W. Tennis Shuts out Longwood, 4-0
By Alex Schwartz
ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team needed under 90 minutes to defeat Longwood, 4-0, Friday morning at the USTA National Campus.
In the two completed doubles matches and three completed singles matches, No. 42 Miami (6-3, 2-0 ACC) dropped just five total games against the Lancers.
“I think we looked good. It was good to get out in the weather and get acclimated,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said of the team’s first match of the day. “I definitely think at a couple positions we need to raise the level, but overall, I think we’re striking the ball pretty well.”
In their first match together this spring, senior Sinead Lohan and junior Ana Madcur got Miami off to a stellar start with a quick 6-0 triumph over Julia Candiotto and Tanja Skalda.
Sophomore Dominika Paterova and freshman Ulyana Shirokova clinched the doubles point by posting a 6-1 victory against the Longwood (4-3, 2-0 BSO) duo of Yulia Almiron and Kaori Terunuma.
Sophomore Estela Perez-Somarriba and junior Daniella Roldan held a 5-1 edge versus Jamie Breunig and Marija Venta when play stopped.
Shirokova opened singles play in dominant fashion, winning all 12 games against Candiotto and recording a 6-0, 6-0 victory in fewer than 35 minutes.
“I think Uly has been doing an exceptional job down low. I think she understands her role moving forward, not just tonight, but into the season,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She needs to play disciplined, efficient tennis and define her style. She has been doing a better job of that lately. Sometimes when you play down low, you see slower balls and see different styles. We need to keep playing aggressively and she has been doing that. So, I’m happy with her.”
No. 18 Perez-Somarriba lost just one game in her match with Venta, tallying a 6-1, 6-0 triumph to move to 11-0 on the spring.
No. 108 Lohan sealed the result for the Hurricanes by registering an impressive 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Almiron.
When play was halted, Roldan was just one game away from victory, as she was ahead of Terunuma, 6-0, 5-1.
Longwood had the advantage in the other two unfinished matches. Breunig was up, 6-4, on Madcur, while Skalda led freshman Pamela Richter, 6-4, 0-2, in the latter’s dual match debut for Miami.
The shutout win was the 139th of Yaroshuk-Tews’ 17-year tenure at the helm of the Hurricanes, including the 82nd since 2009.
Miami will play its second match of the day at 6 p.m., when it returns to the USTA National Campus to take on No. 16 Florida State.
1. Estela Perez-Somarriba/Daniella Roldan (UM) vs. Jamie Breunig/Marija Venta (LW), 5-1, unf.
2. Dominika Paterova/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Yulia Almiron/Kaori Terunuma (LW), 6-1
3. Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM) def. Julia Candiotto/Tanja Skalda (LW), 6-0
1. No. 18 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Marija Venta (LW), 6-1, 6-0
2. No. 108 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Yulia Almiron (LW), 6-2, 6-1
3. Jamie Breunig (LW) vs. Ana Madcur (UM), 6-4, unf.
4. Daniella Roldan (UM) vs. Kaori Terunuma (LW), 6-0, 5-1, unf.
5. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Jamie Candiotto (LW), 6-0, 6-0
6. Tanja Skalda (LW) vs. Pamela Richter (UM), 6-4, 0-2, unf.