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@HurricaneTennis Blanks No. 14 Clemson, 7-0

@HurricaneTennis Blanks No. 14 Clemson, 7-0

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team rolled past Clemson in its second ACC match of the season.

The No. 20 Hurricanes defeated the No. 14 Tigers 7-0 Sunday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

Miami (6-2, 2-0 ACC) started the day strong in doubles action led by the 17th-ranked pair of senior Monique Albuquerque and junior Clementina Riobueno. The pair won seven straight games to defeat Romy Koelzer and Tristen Dewar.

 “We were playing every point with high intensity and trying to stay aggressive,” Riobueno said. “We were coming into the net and finishing the points there. I think we were doing a really good job in the baseline setting up the person that was at the net.” 

For the second consecutive match the remaining doubles pairs raced to clinch the doubles point for Miami. It was the freshman tandem of Sinead Lohan and Wendy Zhang who sealed the deal, defeating Daniela Ruiz and Joana Eidukonyte 8-4.

As Lohan and Zhang wrapped up the doubles point against Clemson (7-5, 3-1 ACC), the seventh-ranked duo of senior Lina Lileikite and junior Stephanie Wagner was poised to take down the nation’s top-ranked doubles pair of Jessy Rompies and Beatrice Gumulya.

Lileikite and Wagner trailed 2-4 and won five-straight games as the match finished 7-4, with the duo just two points away from a match victory.

The Hurricanes looked equally impressive in singles competition, winning all six matches, four of them in straight sets. Riobueno and Albuquerque worked quickly as they did in doubles competition, winning the first two singles points of the day.

Riobueno, ranked No. 62, defeated Jessy Rompies 6-4, 6-2 and after a long deuce on match point, Albuquerque beat No. 119 Tristen Dewar 6-4, 6-4.

Miami clinched its victory against Clemson with an impressive win by Lohan. The freshman, ranked No. 45, defeated No. 58 Romy Koelzer 6-4, 7-5. Minutes later, freshman Silvia Fuentes earned the Hurricanes their fifth point, forcing an error by Daniela Ruiz and earning a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The Tigers forced the final two singles matches into a third set. In a much-anticipated number one singles matchup, No. 10 Wagner dropped the first set to No. 20 Joana Eidukonyte 4-6. Wagner stayed tough and won the second set 6-4 and then won a tiebreaker 10-4 to clinch a victory.

Playing a full third set, No. 84 Lileikite won the last match of the day against No. 82 Beatrice Gumulya 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, as her teammates cheered her on standing besides court three.

“We played some great tennis today. Mentally and physically we were on point,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Clemson is a good team that is tough to take down 7-0. That was the goal and we were able to execute.”

The Hurricanes travel to Syracuse, N.Y. next week to take on the No. 34 Syracuse Orange Friday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information on University of Miami women’s tennis, follow @HurricaneTennis.

RESULTS 

Singles Competition

1. No. 10 Stephanie Wagner (Miami) def. No. 20 Joana Eidukonyte (CU), 4-6, 6-4, 10-4
2. No 45 Sinead Lohan (Miami) def. No. 58 Romy Koelzer (CU), 6-4, 7-5
3. No. 84 Lina Lileikite (Miami) def. No. 82 Beatrice Gumulya (CU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
4. No. 62 Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Jessy Rompies (CU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Monique Albuquerque (Miami) def. No. 119 Tristen Dewar (CU), 6-4, 6-4
6. Silvia Fuentes (Miami) def. Daniela Ruiz (CU), 6-4, 6-4

Doubles Competition

1. No. 7 Stephanie Wagner/Lina Lileikite (Miami) vs. No. 1 Jessy Rompies/Beatrice Gumulya (CU), 7-4, unfinished
2. No. 17 Monique Albuquerque/Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Romy Koelzer/Tristen Dewar (CU), 8-1
3. Wendy Zhang/Sinead Lohan (Miami) def. Daniela Ruiz/Joana Eidukonyte (CU), 8-4