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Miami Tops UL, Yaroshuk-Tews Takes 5th on ACC List

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The University of Miami women’s tennis team recorded a 5-2 victory at Louisville Friday evening, giving head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews another milestone win in her illustrious career.

No. 42 Miami earned the opening four points at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Complex to give Yaroshuk-Tews her 261st triumph in 13 years in the ACC, good for sole possession of fifth place on the conference’s all-time list.

“We competed better today,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “This team has endured a lot lately and we need to continue moving forward, one step in front of the other, and continue fighting.”

Miami (6-9, 4-5 ACC) opened the match with an impressive performance in doubles competition. Freshman Sara Culbertson and junior Silvia Fuentes got on the board first with a 6-3 win over Olivia Boesing and Jessie Paul.

Redshirt senior Maci Epstein and freshman Dominika Paterova then clinched the point for the second match in a row by downing Mariana Humberg and Abbie Pahz, 6-3.

Junior Sinead Lohan, making her return to the court after missing the last three matches, and freshman Estela Perez-Somarriba held a 5-4 advantage versus Ariana Rodriguez and Elle Stokes when play was halted.

No. 42 Perez-Somarriba cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 triumph against Aleksandra Mally to notch the first point in singles action, doubling Miami’s lead.

No. 14 Lohan then defeated Stokes by an identical 6-2, 6-0 score, taking each of the final 12 games of the match after dropping the first two.

Culbertson clinched the Hurricanes’ victory over Louisville (13-8, 2-7 ACC) by registering a 6-4, 6-1 win over Boesing.

“We have a goal in mind,” Yaroshuk-Tews said, “and today was one small step towards that.”

Humberg earned the Cardinals’ first point of the day with a narrow victory over Paterova, as she picked up a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4) triumph. Tiffany Huber tallied their second point by topping Epstein, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).

Fuentes capped the day by edging Pahz in comeback fashion, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-5), giving Miami its fifth and final point.

Yaroshuk-Tews is now 312-100 (.757) in her 16-year coaching career, including 261-82 (.761) since Miami joined the ACC prior to the 2004-05 season. The Hurricanes’ victory over Louisville broke Yaroshuk-Tews’ fifth-place tie on the ACC career wins list with Phil Rogers, who led Virginia for 23 years.

“It’s been a fun ride,” Yaroshuk-Tews said of her milestone win. “I’ve been lucky to have coached some pretty amazing athletes.”

Miami is set to return to the court Sunday at 11 a.m., in Syracuse, N.Y., where it will take on Syracuse at Drumlins Tennis Club.

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

RESULTS

Doubles Competition
1. Maci Epstein/Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Mariana Humberg/Abbie Pahz (UL), 6-3
2. Sinead Lohan/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) vs. Ariana Rodriguez/Elle Stokes (UL), 5-4, unfinished
3. Sara Culbertson/Silvia Fuentes (UM) def. Olivia Boesing/Jessie Paul (UL), 6-3

Singles Competition
1. No. 42 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Aleksandra Mally (UL), 6-2, 6-0
2. No. 14 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Elle Stokes (UL), 6-2, 6-0
3. Mariana Humberg (UL) def. Dominika Paterova (UM), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4)
4. Silvia Fuentes (UM) def. Abbie Pahz (UL), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-5)
5. Tiffany Huber (UL) def. Maci Epstein (UM), 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Sara Culbertson (UM) def. Olivia Boesing (UL), 6-4, 6-1