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W. Tennis Goes 8-2 on Day One of Fall Invite

W. Tennis Goes 8-2 on Day One of Fall Invite

CORAL GABLES, Fla. On the first day of the 2015 fall season, the University of Miami women’s tennis team came out in stellar fashion, dropping just two matches Friday at the Miami Fall Invite.

The Hurricanes posted a 5-1 mark in doubles at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center and went 3-1 in singles, with another victory by withdrawal and a sixth match left unfinished, but just two games from a Miami victory.

“Very excited to see the team compete and coach the young players up,” Miami associate head coach Laura Vallverdu said. “They are all being very responsive and seem hungry to implement what we talk about.”

All three Hurricane duos won their first round doubles matches. Sophomores Silvia Fuentes and Yolimar Ogando, seeded second in the Green Doubles Draw, earned a 6-2 victory over Pitt’s Natsumi Okamoto and Gabriela Rezende.

In the Orange Doubles Draw, freshman Ana Madcur and senior Clementina Riobueno downed Ohio State’s Gabriella De Santis and Miho Kowase, 6-3. Additionally, freshman Clara Tanielian teamed with sophomore Wendy Zhang for a 6-3 win against Paula de Man and Alizee Michaud of Auburn.

Fuentes and Ogando fell 6-0 to Vanderbilt’s Summer Dvorak and senior Ellie Yates in the Green Doubles Draw semifinals.

Both Miami pairs in the Orange Doubles Draw posted comeback victories to form an all-UM final. In a back-and-forth contest, Madcur and Riobueno were able to notch a 6-4 victory over Alex Anton-Ohlmeyer and Megan Kurey of Georgia Tech.

Tanielian and Zhang jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the top-seeded duo of Frances Altick and Fernanda Contreras of Vanderbilt, but the Commodores won four-straight games to go up 5-3. The Hurricane duo responded by evening the score at five and then again at six, before eventually winning the match in the tiebreaker for a 7-6 (7-2) victory.

In singles action, Fuentes, the second seed in the Green Singles Draw, won her match over Clara Lucas of Pitt via withdrawal. Also in that draw, Madcur fell to Pitt’s Amber Washington, 6-2, 6-1. Tanielian’s match was the only one on the day left unfinished, as she was unable to complete hers due to rain. The newcomer led 2-6, 6-3, 4-1 after a stellar comeback following an earlier three-hour rain delay.

No. 94 Ogando won her Orange Singles Draw first round match over Lolade Ogungbesan of Pitt, 6-4, 6-1. Riobueno, ranked No. 63 and seeded third, took down Pitt’s Gabriela Rezende, 6-3, 6-2. Zhang, ranked No. 73 and seeded fourth, earned a tough three-set comeback win over Auburn’s Andie Dikosavljevic.

“I am looking for a very strong Saturday in terms of team vibe and their individual body language,” Vallverdu said. “Their tennis always shows when they are taking care of those things.”

Singles action will begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday and after two rounds have been played, the final doubles contests will take place.

To keep up with the Hurricanes throughout the Miami Fall Invite, follow @HurricaneTennis.


Orange Singles Main Draw – Round of 16
No. 47 [1] Pleun Burgmans (AUB) def. Carina Ma (UP), 6-2, 6-2
Ellie Yates (VAN) def. Rasheeda McAdoo (GT), 6-3, 6-2
No. 117 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Audrey Ann Blakely (UP), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
No. 73 [4] Wendy Zhang (Miami) def. Andie Dikosavljevic (AUB), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
No. 63 [3] Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Gabriela Rezende (UP), 6-3, 6-2
No. 77 Alizee Michaud (AUB) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT), 6-2, 6-3
T-No. 94 Yolimar Ogando (Miami) def. Lolade Ogungbesan (UP), 6-4, 6-1
No. 49 [2] Frances Altick (VAN) def. Reka Muller (AUB), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1

Green Singles Main Draw – Round of 16
[1] Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Sofia Blanno (AUB), 6-1, 6-1
Amber Washington (UP) def. Ana Madcur (Miami), 6-2, 6-1
Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Callie Frey (UP), 6-0, 6-1
[4] Paula de Man (AUB) def. Summer Dvorak (VAN), 6-1, 6-4
[3] Megan Kurey (GT) def. Natsumi Okamoto (UP), 6-2, 6-1
Clara Tanielian (Miami) vs. Alannah Griffin (AUB), 2-6, 6-3, 4-1 (currently unfinished)
Fernanda Contreras (VAN) def. Caroline Turner (AUB), 6-2, 6-3
[2] Silvia Fuentes (Miami) def. Clara Lucas (UP), by withdrawal

Orange Doubles Main Draw – Quarterfinals
[1] Frances Altick/Fernanda Contreras (VAN) def. Lolade Ogunbesan/Amber Washington (UP), 6-1
Clara Tanielian/Wendy Zhang (Miami) def. Paula de Man/Alizee Michaud (AUB), 6-3
Ana Madcur/Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Gabriella De Santis/Miho Kowase (OSU), 6-3
Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer/Megan Kurey (GT) def. [2] Pleun Burgmans/Alannah Griffin (AUB), 7-5

Orange Doubles Main Draw – Semifinals
Clara Tanielian/Wendy Zhang (Miami) def. [1] Frances Altick/Fernanda Contreras (VAN), 7-6 (7-2)
Ana Madcur/Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer/Megan Kurey (GT), 6-4

Orange Doubles Consolation Draw – Semifinals
Paula de Man/Alizee Michaud (AUB) def. Lolade Ogunbesan/Amber Washington (UP), 6-2
[2] Pleun Burgmans/Alannah Griffin (AUB) def. Gabriella De Santis/Miho Kowase (OSU), 6-3

Green Doubles Main Draw – Quarterfinals
[1] Rasheeda McAdoo/Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Callie Frey/Clara Lucas (UP), by withdrawal
Reka Muller/Caroline Turner (AUB) def. Audrey Ann Blakely/Carina Ma (UP), 6-0
Summer Dvorak/Ellie Yates (VAN) def. Sofia Blanno/Andie Dikosavljevic (AUB), 6-4
[2] Silvia Fuentes/Yolimar Ogando (Miami) def. Natsumi Okamoto/Gabriela Rezende (UP), 6-2

Green Doubles Main Draw – Semifinals
Reka Muller/Caroline Turner (AUB) def. [1] Rasheeda McAdoo/Alexis Prokopuik (GT), 6-2
Summer Dvorak/Ellie Yates (VAN) def. [2] Silvia Fuentes/Yolimar Ogando (Miami), 6-0

Green Doubles Consolation Draw – Semifinals
Audrey Ann Blakely/Carina Ma (UP) def. Callie Frey/Clara Lucas (UP), by walkover
Sofia Blanno/Andie Dikosavljevic (AUB) def. Natsumi Okamoto/Gabriela Rezende (UP), 6-1