Ticket Punched to ITA Nationals With 4-3 Win
January 26, 2013
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The ninth-ranked University of Miamiwomen’s tennis team secured its spot in the ITA National Team Indoors, with its 4-3victory over No. 35 Arizona State Saturday afternoon at the Neil Schiff TennisCenter.
The Hurricanes’ newestmember, Clementina Riobueno, battled back from a 4-1 third-set deficit to sealher team’s victory over a feisty Sun Devil squad. In the process, Riobueno andthe Canes moved to 4-0 on the season and will head to Charlottesville, Va.,Feb. 8-11 to participate in the ITA National Indoor Tournament.
|No. 35 Arizona State vs. No. 9 Miami|
|Leighann Sahagun||2||6||7 (4)|
“This was a big step for ourprogram,” said UM head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. “We’ll take this momentummoving forward.”
For the first time this season,Miami dropped the doubles point. However, aday after a tough three-set match, Melissa Bolivar tied the match at one, claiminga 6-2, 6-1 victory over the Sun Devils’ Stephanie Vlad.
After Lina Lileikite’s 0-6, 5-7 loss atNo. 1 to ASU’s Jacqueline Cako, the Canes found themselves down 2-1. Momentslater, Deborah Suarez tied it once again as she downed Joanna Smith 6-2, 6-2.The win kept the freshman perfect in dual matches on the season and gave her ateam best seventh singles victory.
Freshman Kelsey Laurente gave Miami thelead for the first time at 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over 86th-rankedDesirae Krawczyk.
The Canes trailed in the third set ineach of its two remaining matches, creating plenty of tension for the hometeam.
Yaroshuk-Tews said, “Being down 5-2 inthe third on court four and 4-1 on court five and then pulling out the win saysa lot about these young players.
“I wasn’t too happy about why we were inthose situations, but, I was happy about how we got through it.”
Riobueno rose to the occasion for herteam as she won five consecutive games, overcoming that 4-1 deficit in thethird set.
Stephanie Wagner was also in a three-setthriller. After winning the first set, she dropped the second to LeighannSahagun and trailed the third, three games to five. The freshman fought backand forced a tiebreak. Sahagun would go on to win the match 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4)after Miami had already earned its fourth point.
Bolivar and Riobueno gave the Canes thefirst doubles match at the No. 2 position (8-4). Setting up a dramatic doubles finish.
Laurente and Dubins trailed 6-0 in theirmatch at No. 3 doubles, before rallying to tie things up at 6-6. However,Arizona State took the next two games, winning, 8-6.
Lileikite and Wagner were behind sevengames to five in their match against Cako and Nicole Smith. The Miami duoclosed the gap to 7-6 and took a brief lead in the next game, but ASU heldserve to win the match and the doubles-clinching point, 8-6.
Before heading to Charlottesville, theHurricanes will play host to North Florida at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center onSaturday, Feb. 2. The match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
1. Jacqueline Cako (ASU) def. #57 LinaLileikite (UM) 6-0, 7-5
2. #51 Kelsey Laurente (UM) def. #86Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Melissa Bolivar (UM) def. StephanieVlad (ASU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. #92Stephanie Wagner (UM) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. EbonyPanoho (ASU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
6. Deborah Suarez (UM) def. JoannaSmith (ASU) 6-2, 6-2
1. Jacqueline Cako/Nicole Smith (ASU)def. Lina Lileikite/Stephanie Wagner (UM) 8-6
2. Melissa Bolivar/Clementina Riobueno(UM) def. Ebony Panoho/Joanna Smith (ASU) 8-4
3. Desirae Krawczyk/Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Kelsey Laurente/Brittany Dubins(UM) 8-6
Order of Finish
Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,6,2,5,4)