W. Tennis Tallies 6-1 Win at Virginia Tech
By Alex Schwartz
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team wrapped up the weekend in dominant fashion, posting a 6-1 victory over Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon at the Burows-Burleson Tennis Center.
No. 19 Miami (8-3, 2-2 ACC) locked up its fifth straight victory over the Hokies, improving to 21-1 in the all-time series.
“We played solid and handled some tough conditions very well,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Anytime you’re able to pick up an ACC win on the road, it’s a good day.”
Doubles action took exactly one hour to decide, as all three matches went to tiebreakers and each was decided by two points. The Hurricanes trailed, 5-6, on all three courts before taking two matches to earn the point.
Miami got on the board first, as freshman Daevenia Achong and senior Daniella Roldan regrouped from seeing their 5-2 lead turn into a 5-6 deficit, to claim the match 7-6 (7-5).
Virginia Tech (5-7, 1-4 ACC) leveled the doubles tally, as Sarah Baron and Samantha Gillas defeated junior Yuna Ito and freshman Lucia Marzal, 7-6 (7-5).
The Hurricanes then took the decisive match on Court 2 by the same score as the other two contests, 7-6 (7-5), with junior Estela Perez-Somarriba and sophomore Ulyana Shirokova edging Nika Kozar and Nina Sorkin.
Marzal picked up Miami’s first point in singles action, rolling to a 6-4, 6-0 victory against Pinto, to double the lead.
Kozar followed that by recording the only point of the day for the Hokies by defeating Roldan, 6-4, 6-3.
Seventh-ranked Perez-Somarriba moved Miami within a point of victory by recording her 11th straight triumph, as she moved to 10-0 in dual matches this season. The Madrid native logged a 6-4, 6-1 result to make it 3-1.
Moments later, Ito secured the overall win for the Hurricanes with a 6-1, 7-5 triumph over Sorkin.
The remaining two matches were played out, with Shirokova’s coming to an end first. The Ufa, Russia, native registered a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory against Gillas.
In the final match to conclude, Achong secured back-to-back tiebreakers over Elizabet Danailova, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3), as Miami collected its sixth point of the afternoon
The Hurricanes now have 11 days off before hosting a doubleheader March 15 against No. 44 Notre Dame and Boston University at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
1. Daevenia Achong/Daniella Roldan (UM) def. Natalie Novotna/Rita Pinto (VT), 7-6 (7-5)
2. Estela Perez-Somarriba/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Nika Kozar/Nina Sorkin (VT), 7-6 (7-5)
3. Sarah Baron/Samantha Gillas (VT) def. Yuna Ito/Lucia Marzal (UM), 7-6 (7-5)
1. No. 7 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Natalie Novotna (VT), 6-4, 6-1
2. Nika Kozar (VT) def. Daniella Roldan (UM), 6-4, 6-3
3. Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Elizabet Danailova (VT), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3)
4. Yuna Ito (UM) def. Nina Sorkin (VT), 6-1, 7-5
5. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Samantha Gillas (VT), 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
6. Lucia Marzal (UM) def. Rita Pinto (VT), 6-4, 6-0