W. Tennis Begins Play at ITA Southeast Regionals
By Alex Schwartz
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team opened play Friday at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships.
The Hurricanes’ four competitors each played one doubles match to begin the day and then two singles matches. As a whole, Miami went 5-5 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, including 3-5 in singles action.
Both Miami duos won their doubles matches to start the tournament. The fourth-seeded pair of sophomore Daevenia Achong and freshman Selma Cadar downed Courville and Maeva Roquebert of Mercer, 8-3.
Meanwhile, freshman Nada Dimovska and senior Yuna Ito edged eighth-seeded McCartney Kessler and Marlee Zein of Florida, 8-5.
Three of the Hurricanes four competitors then won their first-round match in singles play. Achong, ranked No. 80 and seeded No. 10, took a three-set decision over Florida Atlantic’s Louie McLelland, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.
Dimovska also went three sets in her match, a narrow 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback triumph over Nandini Sharma of UCF. In a matchup of ACC foes, Ito defeated Georgia Tech’s Nami Otsuka, 6-3, 6-3.
Cadar, facing a fellow ACC freshman on the latter’s home court, came up short against Florida Sate’s Mira Stegmann, 4-6, 1-6.
All four Hurricanes then lost in their second outing of the day. In the main draw, Achong dropped a 1-6, 4-6 decision to FIU’s Komola Umarova, while Dimovska fell to Kessler, ranked No. 23 and seeded second, 0-6, 3-6.
Also in main draw play, Ito, facing UCF’s Marie Mattel, seeded No. 16, wound up on the short side of a 1-6, 2-6 result. In consolation action, Cadar fell to Rebeka Stolmar of UCF, 3-6, 5-7.
Both Miami doubles pairs will continue play Saturday at 2 p.m.. Achong and Cadar are set to take on Florida Atlantic’s Radka Buzkova and May Kimhi, while Dimovska and Ito meet Umarova and Bask Akbas of FIU.
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Doubles Main Draw – First Round
 Daevenia Achong/Selma Cadar (UM) def. Mary Courville/Maeva Roquebert (MER), 8-3
Nada Dimovska/Yuna Ito (UM) def.  McCartney Kessler/Marlee Zein (UF), 8-5
Singles Main Draw – First Round
No. 80  Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Louie McLelland (FAU), 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
Mira Stegmann (FS) def. Selma Cadar (UM), 6-4, 6-1
Nada Dimovska (UM) def. Nandini Sharma (UCF), 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Yuna Ito (UM) def. Nami Otsuka (GT), 6-3, 6-3
Singles Main Draw – Second Round
Komola Umarova (FIU) def. No. 80  Daevenia Achong (UM), 6-1, 6-4
No. 23  McCartney Kessler (UF) def. Nada Dimovska (UM), 6-0, 6-3
 Marie Mattel (UCF) def. Yuna Ito (UM), 6-1, 6-2
Singles Consolation Draw – First Round
Rebeka Stolmar (UCF) def. Selma Cadar (UM), 6-3, 7-5
Doubles Main Draw – Round of 16
2 p.m.:  Daevenia Achong/Selma Cadar (UM) vs. Radka Buzkova/May Kimhi (FAU)
2 p.m.: Nada Dimovksa/Yuna Ito (UM) vs. Basak Akbas/Komola Umarova (FIU)