W. Tennis Tops Virginia Tech, 5-1, to Reach ACC Semis
By Alex Schwartz
CARY, N.C. – The fourth-seeded University of Miami women’s tennis team defeated No. 13-seed Virginia Tech, 5-1, Friday in the ACC Championship quarterfinals at Cary Tennis Park.
With the triumph, No. 15 Miami (16-6, 11-3 ACC) won its seventh match in a row secured a 10th berth in the conference semifinals since joining the ACC in 2005.
“I was happy with their composure. I thought we fought really hard against a good Virginia Tech team,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “That team was hot. That team is, hands down, playing 50 percent better than they were when we saw them two weeks ago. I think we did a great job, stayed calm and played hard. So, all in all, happy to get our feet wet in the ACC tournament.”
Virginia Tech (14-12, 3-11 ACC) won the opening doubles match, as Nika Kozar and Nina Sorkin logged a 6-1 victory over sophomore Dominika Paterova and freshman Ulyana Shirokova. Miami, though, did not lose a game on either court the rest of the way.
The No. 79-ranked pair of sophomore Estela Perez-Somarriba and junior Daniella Roldan took the last six games of their match to top Caroline Daxhelet and Natalie Novotna, 6-1.
Senior Sinead Lohan and junior Ana Madcur won the final five games of their contest against Sarah Baron and Katherine Butler to post a 6-3 victory and give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.
“I think that Siny and Ana stepped up at the right time. They cut down the unforced errors,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “[Associate head coach Laura Vallverdu] put in some formations that were effective and they were able to execute. Court one was just dominant, doing what we need to do. When [Daniella and Estela] are both playing a certain style of tennis, they complement each other really well. They got off to a little bit of a slow start in the first game, but I think from that point forward, they were in complete control.”
The Hokies began singles play by evening the score, as Kozar registered a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Madcur.
No. 64 Lohan put the Hurricanes back in front with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Daxhelet and third-ranked Perez-Somarriba made it a 3-1 margin moments later. The Madrid native moved to 12-1 versus top-90 players this spring by downing No. 71 Novotna, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Roldan sealed the match for Miami, recording a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 comeback decision over Elena Cerezo-Codina.
“Roldan played an amazing singles match. [Cerezo-Codina is] a good player she [works really hard] out on the court,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She was forcing Dani to hit one more ball. For Dani to be playing as aggressively today with the amount of composure she had, I think shows how far she has come and I’m really happy with her tennis today.”
With simultaneous match points being played at the same time, Shirokova also earned a win, defeating Butler, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, to give the Hurricanes five points in an ACC Championship match for the first time.
When play was halted, Paterova was also one game away from victory, as she held a 6-4, 6-5 lead on Sorkin.
Miami is now 17-12 all-time in ACC Championship play, including 16-10 at Cary Tennis Park, 7-2 as the fourth seed and 1-0 against Virginia Tech.
The Hurricanes will now take on top-seeded and third-ranked Duke Saturday at 10 a.m. in their third straight semifinal appearance, live on ACC Network Extra.
1. No. 79 Estela Perez-Somarriba/Daniella Roldan (UM) def. Caroline Daxhelet/Nataline Novotna (VT), 6-1
2. Nika Kozar/Nina Sorkin (VT) def. Dominika Paterova/Ulyana Shirokova (UM), 6-1
3. Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM) def. Sarah Baron/Katherine Butler (VT), 6-3
1. No. 3 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. No. 71 Natalie Novotna (VT), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2. No. 64 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Caroline Daxhelet (VT), 6-4, 6-3
3. Daniella Roldan (UM) def. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Nika Kozar (VT) def. Ana Madcur (UM), 6-1, 6-0
5. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Katherine Butler (VT), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
6. Dominika Paterova (UM) vs. Nina Sorkin (VT), 6-4, 6-5, unf.