W. Tennis Falls at No. 12 NC State
By Alex Schwartz
RALEIGH, N.C. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision Friday evening at No. 12 NC State.
After narrowly dropping the doubles point, No. 25 Miami (11-4, 4-3 ACC) tallied four first-set wins in singles at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, but closed out just one of them and fell to the Wolfpack for the first time.
“NC State was simply the better team today,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “They played tougher in big moments and didn’t give up their baseline. We fought hard, but we just couldn’t get it done.”
Miami got on the board first in doubles, as junior Estela Perez-Somarriba and sophomore Ulyana Shirokova registered a 6-2 win over Bianca Moldovan and Liz Norman.
NC State (16-3, 6-1 ACC) countered with a 6-3 victory by ninth-ranked Anna Rogers and Alana Smith over the No. 34-ranked pair of freshman Daevenia Achong and senior Danielle Roldan.
The focus then turned to Court 3, where Adriana Reami and Claudia Witorkin completed a 7-5 decision over junior Yuna Ito and freshman Lucia Marzal to put the Wolfpack on top early.
No. 116 Reami opened singles action by doubling NC State’s advantage with a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Ito.
Shirokova then recorded the Hurricanes’ lone point of the day by notching a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 triumph over Norman.
Moments later, Amanda Rebol closed out a 7-6 (7-3) win against senior Ana Madcur to give the Wolfpack a 3-1 edge.
Moldovan sealed the decision by tallying a comeback victory against Marzal, as she logged a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 result.
Achong put fourth an impressive effort in her matchup with No. 70 Smith, but eventually dropped a third-set tiebreaker. The Geleen, Netherlands, native came up just short in a 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (2-7) decision.
In the final contest to conclude, second-ranked Perez-Somarriba, who had not lost a set since Jan. 12, fell to No. 31 Rogers, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 3-6.
For the Madrid native, who had 5-4 and 6-5 leads in the second set, it was her first regular season dual match defeat since March 23, 2018. It was also her first loss when taking the opening set since Oct. 5, 2017 and first such defeat in a dual match since March 26, 2017.
Miami resumes play Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C., where it squares off with top-ranked North Carolina at 11 a.m.
1. No. 9 Anna Rogers/Alana Smith (ST) def. No. 34 Daevenia Achong/Daniella Roldan (UM), 6-3
2. Estela Perez-Somarriba/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Bianca Moldovan/Liz Norman (ST), 6-2
3. Adriana Reami/Claudia Witorkin (ST) def. Yuna Ito/Lucia Marzal (UM), 7-5
1. No. 31 Anna Rogers (ST) def. No. 2 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
2. No. 70 Alana Smith (ST) def. Daevenia Achong (UM), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
3. No. 116 Adriana Reami (ST) def. Yuna Ito (UM), 6-1, 6-4
4. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Liz Norman (ST), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
5. Bianca Moldovan (ST) def. Lucia Marzal (UM), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Amanda Rebol (ST) def. Ana Madcur (UM), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3