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Lohan First Cane to Reach Riviera/ITA Final

Lohan First Cane to Reach Riviera/ITA Final

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. For the first time in program history, a University of Miami women’s tennis player has advanced to the finals of the prestigious Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships.

Sophomore Sinead Lohan cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over No. 29 Ellen Perez of Georgia Saturday at the Riviera Tennis Club to earn a berth in Sunday’s final.

 “Sinead enjoys the battle and wants the battle,” Miami associate head coach Laura Vallverdu said. “That is the key to her success.”

The win over Perez gave Lohan, who went 38-8 en route to ITA All-American honors as a freshman, her fifth win of the young fall season against a player in the ITA top 30. She is 8-1 overall, with a 6-1 mark against ranked players.

Four of those top-30 wins have come in this tournament, as Lohan first knocked off third-ranked and second-seeded Julia Elbaba (Virginia) in the first round, followed by No. 18 Rachel Pierson (Texas A&M), No. 15 Taylor Davidson (Stanford), and now Perez.

Lohan will face Virginia’s Danielle Collins, ranked eighth and seeded seventh, in the final Sunday. The pair has split their two previous career matchups.

“If she is able to mentally come out like she did today and add a little more aggression to her game, I see great things for her,” Vallverdu said.

To learn more about University of Miami women’s tennis, follow @HurricaneTennis.

SATURDAY RESULT

Main Draw – Semifinals
No. 13 Sinead Lohan (Miami) def. No. 29 Ellen Perez (UGA), 6-1, 6-2

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

Main Draw – Final
2 p.m.: No. 13 Sinead Lohan vs. No. 8 [7] Danielle Collins (UVA)