@HurricaneTennis Downs UofL on the Road, 6-1
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team wrapped up its 2015 regular season road slate in stellar fashion Sunday at Louisville.
The Hurricanes cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals and dropped just two sets the entire match at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
“I was really happy with the freshmen today and Clementina [Riobueno] showed signs of improvement,” head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We need to continue moving forward in many ways in order to make a push late in the season.”
Miami (14-5, 10-2 ACC) began play with a dominant doubles showing, winning 22 games and losing just three. Freshman Sinead Lohan and junior Stephanie Wagner opened the doubles action by defeating Chloe Willetts and Ariana Rodriguez without even dropping a game, winning 8-0.
Senior Monique Albuquerque and junior Clementina Riobueno, ranked No. 36, took down Manuela Vasquez and Cassie Pough, 8-1, to clinch the doubles point for the Hurricanes. The 63rd-ranked pair of senior Lina Lileikite and freshman Wendy Zhang led 6-2 over Elle Stokes and Ellie Gerlach when play stopped.
The Hurricanes were nearly as impressive in singles competition against Louisville (11-15, 2-11 ACC) as they were in doubles. No. 11 Wagner posted the first singles win for Miami with a tremendous showing against Jessie Paul Lynn, winning not just in straight sets, but without even losing a game.
Wagner’s 6-0, 6-0 win put Miami ahead 2-0 and then No. 32 Lohan made it 3-0 by defeating Stokes, 6-0, 6-3.
No. 107 Zhang, one day after her birthday, clinched the victory for the Hurricanes by winning 6-0, 6-3 over Ariana Rodriguez. Soon after, No. 67 Riobueno defeated Pough, 6-4, 6-0, and No. 115 Lileikite took down Willetts, 6-1, 7-5 to give Miami a 6-0 lead.
Velasquez posted the lone victory for the Cardinals, winning a tight contest against freshman Silvia Fuentes, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8).
“We took care of what we needed to take care of this weekend,” Yaroshuk-Tews said after road wins at No. 31 Notre Dame and Louisville. “Right now we are very focused on looking for some soul searching in order to truly make noise during the most fun part of the season. Improvement is critical now. We cannot get comfortable and stay in cruise control.”
Of the 11 sets Miami won in singles play against the Cardinals, five of them were 6-0 and another was 6-1. The Hurricanes completed their ACC road schedule with a 6-1 record, outscoring the seven opponents 37-12.
Miami will wrap up ACC play in consecutive days this weekend, as the Hurricanes host Florida State Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. and then face Pittsburgh Sunday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. Both matches will be played at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla. and live stats will be available HERE.
“We are looking forward to getting home and celebrating our seniors next weekend,” Yaroshuk-Tews said.
To track the action of the upcoming matches on Twitter, as well as learn more information on University of Miami women’s tennis, follow @HurricaneTennis.
1. No. 32 Sinead Lohan (Miami) def. Elle Stokes (UL), 6-0, 6-3
2. No. 11 Stephanie Wagner (Miami) def. Jessie Lynn Paul (UL), 6-0, 6-0
3. Manuela Velasquez (UL) def. Silvia Fuentes (Miami), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
4. No. 67 Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Cassie Pough (UL), 6-4, 6-0
5. No. 115 Lina Lileikite (Miami) def. Chloe Willetts (UL), 6-1, 7-5
6. No. 107 Wendy Zhang (Miami) def. Ariana Rodriguez (UL), 6-0, 6-3
1. Sinead Lohan/Stephanie Wagner (Miami) def. Chloe Willetts/Arian Rodriguez (UL), 8-0
2. No. 36 Monique Albuquerque/Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Manuela Velasquez/Cassie Pough (UL), 8-1
3. No. 63 Lina Lileikite/Wendy Zhang (Miami) vs. Elle Stokes/Ellie Gerlach (UL), 6-2, unfinished