@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.
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.
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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
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