Women's Tennis Begins Play at Bedford Cup
By Alex Schwartz
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team opened its second weekend of action Friday at the Bedford Cup.
Competing at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts, the Hurricanes went 4-2 in their six singles matches, with three of the wins coming in straight sets.
“It’s just nice to play a lot of matches in a hot environment,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Some need to get fitter and this will definitely help.”
The day begin with doubles play, in which Miami dropped both of its contests. Senior Sinead Lohan, in her first doubles action of the fall, and junior Ana Madcur fell to UCF’s Monica Matias and Natalia Serrano of UCF, 1-6.
In addition, after posting a 3-0 record last weekend, junior Daniella Roldan and freshman Ulyana Shirokova came up short against Florida State’s Gabriella Castaneda and Gabrielle Goldin, 3-6.
Following doubles, both of Miami’s top-15 singles players, eighth-ranked Lohan and No. 11 Estela Perez-Somarriba, a sophomore, won by identical 6-0, 6-2 scores. Lohan downed Arijana Korac of Stetson, while Perez-Somarriba defeated Maryna Veksler of FIU.
Madcur registered an impressive triumph against Castaneda in singles competition, coming out on top, 6-3, 6-3.
“Madcur had a nice win over Castaneda today,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She has been playing very disciplined tennis and the result showed that.”
Roldan also tallied a win for the Hurricanes, edging Stetson’s Vicky Geurinckx, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, in a lengthy match.
Shirokova fell to Emilia Granstrom of UCF, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, and sophomore Sara Culbertson dropped a 2-6, 3-6 final against Goldin.
Action is set to resume Saturday at 9 a.m., with the second round of doubles play. That will be followed by the last grouping of doubles matches and then the second round of singles competition.
Additional information on the Bedford Cup can be found on the official USTA tournament page HERE.
Doubles Competition – First Round
Flight 1: Monica Matias/Natalia Serrano (UCF) def. Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM), 1-6
Flight 2: Gabriella Castaneda/Gabrielle Goldin (FS) def. Daniella Roldan/Ulyana Shirokova (UM), 3-6
Singles Competition – First Round
Flight 1: No. 8 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Arijana Korac (STET), 6-0, 6-2
Flight 1: No. 11 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Maryna Veksler (FIU), 6-0, 6-2
Flight 2: Ana Madcur (UM) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FS), 6-3, 6-3
Flight 3: Daniella Roldan (UM) def. Vicky Geurinckx (STET), 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
Flight 4: Emilia Granstrom (UCF) def. Ulyana Shirokova (UM), 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
Flight 6: Gabrielle Goldin (FS) def. Sara Culbertson (UM), 6-2, 6-3
9 a.m.: Doubles Competition – Consolation Semifinals
Flight 1: Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM) vs. Irina Karangozishvili/Arijana Korac (STET)
Flight 2: Daniella Roldan/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) vs. Brooke Milner/Lucie Renault (STET)
Singles Competition – Semifinals
Flight 1: No. 8 Sinead Lohan (UM) vs. Natalia Serrano (UCF)
Flight 1: No. 11 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) vs. Rafaela Gomez (UNF)
Flight 2: Ana Madcur (UM) vs. Bridget Forster (FGCU)
Flight 3: Daniella Roldan (UM) vs. Ulyana Grib (FIU)
Singles Competition – Consolation Semifinals
Flight 4: Ulyana Shirokova (UM) vs. Nicole Dzenga (USF)
Flight 6: Sara Culbertson (UM) vs. Jemileth Aguilar (FAU)