@CanesWTennis Storms Past Virginia Tech, 5-2
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The University of Miami picked up a dominant 5-2 road win over Virginia Tech to open a doubleheader Friday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
Following a weather delay of approximately one hour and 35 minutes, No. 39 Miami wasted no time in earning a fifth victory in its past six matches to move to 18-1 all-time against the Hokies.
“We knew what to expect going in against Virginia Tech, in terms of strength at certain positions. Our team played alert and tough today, especially when the match went inside,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I’m very proud of our play at the top today; we have started to step it up. [Ana] Madcur is also playing some exceptional tennis and we are looking forward to that continuing.”
The Hurricanes opened the match by winning both completed doubles matches. Sophomore Ana Madcur and freshman Estela Perez-Somarriba made quick work of Elena Cerezo-Codina and Natalie Novotna, posting a 6-1 victory.
No. 38 Perez-Somarriba got Miami (9-10, 7-6 ACC) on the board first in singles with an impressive victory over No. 84 Novotna in a top-100 showdown, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 triumph after taking the first 11 games.
The Hurricanes picked up their second consecutive 6-0, 6-1 win to open singles competition, as Madcur eased past Disbergen to make it 3-0.
A week removed from being named ACC Player of the Week, No. 17 Lohan took down No. 102 Fusinato, 6-3, 6-3, clinching the match for Miami. The triumph served as the 50th of her career over a ranked singles player, as well as her 30th ACC win.
As play continued, redshirt senior Maci Epstein dropped her match against Nandakumar, 6-7 (1-7), 2-6, giving Virginia Tech (11-11, 4-9 ACC) its first point.
After falling in the opening set against Cerezo-Codina, 4-6, Paterova battled her way back to take the second set 6-1. In the third set, the Unhost, Czech Republic, native trailed, 1-4, before Cerezo-Codina retired from the match.
In the final contest of the evening, Fuentes came up short in a three-set decision against Daxhelet, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 0-1 (3-10).
The Hurricanes will be back in action for the second half of Friday’s doubleheader when they return to the courts to take on Longwood.
1. No. 61 Caroline Daxhelet/Francesca Fusinato (VT) vs. Sinead Lohan/Dominika Paterova (UM), 5-4, unfinished
2. Ana Madcur/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Elena Cerezo-Codina/Natalie Novotna (VT), 6-1
3. Sara Culbertson/Silvia Fuentes (UM) def. Shene Disbergen/Sansitha Nandakumar (VT), 6-2
1. No. 17 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. No. 102 Francesca Fusinato (VT), 6-3, 6-3
2. No. 38 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. No. 84 Natalie Novotna (VT), 6-0, 6-1
3. Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT), 4-6, 6-1, 1-4, retired
4. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) def. Silvia Fuentes (UM), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)
5. Ana Madcur (UM) def. Shene Disbergen (VT), 6-0, 6-1
6. Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) def. Maci Epstein (UM), 7-6 (7-1), 6-2