Rain Disrupts First Day of Miami Fall Invite
By Alex Schwartz
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami, Auburn, FGCU and Pittsburgh competed, but rain was the victor on the opening day of the Miami Fall Invite.
After heavy showers fell for several minutes during warmups, the start time of the University of Miami women’s tennis team’s first action of the fall was pushed back two hours from 9 a.m., to 11 a.m.
Approximately a half-hour after play began, the lightning warning sounded and the courts were cleared. Another major rainstorm came through shortly thereafter, wiping out action for the remainder of the day.
Of the seven doubles matches taking place, only two were completed. In the one involving Miami, sophomores Sara Culbertson and Sharon Danquah, the latter making her team debut, fell to Pittsburgh’s Claudia Bartolomé and Callie Frey, 6-2.
Junior Ana Madcur and sophomore Estela Perez-Somarriba held a 5-2 edge on Pittsburgh’s Jovana Knezevic and Gabriela Rezende when play was halted.
Additionally, junior Daniella Roldan and freshman Ulyana Shirokova, both in their first action as Hurricanes, led the Panthers’ Camila Moreno and Luisa Varon, 5-4.
The updated schedule for Saturday still features a 9 a.m., start time, now with the incomplete doubles matches coming first. Miami will then take on FGCU in doubles while Auburn faces Pittsburgh.
Following the conclusion of all the doubles matches, the Hurricanes are set to square off against the Tigers in singles and the Eagles will meet the Panthers.
Ana Madcur/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) vs. Jovana Knezevic/Gabriela Rezende (UP), 5-2, unfinished
Daniella Roldan/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) vs. Camila Moreno/Luisa Varon (UP), 5-4, unfinished
Claudia Bartolomé/Callie Frey (UP) def. Sara Culbertson/Sharon Danquah (UM), 6-2
Jaeda Daniel/Alizee Michaud (AU) def. Bridget Forster/Maja Ornberg (FGCU), 6-1
Alannah Griffin/Madeline Meredith (AU) vs. Julia Ascua/Madison Gallegos (FGCU), 5-3, unfinished
Laura Falceto Font/Patricia Villar (FGCU) vs. Mary Katherine Lewis/Caroline Turner (AU), 3-2, unfinished
Sofia Blanno/Sofia Perez (FGCU) vs. Clara Lucas/Natsumi Okamoto (UP), 5-2, unfinished
9 a.m.: Completion of Friday’s doubles matches
As available, Doubles: Miami vs. FGCU (1-4) and Auburn vs. Pittsburgh (5-8)
As available, Singles: Miami vs. Auburn (1-4) and FGCU vs. Pittsburgh (5-8)