Lohan Makes Back Draw Final at National Indoors
FLUSHING, N.Y. – Sinead Lohan of the University of Miami women’s tennis team notched a pair of wins Saturday at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
With victories over No. 41 Kate Fahey of Michigan and Jessica Livianu of St. John’s, Lohan advanced to the championship match of the back draw at the prestigious tournament, held at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center.
“Sinead needs to continue to build a strong attitude and feel the momentum of matches to separate on the scoreboard,” Miami associate head coach Laura Vallverdu said. “Having fun through the tough times will make her the player she needs to be in order to reach the next level. If she does that, she will be successful tomorrow.”
Lohan began the day by earning her second win against Fahey in the last three weeks. After taking the first set, Lohan dropped the second without winning a game, but pulled through in the third to take the match, 6-3, 0-6, 6-3.
A junior from Waterford, Ireland, Lohan took on Livianu in the back draw semifinals and narrowly edged her in the first set, before dominating the second to earn a 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 victory.
With her two triumphs Saturday, Lohan is now 11-2 this fall, good for the most victories and the fewest defeats among Hurricanes.
Lohan will take on North Carolina’s Sara Daavettila, the nation’s top-ranked player in the ITA’s newcomer/freshman rankings, in the back draw final Sunday at 10 a.m. Entering the tournament, Lohan was seeded seventh in the main draw and Daavettila was sixth.
This is the second tournament-style event Lohan has played in this fall and she has reached the back draw finale in both.
At the elite Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in early October, Lohan downed second-ranked Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine in the back draw title match to earn an automatic berth in this weekend’s field.
All information on the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships can be found on the official event page HERE. Live stats for the tournament are available HERE, while FloTennis will have premium live video streaming HERE.
Singles Back Draw – Quarterfinals
No. 5  Sinead Lohan (UM) def. No. 41 Kate Fahey (MICH), 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
Singles Back Draw – Semifinals
No. 5  Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Jessica Livianu (STJ), 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
Singles Back Draw – Final
10 a.m.: No. 5  Sinead Lohan (UM) vs.  Sara Daavettila (NC)