W. Tennis Opens Play at ITA Hall of Fame Classic
By Alex Schwartz
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Two members of the University of Miami women’s tennis team, Nada Dimovska and Lucia Marzal, started action Friday at the ITA Hall of Fame Classic.
Marzal picked up a straight-set triumph to headline the results at William & Mary’s McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center.
“We have to keep driving the right plays in doubles and continue to improve our mindset for more points in a row,” Miami associate head coach Laura Vallverdu said. “Looking for a well put together day tomorrow from both players.”
The day started with a tightly-contested doubles match in which the Hurricanes came up just short. Dimovska and Marzal fell to William & Mary’s Natalia Perry and Mila Saric, 6-8.
In singles, Marzal, a sophomore from Valencia, Spain, edged VCU Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu’s in a first-set tiebreaker and a close second set for a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory.
Dimovksa’s tilt with VCU’s Luminita Tutunaru needed a 10-point tiebreaker to determine a winner, with the Miami freshman coming a few points shy of the win. Dimovska ended up dropping a 6-4, 4-6, 0-1 (7-10) result.
Action will resume Saturday at 9 a.m., with Marzal and Dimovska playing doubles against a duo from VCU. They will then take the court for singles matches against opponents from West Virginia at 1:30 p.m.
Natalia Perry/Mila Saric (WM) def. Nada Dimovska/Lucia Marzal (UM), 8-6
Luminita Tutunaru (VCU) def. Nada Dimovska (UM), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
Lucia Marzal (UM) def. Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu (VCU), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
9 a.m.: Nada Dimovska/Lucia Marzal (UM) vs. VCU pair
1:30 p.m.: Nada Dimovska (UM) vs. West Virginia player
1:30 p.m.: Lucia Marzal (UM) vs. West Virginia player