W. Tennis Falls at No. 15 Vanderbilt, 5-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Facing a top-25 opponent from the SEC for the second day in a row, the University of Miami women’s tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision Saturday at No. 15 Vanderbilt.
Miami (2-1) dropped the first three points of the match inside the Currey Tennis Center and could not claw its way back, suffering its first setback of the 2021 campaign.
“We played a top-15 program today and they taught us some lessons in a few spots,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We competed well, but there is a lot of improvement that must occur in order to take the next step.”
Vanderbilt (4-0) jumped out to an early lead with a strong doubles performance on its home court. First, Marcella Cruz and Emma Kurtz defeated sophomores Diana Khodan and Maya Tahan, 6-2. Anna Ross and Holly Staff followed that by posting a 6-1 decision against redshirt senior Estela Perez-Somarriba and sophomore Florencia Urrutia.
The remaining match was left unfinished with junior Daevenia Achong and freshman Isabella Pfenning in a 4-4 deadlock against Anessa Lee and Christina Rosca.
The Commodores added two more points to their total to begin singles play, behind straight-set wins by Ross and Staff. The former beat No. 87 Achong, 6-2, 6-3, and the latter downed Urrutia, 6-3, 6-3.
Second-ranked Perez-Somarriba got the Hurricanes on the board with an impressive victory over Kurtz, 6-3, 6-1.
Vanderbilt, however, quickly squashed any hopes of a Miami comeback when No. 20 Rosca completed a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Tahan to seal the home win.
Both remaining matches were played out, with the first one going to the Hurricanes, as Pfennig registered a 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Lee to retain an unblemished singles ledger in her young career.
Cruz then closed out competition by recording a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Khodan, logging Vanderbilt’s fifth and final point.
With the defeat against the Commodores, Miami ends its trip to Nashville with a 1-1 mark, as it topped No. 23 Ole Miss Friday afternoon.
“We came away with one solid win this weekend and will learn from today,” Yaroshuk-Tews said.
The Hurricanes now have two weeks until its next match, which is scheduled for Feb. 13 at noon against No. 22 UCF in Orlando, Fla.
1. Anna Ross/Holly Staff (VU) def. Estela Perez-Somarriba/Florencia Urrutia (UM), 6-1
2. Marcella Cruz/Emma Kurtz (VU) def. Diana Khodan/Maya Tahan (UM), 6-2
3. Daevenia Achong/Isabella Pfennig (UM) vs. Anessa Lee/Christina Rosca (VU), 4-4, unf.
1. No. 2 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Emma Kurtz (VU), 6-3, 6-1
2. Anna Ross (VU) def. No. 87 Daevenia Achong (UM), 6-2, 6-3
3. No. 20 Christina Rosca (VU) def. Maya Tahan (UM), 6-4, 6-2
4. Holly Staff (VU) def. Florencia Urrutia (UM), 6-3, 6-3
5. Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Anessa Lee (VU), 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Marcella Cruz (VU) def. Diana Khodan (UM), 6-1, 6-1