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ELITE EIGHT! Lohan Again Reaches NCAA Quarters

ELITE EIGHT! Lohan Again Reaches NCAA Quarters

TULSA, Okla. For the third time in the history of University of Miami women’s tennis, a Hurricane is headed to the NCAA Singles Championship quarterfinals in consecutive years.

Sinead Lohan, both ranked and seeded eighth, recorded a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 35 Desirae Krawczyk of Arizona State in the Sweet 16 Friday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus.

The sophomore joins eight-time ITA All-American Ronni Reis and five-time ITA All-American Laura Vallverdu, currently Miami’s associate head coach, as the lone Hurricanes to reach the Elite Eight at least twice.

“You don’t see it often as a coach, on your team or on any other team,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said of Lohan’s successes in the NCAA Singles Championship in her young career. “Kids like this don’t come around often. With that being said, I don’t think that Sinead is even close to being satisfied, which is why she’s as good as she is. Last year was last year and this year is this year.”

Lohan jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening set, including starting with a 3-0 edge and dropping a total of two points in her first three games serving. Lohan then went up 5-1, winning her third of four games during the match in which she did not concede a single point.

Krawczyk stormed back to cut Lohan’s lead to 5-4 and a light drizzle began to fall. With the Sun Devil senior serving, Lohan won a deciding point at deuce to take the first set, 6-4.

The duo exchanged holds for the first seven games of the second set before Lohan finally broke to go up, 5-3. Krawczyk then broke back and had service with a 4-5 deficit for the second consecutive set, but again Lohan was able to break to close out a set and, this time, the match.

“Sinead was hitting heavy balls deep in the court,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She was able to keep the ball out of this kid’s strike zone. I think she was able to keep [Krawczyk] from doing what she wanted to do. That’s the key and she was able to do it consistently.

Prior to Lohan, Vallverdu was the last Hurricane to advance to the Elite Eight twice, doing so in 2009 and 2010, while Reis made the quarterfinals in 1985, 1986 and 1988. Lohan and Reis, now the head coach at Michigan, are the only two Hurricanes to advance to the quarterfinals in their freshman and sophomore years.

Lohan, who has a spring singles record of 28-1, is also now tied with teammate Stephanie Wagner for fourth in all-time wins by a Miami player in the NCAA Singles Championship, with six.

In addition, at 39-5 overall in 2015-16 singles play, Lohan now has the fifth-most wins in a single season in program history. Her 38 victories last year are tied for sixth, making her the lone player with two top-six marks. The Waterford, Ireland, native is 22-5 against ranked players this season, including 16-5 versus top-50 opponents.

Lohan is one of three ACC players in the Elite Eight, the most of any conference. She will take on Texas’ Breaunna Addison, who is ranked No. 10 and seeded No. 9-16, in the NCAA Singles Championship quarterfinals Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

“I know tomorrow she is looking to take another step forward and improve upon the results from last year,” Yaroshuk-Tews said, “and I think it’s a good matchup.”

All NCAA Championships information is available HERE. Live stats and live video links can be found HERE and the NCAA Singles Championship bracket is available HERE.

For more information on University of Miami women’s tennis, follow @CanesWTennis.

FRIDAY RESULT

NCAA Singles Championship Round of 16
No. 8 [8] Sinead Lohan (UM) def. No. 35 Desirae Krawczyk (ASU), 6-4, 6-4

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

NCAA Singles Championship Quarterfinals
1 p.m. ET: No. 8 [8] Sinead Lohan (UM) vs. No. 10 [9-16] Breaunna Addison (TX)