W. Tennis Hosts No. 1 UNC and FAU in Doubleheader
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team will host its first and only doubleheader of the season Sunday.
No. 27 Miami (4-3, 2-1 ACC) takes on top-ranked North Carolina at 11 a.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, then faces Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m.
Miami is 14-18 all-time against North Carolina, including 6-5 on its home court. The Tar Heels picked up a 4-0 neutral-site victory in the most recent affair, which came on April 20, 2019, in the ACC Championship semifinals in Cary, N.C.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes sport a 30-0 record versus Florida Atlantic, including a 23-0 ledger at home. Miami’s 30 victories against the Owls are its second-most against any team—it has 42 against USF—and its most versus any team without a loss.
Overall, Miami has outscored Florida Atlantic, 219-9, in a series that dates back to 1974. It has posted 25 shutout wins, including a 7-0 road victory on Jan. 18, 2019, in the most recent matchup.
The Hurricanes head into the weekend with a trio of ranked singles players, led by senior Estela Perez-Somarriba, who is the top-ranked individual in the country. Sophomore Daevenia Achong is a career-high No. 72, while freshman Selma Cadar places No. 96.
In addition, 19th-year head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews’ team has one ranked doubles duo, with Achong and Cadar coming in at No. 59 on the Oracle/ITA list.
North Carolina is 13-0 (1-0 ACC) on the year and won the ITA National Indoor Team Championship earlier this month. The Tar Heels have seven ranked singles players, including three in the top six: fourth-ranked Cameron Morra, fifth-ranked Alexa Graham, sixth-ranked Sra Daavettilla, No. 39 Alle Sanford, No. 43 Makenna Jones, No. 81 Kacie Harvey and No. 111 Elizabeth Scotty.
The Tar Heels also have three ranked double pairs, two of which are in the top five. Daavettilla and Graham place fourth, while Jones and Morra come in at fifth. Jones also holds the No. 19 spot alongside Sanford.
Florida Atlantic is 3-0 on the year and has yet to begin C-USA competition. The Owls do not have any ranked individuals or duos.
The Owls’ head coach, Caroline Wheelen, née Hora, was a standout player at Miami, three times finishing ranked in the ITA top 75, including twice in the top 30. Her final season in 1998 was Yaroshuk-Tews’ first as an assistant with the Hurricanes.
After their doubleheader, the Hurricanes travel to Louisville, Ky., for a Feb. 28 matchup at 1 p.m. against Louisville.