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@CanesWTennis Shuts out No. 24 Georgia Tech

@CanesWTennis Shuts out No. 24 Georgia Tech

CORAL GABLES, Fla. The University of Miami women’s tennis team opened ACC play in dominant fashion Friday evening at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, sweeping No. 24 Georgia Tech, 7-0.

No. 11 Miami (3-0, 1-0 ACC) earned the doubles point in tight fashion and then cruised through singles, dropping just one set. The Hurricanes have now won 7-0 in their first ACC match in each of the past three seasons.

“It was nice, that was great,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said of starting ACC play with a shutout win over a top-25 opponent. “I told the girls that I was very happy with everybody just responding to us making a change in the lineup pretty last minute, not even skipping a beat and just going with it. I think it just says a lot about where the girls are maturity-wise.”

Sophomore Sinead Lohan and freshman Ana Madcur started off singles play with an impressive 6-1 win over Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer and Natasha Prokhnevska. Georgia Tech (2-2, 0-1 ACC) then pulled even when No. 35 Paige Hourigan and Kendal Woodard topped senior Stephanie Wagner and sophomore Wendy Zhang, 6-2.

With all eyes turned to court three, sophomore Silvia Fuentes and senior Clementina Riobueno clinched the doubles point for Miami with a 6-3 win over Rasheeda McAdoo and Alexis Prokopuik.

It did not take long for the Hurricanes to clinch the victory in singles play. Zhang, ranked No. 80, made it 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Woodard and Fuentes followed that up with a tremendous effort against Prokhnevska. The Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain native did not even concede a game, posting a 6-0, 6-0 win.

Lohan, playing at the No. 1 position for the sixth time in her career, sealed the deal for the Hurricanes. The nation’s seventh-ranked player, Lohan downed Hourigan, 6-4, 6-2, to give Miami the win.

Soon after, freshman Clara Tanielian picked up a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Prokopuik. For Tanielian it was her first appearance in a dual match in her career and the win came at the No. 4 spot in the Miami lineup in the aforementioned switch Yaroshuk-Tews touched on.

Madcur won a first set tiebreaker and then went on to defeat Anton-Ohlmeyer in straight sets, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. Wagner, ranked ninth in the country, played the lone three-set match of the day on court two against No. 92 McAdoo.

After winning the first set and then dropping the second in a tiebreaker, 7-5, Wagner earned the win by claiming the 10-point tiebreaker, 10-8. The Amberg, Germany native took the match 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-8) for her team-leading third nationally-ranked win of the spring.

“The girls played really well today. From top to bottom, they played well,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Clara came in and played a super-disciplined match, which we’ve been stressing with her a lot. To come in and play in our first ACC match and to dominate that way shows a lot of maturity from her. We’re getting the job done down at five and six.”

The contest against the Yellow Jackets marked the first time a women’s tennis match at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center has been broadcast live on ESPN3.

The Hurricanes will be back in action Feb. 5 in Madison, Wis., when they open play at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

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

RESULTS

Doubles Competition
1. No. 35 Paige Hourigan/Kendal Woodard (GT) def. Stephanie Wagner/Wendy Zhang (UM), 6-2
2. Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer/Natasha Prokhnevska (GT), 6-1
3. Silvia Fuentes/Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. Rasheeda McAdoo/Alexis Prokopuik (GT), 6-3

Singles Competition
1. No. 7 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Paige Hourigan (GT), 6-4, 6-2
2. No. 9 Stephanie Wagner (UM) def. No. 92 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT), 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-8)
3. No. 80 Wendy Zhang (UM) def. Kendal Woodard (GT), 6-0, 6-2
4. Clara Tanielian (UM) def. Alexis Prokopuik (GT), 6-2, 6-1
5. Ana Madcur (UM) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT), 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
6. Silvia Fuentes (UM) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT), 6-0, 6-0