miami ended the three-day event with 87points, while Vanderbilt closed on the final day with 86. Texas and TexasA&M rounded out the teams with 85 and 81 points, respectively.
“Speaking in behalf of all the programs, Icouldn’t have been happier to see these four teams competing at this level forthree consecutive days,” said Yaroshuk-Tews. “We are all better programs at theend of this weekend than we were at the beginning.”
MIAMISPRING INVITE FORMAT OF PLAY
There will be no team scoring atthis weekend’s event, as everyone is competing as an individual.
Each team will play three rounds of doublesand three rounds of singles. There will be eight flights in singles and fourflights in doubles. Each day will consist of eight doubles matches and 16singles matches. The third set will be played to completion in singles. Pointswill be allotted for each win based on the following decreasing point value todetermine the champion (singles and doubles) at the end of the weekend.
Win at No. 1 position — 8 points
Win at No. 2 position — 7 points
Win at No. 3 position — 6 points
Win at No. 4 position — 5 points
Win at No. 5 position — 4 points
Win at No. 6 position — 3 points
Win at No. 7 position — 2 points
Win at No. 8 position — 1 point
Friday, Jan. 25 — vs. Hawaii (Neil Schiff Tennis Center), 10 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26 — vs. Arizona State or Oklahoma (Neil SchiffTennis Center), Time TBA