W. Tennis Ends Regular Season with 6-1 Win at Notre Dame
By Alex Schwartz
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team wrapped up the regular season with its sixth straight victory Sunday afternoon at Notre Dame.
No. 17 Miami (15-6, 11-3 ACC) recorded a 6-1 triumph at the Courtney Tennis Complex to earn its second road defeat of the Fighting Irish in seven opportunities. It marked the fourth time this season, including the third in the past five outings, the Hurricanes notched at least six points.
“We played Miami tennis today. I’m proud of how these ladies finished out the regular season,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We were really doing some good things on a lot of courts, so it was fun. I’m excited to get home and have a few days to get focused on our next step.”
Sophomore Dominika Paterova and freshman Ulyana Shirokova, ranked No. 85, got Miami off to a strong start in doubles by posting a 6-2 victory over Ally Bojczuk and Rachel Chong.
The No. 81-ranked pair of senior Sinead Lohan and junior Ana Madcur clinched the doubles point for the Hurricanes by downing Allison Miller and Bess Waldram, 6-4.
Notre Dame (11-14, 2-12 ACC) held the lead in the unfinished match, as Brooke Broda and Zoe Spence were up, 5-4, on sophomore Estela Perez-Somarriba and junior Daniella Roldan, ranked No. 78.
Roldan was the first Hurricane to post a win in singles play, tallying an impressive 6-4, 6-2 decision over Spence for a fifth consecutive victory to cap the regular season.
Third-ranked Perez-Somarriba registered Miami’s third point with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Miller. The triumph upped her final regular season singles mark to 22-1, including 19-1 at the No. 1 spot and 13-1 in ACC play.
Shirokova clinched the Hurricanes’ victory by downing Chong, 6-4, 6-4, to end her first collegiate regular season at 16-5 in singles action, including 9-4 in ACC matches.
No. 57 Lohan, in her final regular season match, tallied a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Broda. The Waterford, Ireland, native improved her winning streak to five and will head into the postseason with a 17-5 singles mark.
Paterova made it six victories in a row to finish the regular season with a comeback triumph against Caroline Dunleavy, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6).
Notre Dame’s lone win came by the narrowest of margins, as Bojczuk defeated Madcur, 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9), to finish the day.
With the victory, the Hurricanes regained the lead in their all-time series with the Fighting Irish. Miami is now 12-11 in the 23 meetings, including 8-1 in the past nine. The victory also gave Miami 11 wins in conference play for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
Miami opens postseason play Friday at the ACC Championship in Cary, N.C. The Hurricanes, who will be the third or fourth seed, earned a double-bye into the quarterfinals.
1. Brooke Broda/Zoe Spence (ND) vs. No. 78 Estela Perez-Somarriba/Daniella Roldan (UM), 5-4, unf.
2. No. 81 Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM) def. Allison Miller/Bess Waldram (ND), 6-4
3. No. 85 Dominika Paterova/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Ally Bojczuk/Rachel Chong (ND), 6-2
1. No. 3 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Allison Miller (ND), 6-2, 6-1
2. No. 57 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Brooke Broda (ND), 6-4, 6-1
3. Daniella Roldan (UM) def. Zoe Spence (ND), 6-4, 6-2
4. Ally Bojczuk (ND) def. Ana Madcur (UM), 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9)
5. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Rachel Chong (ND), 6-4, 6-4
6. Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Caroline Dunleavy (ND), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)