Ogando Participates in All-American Championships
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Redshirt sophomore Yolimar Ogando of the University of Miami women’s tennis team competed Tuesday in the qualifying draw of the elite Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships.
One of the most prestigious collegiate tournaments of the year, the event is held at the Riviera Tennis Club and showcases hundreds of the best players in the country. Ogando, ranked No. 32 nationally and seeded No. 5 in the draw, took part in the event for the first time in her career.
The San Juan, Puerto Rico, native dropped both her matches, as she took on a pair of players ranked in the ITA top 80. Entering Tuesday, Ogando was 7-1 in her career against ranked opponents, with the lone setback coming in a match she had to withdraw from due to injury.
Ogando opened play by taking on No. 79 Gabriella De Santis of Ohio State, to whom she fell, 5-7, 1-6. In her consolation match, Ogando won the first set against No. 69 Paige Cline of South Carolina, but came up short in the match, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 2-6.
Redshirt senior Maci Epstein and junior Silvia Fuentes both played in the pre-qualifying draw Saturday. Junior Sinead Lohan, ranked fifth in the nation, is set to open competition Thursday when main draw action begins.
Qualifying – First Round
No. 79 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. No. 32  Yolimar Ogando, 7-5, 6-1
Qualifying – Consolation
No. 69 Paige Cline (SC) def. No. 32  Yolimar Ogando, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-2