Miami Wins Two Titles at Bedford Cup
By Alex Schwartz
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team wrapped up play at the Bedford Cup in impressive fashion Sunday.
The Hurricanes posted a 5-1 mark at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts for the second day in a row and picked up a pair of flight championships.
“It was just really nice to have the team on the road together as a unit, bonding, getting to know each other and getting to know the expectations and understand, really, the culture of the program,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Things are moving in the right direction.”
Originally scheduled to play each other the Flight 1 finale, senior Sinead Lohan and sophomore Estela Perez-Somarriba instead took on other opponents. Eighth-ranked Lohan topped North Florida’s Rafaela Gomez, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and No. 11 Perez-Somarriba beat UCF’s Natalia Serrano, 6-1, 6-1.
With the two Hurricanes both finishing the weekend 3-0, they were officially named Flight 1 co-champions, sharing the trophy.
“Solid showing this weekend from Stela and Sinead,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “It was good for them to get in some matches before they leave for [Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships] on Tuesday.”
Junior Ana Madcur won the Flight 2 title, as she too concluded the tournament with a 3-0 record by downing Monica Matias of UCF, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).
“Super happy with Ana Madcur and the level of tennis she is playing right now,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She is playing much more aggressive at the right moments, working really hard–which she’s always done–and just starting to play the big points really well and just winning the majority of the big points right now. So, she is just turning a huge corner right now. I’m so happy for her.”
Both freshman Ulyana Shirokova and sophomore Sara Culbertson upped their weekend marks to 2-1 by winning the consolation draws of their respective flights. Shirokova defeated FGCU’s Laura Falceto Font, 6-3, 6-2, and Culbertson posted a 6-2, 6-2 triumph against Alejandra Vidal of Bethune-Cookman.
Facing a player from outside her flight, junior Daniella Roldan dropped a 6-2, 2-6, 2-6 decision versus USF’s Nicole Dzenga.
Overall, Miami went 17-7 at the Bedford Cup, including an outstanding 14-4 in singles action. Five singles players posted winning records, as did one of the two doubles pairs.
Additional information on the Bedford Cup can be found on the official USTA tournament page HERE.
Singles Competition – Playoff
Flight 1: No. 8 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Rafaela Gomez (UNF), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Flight 1: No. 11 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Natalia Serrano (UCF), 6-1, 6-1
Singles Competition – Final
Flight 2: Ana Madcur (UM) def. Monica Matias (UCF), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
Singles Competition – Main Draw Consolation
Flight 3: Nicole Dzenga (USF) def. Daniella Roldan (UM), 6-2, 2-6, 2-6
Singles Competition – Consolation Final
Flight 4: Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Laura Falceto Font (FGCU), 6-3, 6-2
Flight 6: Sara Culbertson (UM) vs. Alejandra Vidal (BCU), 6-2, 6-2