W. Tennis Falls, 4-3, to Fourth-Ranked Florida State
By Alex Schwartz
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision Monday against fourth-ranked Florida State.
Miami (3-3, 1-1 ACC) took half the singles matches at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, but the Seminoles’ doubles point proved to be the deciding factor.
“In our conference, the margins are so small and it all comes down to details. Being close, it doesn’t matter, it’s an ‘L,'” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “An ‘L’ is an ‘L’ in my book. Honestly, whether it’s a 6-1, 7-0 or 4-3, it’s an ‘L.’ So, we need to understand that because if you don’t pay attention to the details and work on the details on a daily basis, you’ll have a lot of 4-3 matches. It’s kind of like a 4-3 world out there in college tennis.”
Florida State (10-1, 1-0 ACC) turned in a strong performance in doubles and clinched with a pair of wins just moments apart. Sasha Hill and Emmanuelle Salas narrowly topped senior Yuna Ito and freshman Florencia Urrutia, 6-4, and then No. 15 Victoria Allen and Petra Hule beat freshman Selma Cadar and senior Estela Perez-Somarriba, 6-2.
When play stopped, sophomore Daevenia Achong and freshman Nada Dimovska trailed Nandini Das and Andrea Garcia, 2-5.
Third-ranked Perez-Somarriba opened the singles portion of the match with a dominant showing against Emmanuelle Salas, logging a 6-1, 6-1 victory to quickly level the score at 1-1.
Allen put the Seminoles back on top by notching a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ito and Garcia then pushed the lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 result versus Dimovska. Hule clinched the match by downing No. 85 Achong, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.
The final pair of matches were both played out, with Urrutia notching the first win of the two. She held a 7-6 (7-5), 4-1 lead on Hill when the latter retired from the match to give Miami its second point.
In the lone ranked matchup, No. 104 Cadar handed No. 86 Das her first loss of the spring in comeback fashion, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8), to make it a final one-point margin.
“We need to improve some things and let’s see what happens,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “FSU played great tennis, stayed up on the baseline, played aggressive, did a lot of things right and congrats to them. They’re playing good tennis.”
The Hurricanes continue their four-match homestand in just four days, as they are set to host Virginia Tech Friday at noon.
1. No. 15 Victoria Allen/Petra Hule (FS) def. Selma Cadar/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM), 6-2
2. Nandini Das/Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Daevenia Achong/Nada Dimovska (UM), 5-2, unf.
3. Sasha Hill/Emmanuelle Salas (FS) def. Yuna Ito/Florencia Urrutia (UM), 6-4
1. No. 3 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Emmanuelle Salas (FS), 6-1, 6-1
2. Petra Hule (FS) def. No. 85 Daevenia Achong (UM), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
3. No. 104 Selma Cadar (UM) def. No. 86 Nandini Das (FS), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
4. Florencia Urrutia (UM) def. Sasha Hill (FS), 7-6 (7-5), 4-1, ret.
5. Victoria Allen (FS) def. Yuna Ito (UM), 6-3, 6-3
6. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Nada Dimovska (UM), 6-4, 6-3