W. Tennis Impresses in Singles at Miami Spring Invite
By Kevin Ivany
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team opened its 2020 home season Saturday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
No. 23 Miami posted a 6-4 overall record, including a 5-2 ledger in singles, on the first day of action in the Miami Spring Invite. Third-ranked Estela Perez-Somarriba and sophomore Daevenia Achong led the way for the Hurricanes, notching victories in both singles and doubles.
“We have a lot of new faces this spring, but I thought we got [the year] off to a good start, particularly in singles,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We have to get better in doubles, but all-in-all, it was a good first day.”
The Hurricanes opened the day with three doubles competitions against Northwestern, with Achong and Perez-Somarriba blanked the Wildcats’ pair of Christina Hand and Clarissa Hand, 6-0, in dominating fashion.
Meanwhile, competing on court two, freshmen Selma Cadar and Maya Tahan came up short against Julie Byrne and Hannah McColgan, 3-6, while freshman Nada Dimovska and senior Yuna Ito fell against Briana Crowley and Inci Ogut, 2-6.
Jumpstarting a strong team performance against Oklahoma in singles, Perez-Somarriba quickly took care of business in her 83rd-career match versus a ranked opponents.
Battling No. 87 Martina Capurro, the Miami senior improved to 68-15 against ranked foes, earning a 6-3, 6-3 ledger.
Shortly therafter, Tahan opened her collegiate career with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Camila Romero.
Facing Oleksandra Korashvili, Aching collected a hard-fought opening set win, 7-5, before dropping the second set, 4-6. The Geleen, Netherlands, native quickly bounced back with a dominating third set, claiming the overall match 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.
Ito followed suit later in the afternoon with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Kianah Motosono, while Florencia Urrutia, making her collegiate debut, fought back to take down Jasmine Asghar.
After dropping the opening set, 2-6, Urrutia quickly bounced back and forced a third set with a 6-4 second triumph. In the final set, the Santa Fe, Argentina, native secured her first victory at Miami, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
In a back-and-forth battle with Marcelina Podinska, Dimovska came up short, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, while No. 69 Cadar fell against Carmen Corley, 2-6, 2-6.
Miami will resume play Sunday at 8 a.m. when it meets No. 10 Vanderbilt in doubles. The Hurricanes then face Northwestern in singles immediately after.
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Daevenia Achong/E. Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Christina Hand/Clarissa Hand (NU), 6-0
Julie Byrne/Hannah McColgan (NU) def. Selma Cadar/Maya Tahan (UM), 6-3
Briana Crowley/Inci Ogut (NU) def. Nada Dimovska/Yuna Ito (UM), 6-2
Caroline Pozo/Vanessa Streng (NU) def. Kianah Motosono/Marcelina Podlinska (OU), 6-2
No. 27 Jasmine Asghar/O. Korashvili (OU) def. No. 12 Georgia Drummy/Christina Rosca (VU), 7-5
Carmen Corley/Ivana Corley (OU) def. Anna Ross/Emma Kurtz (VU), 6-2
Martina Capurro/Camila Romero (OU) def. Marcella Cruz/Amanda Meyer (VU), 6-2
No. 3 E. Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. No. 87 Martina Capurro (OU), 6-3, 6-3
Daevenia Achong (UM) def. O. Korashvili (OU), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
Carmen Corley (OU) def. No. 69 Selma Cadar (UM), 6-2, 6-2
Maya Tahan (UM) def. Camila Romero (OU), 6-4, 6-3
Florencia Urrutia (UM) def. Jasmine Asghar (OU), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Marcelina Podlinska (OU) def. Nada Dimovska (UM), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Yuna Ito (UM) def. Kianah Motosono (OU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 22 Georgia Drummy (VU) def. Julie Byrne (NU), 6-4, 6-0
No. 32 Christina Rosca (VU) def. Inci Ogut (NU), 6-3, 6-1
Emma Kurtz (VU) def. Briana Crowley (NU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Caroline Pozo (NU) def. Marcella Cruz (VU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Vanessa Streng (NU) def. Anna Ross (VU), 6-3, 7-5
Dasha Kourkina (VU) def. Christina Hand (NU), 6-3, 6-1
Hannah McColgan (NU) def. Skyler Miller (OU), 6-1, 6-4
Ivana Corley (OU) def. Amanda Meyer (VU), 6-3, 6-3
8 a.m.: No. 23 Miami vs. No. 10 Vanderbilt (doubles)
8 a.m.: Northwestern vs. Oklahoma (doubles)
After: No. 23 Miami vs. Northwestern (singles)
After: Oklahoma vs. No. 10 Vanderbilt (singles)