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@CanesWTennis Goes 11-2 on Second Day in Michigan

@CanesWTennis Goes 11-2 on Second Day in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. The University of Miami women’s tennis team was dominant Saturday at the Wolverine Invitational, posting an overall record of 11-2 at Michigan’s Varsity Tennis Center.

All matches were played at the William Clay Ford Outdoor Courts, but the chilly weather did not slow down the Hurricanes, who racked up eight wins in singles and three in doubles on day two of the event.

Miami played eight singles matches against Princeton and won seven of them, including junior Sinead Lohan, the fifth-ranked player in the country, rolling to a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Katrine Steffensen.

Redshirt sophomore Yolimar Ogando, ranked No. 32, earned a tough, three-set victory against Sivan Krems, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

“Ogando played a tough competitor who made her earn her match,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Yolimar took a big step forward mentally; she still has a way to go, but things looked bright.”

Estela Perez-Somarriba cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win versus Caroline Joyce, while fellow freshman Dominika Paterova dropped a 5-7, 1-6 decision to Nicole Kalhorn.

Sophomore Ana Madcur, ranked No. 117, had an impressive win over Tiffany Chen, storming back for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory. Redshirt senior Maci Epstein downed Gaby Pollner, 6-0, 6-3, while junior Silvia Fuentes defeated Clare McKee, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0, and sophomore Clara Tanielian topped Sara Goodwin, 6-3, 6-0.

In the Hurricanes’ lone singles match against Washington, freshman Sara Culbertson earned the first win of her young collegiate career. The Coral Gables, Fla., native took down Katarina Kopcalic, 6-4, 6-4.

“Culbertson played tough tennis through and through—long points at a high level,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She fought some nerves deep in the second set, but battled them and was successful. It was nice to see her come out on top. “

Miami faced Washington in a trio of doubles matches and tallied wins in two of them. Lohan and Paterova picked up a 6-3 win over Kopcalic and Stacey Fung, while Epstein and Ogando fell to Tami Grende and Kenadi Hance in a thrilling match, 6-7 (3-7), and Madcur and Perez-Somarriba defeated Alexis Prokopuik and Lana Slavica, 6-4.

In the other doubles match, Fuentes and Tanielian notched a 6-4 victory over Princeton’s McKee and Pollner.

“Doubles looked a bit more explosive today, which is our goal this season,” Yaroshuk-Tews said.

Sunday, Miami will meet Princeton in doubles at noon, and then is set to take on Michigan in singles after that.

To keep up with the University of Miami women’s tennis team on social media, follow @CanesWTennis on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

SATURDAY RESULTS

Singles Competition
No. 5 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Katrine Steffensen (PR), 6-1, 6-1
No. 32 Yolimar Ogando (UM) def. Sivan Krems (PR), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Caroline Joyce (PR), 6-4, 6-0
Nicole Kalhorn (PR) def. Dominika Paterova (UM), 7-5, 6-1
No. 117 Ana Madcur (UM) def. Tiffany Chen (PR), 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
Maci Epstein (UM) def.  Gaby Pollner (PR), 6-0, 6-3
Silvia Fuentes (UM) def.  Clare McKee (PR), 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
Clara Tanielian (UM) def.  Sara Goodwin (PR), 6-3, 6-0
Sara Culbertson (UM) def.  Katarina Kopcalic (UW), 6-4, 6-4

Doubles Competition
Sinead Lohan/Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Stacey Fung/Katarina Kopcalic (UW), 6-3
Tami Grende/ Kenadi Hance (UW) def. Maci Epstein/Yolimar Ogando (UM), 7-6 (7-3)
Ana Madcur/ Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Alexis Prokopuik/Lana Slavica (UW), 6-4
Silvia Fuentes/ Clara Tanielian (UM) def. Clare McKee/Gaby Pollner (PR), 6-4

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
12 p.m.: Miami vs. Princeton (doubles)
To Follow: Miami vs. Michigan (singles)