@CanesWTennis Opens Play at Wolverine Invitational
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team started competition Friday at the Wolverine Invitational, held at the Varsity Tennis Center on Michigan’s campus.
Facing players from Michigan, Princeton and Washington in a total of eight singles matches and four doubles matches, Miami concluded the day with a record of 6-6.
“We competed really well today as a team,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “[The players] listened to coaching and played the type of tennis we were looking for. We have some tests ahead that should be fun. I’m enjoying watching this group come together as a team.”
Playing singles inside the Preston Robert Tisch Building, the Hurricanes posted a 5-3 mark, including going 5-1 in six matches against Washington.
In those half-dozen contests versus the Huskies, Miami earned four straight-set victories. Redshirt sophomore Yolimar Ogando, ranked No. 32, was the lone Hurricane to win in three sets, downing Tami Grende, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Sophomore Ana Madcur, ranked No. 117, earned a 6-2, 7-5 triumph over Lana Slavica, while redshirt senior Maci Epstein downed Alexis Prokopuik, 6-1, 6-4. Junior Silvia Fuentes beat Kenadi Hance, 6-3, 6-4, and freshman Dominika Paterova notched a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Katarina Kopcalic.
Freshman Estela Perez-Somarriba fell for the first time in her young career, but did manage to force a third set versus No. 105 Stacey Fung in her first contest against a ranked opponent. Perez-Somarriba ended up dropping the match, 3-6, 6-3, 0-6.
Sophomore Clara Tanielian and freshman Sara Culbertson, the latter in the first action of her career, both came up short against players from Princeton. Tanielian was defeated by Gaby Pollner, 6-1, 5-7, 4-6, and Culbertson’s setback came to Sara Goodwin, 4-6, 1-6.
In doubles play, which took place at the William Clay Ford Outdoor Courts, Miami tallied a 1-3 record.
The Hurricanes played three matches against Michigan, with Madcur and Perez-Somarriba earning a 6-2 win over Kara Hall and Chiara Lommer.
Paterova and junior Sinead Lohan dropped a 2-6 decision to the nation’s fourth-ranked pair, Brienne Minor and Mira Rudor-Hook. Epstein and Ogando fell to Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian, 4-6.
Facing Goodwin and Tiffany Chen of Princeton, Fuentes and Tanielian came up on the short end of a 3-6 result.
Saturday, Miami will meet Princeton in singles at 10 a.m., and then is set to take on Washington in doubles at 1 p.m.
No. 105 Stacey Fung (UW) def. Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM), 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
No. 32 Yolimar Ogando (UM) def. Tami Grende (UW), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
No. 117 Ana Madcur (UM) def. Lana Slavica (UW), 6-2, 7-5
Maci Epstein (UM) def. Alexis Prokopuik (UW), 6-1, 6-4
Silvia Fuentes (UM) def. Kenadi Hance (UW), 6-3, 6-4
Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Katarina Kopcalic (UW), 6-4, 6-3
Gaby Pollner (PR) def. Clara Tanielian (UM), 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
Sara Goodwin (PR) def. Sara Culbertson (UM), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 Brienne Minor/Mira Rudor-Hook (MICH) def. Sinead Lohan/Dominika Paterova (UM), 6-2
Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (MICH) def. Maci Epstein/Yolimar Ogando (UM), 6-4
Ana Madcur/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Kara Hall/Chiara Lommer (MICH), 6-2
Tiffany Chen/Sara Goodwin (PR) def. Silvia Fuentes/Clara Tanielian (UM), 6-3
10 a.m.: Miami vs. Princeton (singles)
1 p.m.: Miami vs. Washington (doubles)