W. Tennis Falls, 4-3, at No. 41 Boston College
By Alex Schwartz
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision Friday evening at No. 41 Boston College.
In a match that featured three ties and came to down a decisive contest, No. 27 Miami (13-6, 6-5 ACC) wound up one point short at the Flynn Recreation Complex.
Boston College (14-7, 4-7 ACC) logged the first doubles win, as Jackie Urbinati and Kyle Wilcox topped Miami’s No. 17-ranked pair of freshman Daevenia Achong and senior Daniella Roldan, 6-2.
Junior Estela Perez-Somarriba and sophomore Ulyana Shirokova posted a 6-2 triumph over Laura Lopez and Elene Tsokilauri to level the tally.
Natasha Irani and Yufei Long clinched the opening point for the Eagles by defeating junior Yuna Ito and senior Ana Madcur, 6-2.
Ito quickly rebounded to post an impressive victory in singles play, evening the score with a 6-0, 6-3 result against Urbinati. The Kanagawa, Japan, native now has seven consecutive wins over unranked foes and is 6-1 in her past seven outings.
In the lone ranked singles matchup, second-ranked Perez-Somarriba earned a three-set victory over No. 70 Long, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, to put Miami in front. She is now 10-3 against ranked opponents this spring with eight top-75 triumphs.
No. 91 Wilcox knotted the score at two, as she staved off a comeback bid by Achong. The former dropped the first set and faced both 2-5 and 5-6 deficits in the third set, before dropping a 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7-4) decision.
Minutes later, Irani also finished off a tiebreaker to take her match, logging a 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) win over Marzal to give Boston College a 3-2 advantage.
The other two matches were not yet close to completion, as they did not begin until courts became available. Shirokova trailed Tsokilauri, 5-7, 3-0, and Madcur faced an early 1-2 deficit against Lopez.
Shirokova completed the comeback, rallying for a 5-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory to deadlock the score with one match left. Madcur led, 5-4, in the second set after dropping the first, 1-6, when all eyes turned to her court.
Lopez, however, took each of the final three games, including notching a pair of breaks, to record a 6-1, 7-5 decision and give the Eagles their second-ever win against Miami.
The Hurricanes now head to Syracuse, N.Y., where they will play their final regular season road match Sunday at 11 a.m. against No. 31 Syracuse.
1. Jackie Urbinati/Kylie Wilcox (BC) def. No. 17 Daevenia Achong/Daniella Roldan (UM), 6-2
2. Estela Perez-Somarriba/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Laura Lopez/Elene Tsokilauri (BC), 6-2
3. Natasha Irani/Yufei Long (BC) def. Yuna Ito/Ana Madcur (UM), 6-2
1. No. 2 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. No. 70 Yufei Long (BC), 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
2. No. 91 Kylie Wilcox (BC) def. Daevenia Achong (UM), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Yuna Ito (UM) def. Jackie Urbinati (BC), 6-0, 6-3
4. Natasha Irani (BC) def. Lucia Marzal (UM), 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
5. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Elene Tsokilauri (BC), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
6. Laura Lopez (BC) def. Ana Madcur (UM), 6-1, 7-5