W. Tennis Wraps up Play at Texas Invitational
By Alex Schwartz
AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Miami women’s tennis concluded competition Sunday at the Texas Invitational.
All three Hurricanes in action came up short, with two going to three sets and the other facing a top-40 foe at the Texas Center.
“Going back home with many things to look at and improve upon. I see it as an okay weekend with a young team, with lots of room for learning in the coming months before the spring season,” Miami associate head coach Laura Vallverdu said. “Looking for our upperclassmen to lead the way with the Miami culture of resilience, spirit and excitement. There is no other way to be a great team than to play for each other.”
Playing for the title in the Burnt Orange singles draw, sophomore Daevenia Achong forced a split, but could not take the third set. Top-seeded Achong, ranked No. 80, fell to fourth-seeded Fernanda Labraña of homestanding Texas, 3-6, 6-2, 1-6.
Senior Yuna Ito also went to three sets in her matchup against Sarai Monarrez Yesaki of SMU before dropping a narrow 1-6, 6-2, 5-7 decision.
Freshman Selma Cadar played the second-highest-ranked opponent of her career and took a 2-6, 4-6 setback versus No. 38 Michaela Haet of Rice.
“Playing for something bigger than yourself is a privilege and that is, and always will be, our team mantra,” Vallverdu said. “No matter how, when and against what, we will play and figure it out for The U.”
As a whole, Miami’s four competitors—freshman Nada Dimovska also played the first two days—went 9-10 on the weekend, including 4-2 in doubles play.
Burnt Orange Singles Flight – Main Draw Final
 Fernanda Labraña (TX) def. No. 80  Daevenia Achong (UM), 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Singles – Outside of draw
Sarai Monarrez Yesaki (SMU) def. Yuna Ito (UM), 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
No. 38 Michaela Haet (RICE) def. Selma Cadar (UM), 6-2, 6-4