Epstein Advances to ITA SE Regional Quarterfinals
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Redshirt senior Maci Epstein of the University of Miami women’s tennis team earned two wins Saturday at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships Presented by Oracle to make the main draw quarterfinals.
“Epstein played a tough match today against a player that she lost to a few weeks ago,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “This is where we want to be winning matches–in the big moments.”
In the lone doubles match of the day, junior Sinead Lohan and freshman Dominika Paterova met Anna Danilina and Spencer Liang of Florida in the main draw quarterfinals. Miami’s pair, seeded seventh, dropped a 5-8 decision to Florida’s duo, seeded third and ranked No. 37.
“Doubles looked better today, but we still have a ways to go,” Yaroshuk-Tews said.
Redshirt sophomore Yolimar Ogando, ranked No. 32 and seeded No. 5-8, and Epstein, seeded No. 9-16, both won their second round singles main draw matches. Ogando topped FIU’s Ulyana Grib, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5), and Epstein beat Andrea Garcia of Florida State, 6-3, 6-1.
Miami’s other four players who reached round two of the singles main draw all fell. Paterova, facing Florida’s Liang again, came up short, 2-6, 6-4, 1-6. Mariana Gould of Georgia, seeded No. 9-16, picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over freshman Sara Culbertson.
Freshman Estela Perez-Somarriba was defeated by Andrea Lazaro of FIU, 3-6, 3-6, and sophomore Ana Madcur, ranked No. 117 and seeded No. 9-16, had her nine-match winning streak snapped with a 3-6, 4-6 setback against Georgia’s Marta Gonzalez.
Ogando dropped her Round of 16 match to Georgia’s Eleni Christofi, seeded No. 9-16, in straight sets, 3-6, 4-6. Epstein, however, continued her strong showing by topping FIU’s Mina Markovic in comeback fashion, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals. She is set to play No. 77 Rasheeda McAdoo of Georgia Tech, seeded No. 9-16, Sunday.
In the opening round of singles back draw play, Fuentes cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win versus Anastasia Grosheva of Georgia State, while Tanielian had a bye.
Both players also earned victories in their Round of 16 matches. Fuentes downed FIU’s Nina Nagode, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8), and Tanielian earned a stellar 6-1, 6-0 victory against Juliana Cardoso of USF.
Sunday, in the quarterfinals, Fuentes takes on Kristin Rehse of Georgia State and Tanielian meets Georgia Tech’s Kenya Jones. Action is set to begin Sunday at 9 a.m.
“I’m looking forward to a fun day of tennis tomorrow,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We have the talent. Talent definitely needs to learn how far passion, desire and toughness goes in college.”
Singles Main Draw – Round of 32
No. 32 [5-8] Yolimar Ogando (UM) def. Ulyana Grib (FIU), 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
Spencer Liang (UF) def. Dominika Paterova (UM), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
[9-16] Mariana Gould (GA) def. Sara Culbertson (UM), 6-3, 6-2
[9-16] Maci Epstein (UM) def. Andrea Garcia (FS), 6-3, 6-1
Andrea Lazaro (FIU) def. Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM), 6-3, 6-3
Marta Gonzalez (GA) def. No. 117 [9-16] Ana Madcur (UM), 6-3, 6-4
Singles Main Draw – Quarterfinals
[9-16] Maci Epstein (UM) vs. No. 77 [9-16] Rasheeda McAdoo (GT)