W. Tennis Blanks Louisville, 7-0
By Alex Schwartz
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team rolled to a 7-0 win over Louisville Thursday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
The shutout was the fourth of the season for No. 25 Miami (15-6, 8-5 ACC), including the first in conference play.
“They’ve just been showing a lot of poise,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said of her team. “Louisville, I think they can dictate really well at some positions and they can make you uncomfortable. Our girls were able to adjust and were able to figure it out when they were down on a few courts, [as well as] keep their poise and not get unhinged. That’s something we’ve been working on, so I like that.”
Junior Estela Perez-Somarriba and sophomore Ulyana Shirokova earned the first win in doubles play, tallying a 6-3 result over Chloe Hamlin and Sena Suswam.
Freshman Daevenia Achong and senior Daniella Roldan rallied back from 1-3 and 3-4 deficits against Dina Chaika and Raven Neely to clinch the doubles point, as the No. 20-ranked duo recorded a 6-4 win.
When play was halted, junior Yuna Ito and senior Ana Madcur were in a 4-4 deadlock with Aleksandra Mally and Diana Wong.
As she did in doubles, Shirokova registered the first decision in singles action, posting a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Hamlin to double Miami’s edge.
Just minutes later, Madcur improved Miami’s lead over Louisville (10-13, 2-11 ACC) to 3-0 with an impressive 6-2, 6-0 triumph against Chaika.
Freshman Lucia Marzal clinched the Hurricanes’ win by defeating Wong, 6-2, 6-4. Within moments, Ito tacked on the team’s fifth point by topping Mally, 6-3, 6-1.
Not long after, second-ranked Perez-Somarriba added to the margin with a 6-4, 6-4 result against Neely. The reigning ACC Player of the Year trailed 0-2 and 1-4 in the first set, as well as 0-3 and 3-4 in the second set, en route to her 20th triumph of the spring.
In the lone three-set match of the day, Achong dominated the finale and earned a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win over Suswam to finish off the sweep
“We’re focusing on it being a team effort and everybody doing things the right way,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Coming off of the win on Sunday [at No. 30 Syracuse], I said that I really thought that they were showing better signs, just in terms of being a little tougher—mentally tougher, physically tougher and handling tough situations. I think they did it Sunday and I think they came out today, on some courts, and handled tough situations [yet again]. Good team effort.”
For Yaroshuk-Tews, the shutout win was the 146th of her illustrious 18-year head coaching career, including the 89th in the past 11 seasons.
With the win Thursday, the Hurricanes remained undefeated all-time against Louisville, now holding a 5-0 record and a 30-5 scoring margin.
Next up for Miami is its regular season finale and senior day match, set for Saturday at noon against No. 19 Virginia.
1. No. 20 Daevenia Achong/Daniella Roldan (UM) def. Dina Chaika/Raven Neely (UL), 6-4
2. Estela Perez-Somarriba/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Chloe Hamlin/Sena Suswam (UL), 6-3
3. Yuna Ito/Ana Madcur (UM) vs. Aleksandra Mally/Diana Wong (UL), 4-4, unf.
1. No. 2 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Raven Neely (UL), 6-4, 6-4
2. Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Sena Suswam (UL), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
3. Yuna Ito (UM) def. Aleksandra Mally (UL), 6-3, 6-1
4. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Chloe Hamlin (UL), 6-2, 6-1
5. Lucia Marzal (UM) def. Diana Wong (UL), 6-2, 6-4
6. Ana Madcur (UM) def. Dina Chaika (UL), 6-2, 6-0