W. Tennis Records 6-1 Victory at Louisville
By Alex Schwartz
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team took all six singles matches in straight sets Friday afternoon in a 6-1 road win at Louisville.
No. 18 Miami (6-4, 3-2 ACC) narrowly dropped the doubles point, but cruised past the Cardinals the rest of the way for a dominant result at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
“The squad was incredibly resilient inside today in uncomfortable conditions,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We approached the match calm, kept level heads and barreled through. We preach getting comfortable in uncomfortable conditions and we did that today. Happy to see this young squad listening and trusting.”
Louisville (8-3, 0-2 ACC) quickly earned the first doubles tally, as Andrea Di Palma and Rhea Verma logged a 6-0 victory over the No. 59-ranked duo of sophomore Daevenia Achong and freshman Selma Cadar.
Senior Estela Perez-Somarriba and freshman Florencia Urrutia evened the doubles ledger with a 6-4 comeback win over Maia Haumuller and Raven Neely. The Hurricanes, however, dropped the final match to lose the doubles point, as freshman Nada Dimovska and senior Yuna Ito fell, 4-6, to Dina Chaika and Nikolina Jovic.
Top-ranked Perez-Somarriba evened the match to open singles competition, taking the final 12 games of her contests against Neely to earn a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
No. 72 Achong then put Miami in front after she too took a match with just one lost game, hers a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Verma. Urrutia followed suit with an impressive win of her own, a 6-0, 6-2 result against Chaika to give the Hurricanes a 3-1 edge.
After dropping the first three games of her matchup against Diana Wong, Dimovska won 12 in a row to record a 6-3, 6-0 victory and clinch the match for Miami.
Both remaining affairs were played out, with the Hurricanes earning the victory in each. First, No. 96 Cadar defeated Di Palma, 6-2, 6-4, and then freshman Maya Tahan topped Jovic, 6-4, 6-4, to make it a 6-1 final score.
The Hurricanes have now won five of their past seven outings, as well as registered at least six points in three of their past four matches.
“We’ve got a long road ahead and need to take this season week by week,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “This week was a positive.”
Following a 13-day stretch without a match, the Hurricanes resume play March 13 in Coral Gables, Fla., against No. 35 Yale at 10 a.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
1. Andrea Di Palma/Rhea Verma (UL) def. No. 59 Daevenia Achong/Selma Cadar (UM), 6-0
2. Estela Perez-Somarriba/Florencia Urrutia (UM) def. Maia Haumuller/Raven Neely (UL), 6-4
3. Dina Chaika/Nikolina Jovic (UL) def. Nada Dimovska/Yuna Ito (UM), 6-4
1. No. 1 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Raven Neely (UL), 6-1, 6-0
2. No. 72 Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Rhea Verma (UL), 6-0, 6-1
3. No. 96 Selma Cadar (UM) def. Andrea Di Palma (UL), 6-2, 6-4
4. Florencia Urrutia (UM) def. Dina Chaika (UL), 6-0, 6-2
5. Maya Tahan (UM) def. Nikolina Jovic (UL), 6-4, 6-4
6. Nada Dimovska (UM) def. Diana Wong (UL), 6-3, 6-0