W. Tennis Sweeps LIU Brooklyn, 4-0, in NCAA Round of 64
By Alex Schwartz
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team began NCAA Team Championship play Friday with a 4-0 win over LIU Brooklyn, its 14th straight shutout in the tournament’s opening round.
Both ranked and seeded No. 16, Miami (17-7, 11-3 ACC) earned its 17th consecutive berth in the Round of 32 with a dominant showing against the Blackbirds at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
“I was happy with what I saw today,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We were working on some things in both singles and doubles and I was happy with the way that they executed those things.”
The Hurricanes, making their 23rd straight NCAA Team Championship appearance, got on the board first in doubles. Sophomore Dominika Paterova and freshman Ulyana Shirokova notched a 6-2 triumph over Jennifer Gogova and Malin Leysen.
Miami’s No. 68-ranked pair of sophomore Estela Perez-Somarriba and junior Daniella Roldan clinched the doubles point by topping Anna Grigoryan and Ana Leonte, 6-2.
When play stopped, senior Sinead Lohan and junior Ana Madcur held a 4-2 edge on Sasha Bollweg and Jessica Brzozowska.
In a matchup of conference player of the year honorees, third-ranked Perez-Somarriba rolled past Grigoryan, 6-0, 6-1, to double Miami’s lead and improve to 25-1 this spring, including 22-1 at the No. 1 position.
Roldan tacked on the Hurricanes’ next point of the afternoon with an impressive 6-1, 6-2 triumph versus Bollweg.
Hours after walking at commencement and with her parents watching her play in-person in Coral Gables for the first time, No. 69 Lohan sealed the match for Miami by downing Brzozowska, 6-1, 6-1.
“I went to her graduation at 8:30 a.m. and then was able to celebrate a victory with her in the afternoon,” Yaroshuk-Tews said of the two-time ITA All-American. “Nice day for Sinead. She’s striking the ball well and competing hard, doing what she has done for us for many years.”
Paterova was just two games away from a victory of her own when play came to a halt, as she held a 6-2, 4-1 edge against Clemence Krug.
Madcur was also within two games of a win, as she led Leysen by a nearly identical score of 6-1, 4-1, after winning 10 of the last 11 completed games.
“I was really happy with Ana and her approach to her match today, her levels of energy and positivity,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I was very, very happy with where she was mentally in her match and that’s where she needs to be moving forward.”
In the other remaining contest, Shirokova had yet to complete a game in the second set after taking the first in a tiebreaker against Gogova, 7-6 (7-4).
Miami dropped only 17 games across the six singles matches, including just six in the three completed matches. The Hurricanes improved to 52-32 all-time in NCAA Team Championship play, including 24-1 at home, with the win over the Blackbirds.
Additionally, Friday’s victory was the 142nd shutout of Yaroshuk-Tews’ 17-year tenure at the helm of the Hurricanes, including the 85th since 2009.
Miami, seeking its 12th Sweet 16 trip in the past 13 seasons, will now take on No. 22 UCF Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Round of 32.
1. No. 68 Estela Perez-Somarriba/Daniella Roldan (UM) def. Anna Grigoryan/Ana Leonte (LIU), 6-2
2. Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM) vs. Sasha Bollweg/Jessica Brzozowska (LIU), 4-2, unf.
3. Dominika Paterova/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Jennifer Gogova/Malin Leysen (LIU), 6-2
1. No. 3 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Anna Grigoryan (LIU), 6-0, 6-1
2. No. 69 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Jessica Brzozowska (LIU), 6-1, 6-1
3. Daniella Roldan (UM) def. Sasha Bollweg (LIU), 6-1, 6-2
4. Ana Madcur (UM) vs. Malin Leysen (LIU), 6-1, 4-1, unf.
5. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) vs. Jennifer Gogova (LIU), 7-6 (7-4), unf.
6. Dominika Paterova (UM) vs. Clemence Krug (LIU), 6-2, 4-1, unf.