W. Tennis Sweeps Doubles at Miami Invite
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The University of Miami women’s tennis team tallied eight wins, including a sweep of doubles against the University of Texas, on the first day of the Miami Spring Invite.
The Hurricanes, who swept all four matches against the Longhorns, took four singles matches against Vanderbilt.
“I was really happy with the way we came out with doubles,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Texas plays you tough from top to bottom. We came out pretty methodical. I was really happy with the way we played. All the girls met the expectations today. Vanderbilt pushes you physically, mentally.”
The 29th-ranked doubles team consisting of Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno picked up an impressive win against No. 21 Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn of Texas, 6-3.
Two courts over, 55th-ranked Brittany Dubins and Stephanie Wagner defeated Texas’ Lina Padegimaite and Neda Koprcina, 6-4.
Doubles pair Kelsey Laurente and Melissa Bolivar swept Texas’ Elizabeth Begley and Ratnika Batra, 6-0, to give Miami its third doubles win. Lastly, freshman Victoria Zukowski and Lina Lileikite finished with a hard-fought victory over Lana Groenvynck and Juliana Gajic, 7-6, which completed the sweep of Texas.
Following a strong start against the Longhorns, Miami hit the court for eight singles matches against Vanderbilt. The Hurricanes and Commodores battled to a 4-4 split in singles play.
32nd-ranked Stephanie Wagner earned Miami’s first singles win of the 2014 season, dispatching Vanderbilt’s 78th-ranked Sydney Campbell 6-2, 6-2. One court over, 64th-ranked Kelsey Laurente hung on with a close victory over Vanderbilt’s Courtney Colton, 6-2, 7-5.
“I think Kelsey played a really good match today. I think she made a few minor changes there deep in the second set that allowed her to walk away from that match in two sets,” Yaroshuk-Tews said.
Taking a 5-4 lead, Brittany Dubins was on pace to win the first set. However, her opponent suffered an injury that withdrew her from the match.
“Brittany’s hitting the ball really well,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She’s playing a little bit more aggressive, and it was paying off.”
Clementina Riobueno battled for Miami’s fourth singles win of the day, taking down No. 102 Ashleigh Antall 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Victoria Zukowski made her Hurricanes debut on Friday. The true freshman helped Miami sweep in doubles play and showed promise as a singles player in a tough loss to Vanderbilt’s Astra Sharma 7-6, 6-2.
“Really happy to see Victoria, our new addition, come out today and play with great energy, great poise,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “The way she played, you would have thought she’d been on the team for a year.”
Monique Albuquerque, Lina Lileikite and Melissa Bolivar came up on the short end of their singles matches. Albuquerque fell to Frances Altick, 7-5, 6-3, in a long two-setter and Lileikite came up just short against Marie Casares after losing in a three-set tiebreaker. Bolivar dropped her match to 48th-ranked Georgina Sellyn, 6-3, 6-3
Miami will resume in tournament play tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, starting with doubles against Memphis and playing Texas in singles shortly after.
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#32 Stephanie Wagner (Miami) def. #78 Sydney Campbell (VAN) 6-2, 6-2
#64 Kelsey Laurente (Miami) def. Courtney Colton (VAN) 6-2, 7-5
Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. #102 Ashleigh Antall (VAN) 6-4, 7-6 (4-0)
Frances Altick (VAN) def. Monique Albuquerque (Miami) 7-5, 6-3
Marie Casares (VAN) def. Lina Lileikite (Miami) 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (11-9)
#48 Georgina Sellyn (VAN) def. Melissa Bolivar (Miami) 6-3, 6-3
Brittany Dubins (Miami) def. #61 Lauren Mira (VAN) 5-4, INJ
Astra Sharma (VAN) def. Victoria Zukowski (Miami) 7-6 (4-0), 6-2
#29 Monique Albuquerque/Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. #21 Breaunna Addison/Pippa Horn (Texas) 6-3
Kelsey Laurente/Melissa Bolivar (Miami) def. Elizabeth Begley/Ratnika Batra (Texas) 6-0
#55 Brittany Dubins/Stephanie Wagner (Miami) def. Lina Padegimaite/Neda Koprcina (Texas) 6-4
Victoria Zukowski/Lina Lileikite (Miami) def. Lana Groenvynck/Juliana Gajic (Texas) 7-6