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@CanesWTennis Rallies to Beat No. 46 Clemson, 4-3

@CanesWTennis Rallies to Beat No. 46 Clemson, 4-3

CORAL GABLES, Fla. The University of Miami women’s tennis team stormed back for a 4-3 win against No. 46 Clemson after dropping the first two points of the match Friday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

The win moved No. 45 Miami to 29-4 all-time against the Tigers, including 16-0 under head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. It w

“I don’t think we played exceptional tennis today, but we were a little more focused,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I told the girls that wins and losses and rankings don’t define you and that is how that they have to start thinking. We have to start playing with more character and more heart. They were able to do that today and we have got to continue to play better tennis.”

Clemson (9-11, 4-7 ACC) struck first in doubles, as No. 31 Ayan Broomfield and Marie-Alexandre Leduc topped junior Ana Madcur and freshman Estela Perez-Somarriba, 6-2.

The Tigers clinched the doubles point when Fernanda Navarro and Daniela Ruiz topped freshman Sara Culbertson and junior Silvia Fuentes, 6-4.

The final remaining match was left unfinished with Constanza Gorches and Sydney Riley leading junior Sinead Lohan and freshman Dominika Paterova, 5-3.

Navarro doubled the Tigers’ lead to open singles action, recording a 6-1, 6-2 win in her match against Fuentes.

Madcur got Miami (7-10, 5-6 ACC) on the board by registering an impressive 6-0, 6-3 win versus Gorches.

No. 34 Perez-Somarriba, playing in the No. 1 spot at home for the first time, evened the score after Leduc retired early in the second set with the Madrid native leading 7-6 (12-10), 1-0. In the opening set, Perez-Somarriba staved off eight set points, including four in a row while trailing 5-6 and three in the tiebreaker.

No. 13 Lohan gave Miami its first lead of the day by winning a top-100 showdown against No. 83 Broomfield, 6-1, 6-3, in a matchup of the last two ACC Freshman of the Year honorees.

“Lohan had that eye of the tiger that I had not seen in a while and that is where we need Sinead,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She can’t play any other way than fierce. She had it today. Her attitude was a little better and her body language was a little better, and what do you know.”

Paterova clinched the Hurricanes’ 17th consecutive triumph over the Tigers by downing Riley, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

The win by the Unhost, Czech Republic native marked the third time in the last four matches both she and her classmate, Perez-Somarriba, recorded victories.

“Domi and Stela have really been making strides forward,” Yaroshuk-Tews said of the freshman duo. “Stela [being able] to step out on court one as a freshman against an ACC opponent is big and to be able to get the job done is big. Her level of maturity is unbelievable. She had a great day today.

“Domi is learning how to compete. She is learning what this is all about,” Yaroshhuk-Tews continued. “She has also been making some strides forward, but we need to keep working that way.”

The final match of the day was played out and Culbertson dropped a 6-7 (3-7), 2-6 decision to Ruiz to cap the evening. For Miami, the victory was its second of the year with a 4-3 score.

The Hurricanes will play their last home match of the season Sunday at 10 a.m., when they meet Pittsburgh on senior day.

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. No. 31 Ayan Broomfield/Marie-Alexandre Leduc (CU) def. Ana Madcur/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM), 6-2
2. Constanza Gorches/Sydney Riley (CU) vs. Sinead Lohan/Dominika Paterova (UM), 5-3, unfinished
3. Fernanda Navarro/Daniela Ruiz (CU) def. Sara Culbertson/Silvia Fuentes (UM), 6-4

Singles Competition
1. No. 34 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Marie-Alexandre Leduc (CU), 7-6 (12-10), 1-0, retired
2. No. 13 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. No. 83 Ayan Broomfield (CU), 6-1, 6-3
3. Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Sydney Riley (CU), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
4. Fernanda Navarro (CU) def. Silvia Fuentes (UM), 6-1, 6-2
5. Ana Madcur (UM) def. Constanza Gorches (CU), 6-0, 6-3
6. Daniela Ruiz (CU) def. Sara Culbertson (UM), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2