W. Tennis Logs 5-2 Victory over Baylor
By Alex Schwartz
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team got back to its winning ways Friday afternoon on its home court.
No. 17 Miami (5-1) tallied a 5-2 triumph over Baylor in its first dual match of the season at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
“I think we played pretty tough. Baylor has a way of trying to get you out of your game and making you feel a little bit uncomfortable,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We knew that going into the match and I think, for the most part, we handled it pretty well. I would’ve obviously liked to see different responses on certain courts, but overall, I think [we did] a pretty good job.”
The Hurricanes opened the day with a stellar showing in doubles competition. Playing together for the first time this spring, senior Ana Madcur and freshman Lucia Marzal got Miami on the board first with a 6-1 decision over Paula Barañano and Angie Shakhraichuk.
Freshman Daevenia Achong and junior Estela Perez-Somarriba followed that with a 6-1 victory against Livia Kraus and Dominika Sujova to clinch the doubles point.
When play stopped, senior Daniella Roldan and sophomore Ulyana Shirokova held a 4-3 lead over Jessica Hinojosa and Kristina Sorokolet.
Marzal got Miami off to a fast start in singles play, posting one of the most impressive performances of her young career. The Valencia, Spain, native tallied the first 6-0, 6-0 win by a Hurricane in the 2018-19 season, cruising past Barañano.
“We know that Lucia is a great tennis player and we know that she’s a great competitor,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “. . . Like I told her, to beat anybody zero and zero, you’re playing great tennis, you’re focused and your mind is where it needs to be. So, that’s what I’m happiest to see, that she went out there and she took care of a job handily. For us to have a successful season, we’re going to have to have her playing big tennis. So, hopefully that was a great start.”
Junior Yuna Ito logged Miami’s third point of the day after her opponent, Shakhraichuk, retired. The score was 2-6, 4-1 when the match ended.
In a top-60 affair, seventh-ranked Perez-Somarriba defeated No. 59 Kraus, 6-2, 6-1, to clinch the victory for Miami. The reigning ACC Player of the Year won 12 of the final 13 games after dropping the first two.
The remaining three matches were all played out, with Baylor claiming the first result, as No. 114 Sorokolet defeated Shirokova, 7-5, 6-2, after taking 12 of the last 15 games.
The Bears then tacked on their final point, as Hinojosa earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Achong. Miami then closed the day with a victory in the lone three-set match, as Girbau topped Sujova, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6).
Up next for the Hurricanes is another Big 12 opponent, as they host No. 20 Texas for a top-20 clash Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.
1. Daniella Roldan/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) vs. Jessica Hinojosa/Kristina Sorokolet (BU), 4-3, unf.
2. Daevenia Achong/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Livia Kraus/Dominika Sujova (BU), 6-1
3. Ana Madcur/Lucia Marzal (UM) def. Paula Barañano/Angie Shakhraichuk (BU), 6-1
1. No. 7 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. No. 59 Livia Kraus (BU), 6-2, 6-1
2. Jessica Hinojosa (BU) def. Daevenia Achong (UM), 6-4, 6-2
3. Yuna Ito (UM) def. Angie Shakhraichuk (BU), 2-6, 4-1, ret.
4. No. 114 Kristina Sorokolet (BU) def. Ulyana Shirokova (UM), 7-5, 6-2
5. Carla Girbau (UM) def. Dominika Sujova (BU), 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Lucia Marzal (UM) def. Paula Barañano (BU), 6-0, 6-0