@CanesWTennis Wraps up Wolverine Invitational Play
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team finished action Sunday at the Wolverine Invitational, held at Michigan’s Varsity Tennis Center.
Due to weather, all action was held indoors at the Preston Robert Tisch Building. Miami posted a 4-5 mark in singles—including sophomore Ana Madcur winning a 36-point first-set tiebreaker to help her to victory—and tallied a 2-2 record in doubles.
Overall, the Hurricanes finished the three-day event at 23-15, including 17-9 in singles competition, against players from Michigan, Princeton and Washington.
“We learned a lot about this team over the past three days,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “There are some very bright spots that are still a little raw. With continued work, we will be peaking at the appropriate time. I’m proud of our fight and our doubles mentality today.”
The Hurricanes split a quartet of doubles matches against pairs from Princeton. Junior Sinead Lohan and freshman Dominika Paterova notched a 6-3 victory against Caroline Joyce and Nicole Kalhorn, while Madcur and freshman Estela Perez-Somarriba topped Sara Goodwin and Clare McKee, 6-4.
Junior Silvia Fuentes and sophomore Clara Tanielian fell to Katrine Steffensen and Tiffany Chen, 0-6, and the duo of redshirt senior Maci Epstein and redshirt sophomore Yolimar Ogando dropped a 4-6 final to Sivan Krems and Gaby Pollner.
Prior to doubles competition, three Hurricanes faced off against Princeton players in singles, with all of them earning straight-set wins. Tanielian defeated McKee in outstanding fashion, not dropping a single game in the 6-0, 6-0 victory. Paterova notched a 6-1, 6-2 win over Goodwin in her match.
Madcur’s match was the most thrilling of the day, as the nation’s No. 117-ranked player showed impressive resolve to take down Pollner, 7-6 (19-17), 6-1.
“Madcur has been playing some amazing tennis lately,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Her tiebreaker was the longest I’ve ever seen. To come out on top and then be able to physically roll her opponent says a lot about her character.”
Miami also played a half-dozen singles matches against the homestanding Wolverines to cap the weekend. In the lone ranked matchup of the afternoon, fifth-ranked Lohan beat No. 41 Kate Fahey, 6-3, 6-2, to move to 8-1 on the fall, including 5-1 against ranked opponents.
Facing Brienne Minor, a 2016 ITA All-American ranked No. 11 in the country, Perez-Somarriba came up just short, but turned in a superb performance in a 5-7, 5-7 setback. Ogando, ranked No. 32, fell to Chiara Lommer, 4-6, 3-6.
Epstein won the first set against Alex Najarian, but dropped the match, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6. Fuentes finished on the short end of a 0-6, 1-6 result against Mira Rudor-Hook, while freshman Sara Culbertson was topped by Kara Hall, 1-6, 1-6.
The Hurricanes will be back in action Thursday through Monday at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regionals in Gainesville, Fla.
No. 5 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. No. 41 Kate Fahey(MICH), 6-3, 6-2
No. 11 Brienne Minor (MICH) def. Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM), 7-5, 7-5
Chiara Lommer (MICH) def. No. 32 Yolimar Ogando (UM), 6-4, 6-3
Alex Najarian (MICH) def. Maci Epstein (UM), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Mira Ruder-Hook (MICH) def. Silvia Fuentes (UM), 6-0, 6-1
Kara Hall (MICH) def. Sara Culbertson (UM), 6-1, 6-1
No. 117 Ana Madcur (UM) def. Gaby Pollner (PR), 7-6 (19-17), 6-1
Clara Tanielian (UM) def. Clare McKee (PR), 6-0, 6-0
Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Sara Goodwin (PR), 6-1, 6-2
Sinead Lohan/Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Caroline Joyce/Nicole Kalhorn (PR), 6-3
Tiffany Chen/ Katrine Steffensen (PR) def. Silvia Fuentes/Clara Tanielian (UM), 6-0
Sivan Krems/Gaby Pollner (PR) def. Maci Epstein/Yolimar Ogando (UM), 6-4
Ana Madcur/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Sara Goodwin/Clare McKee (PR), 6-4