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W. Tennis Logs 5-2 Victory at Boston College

by Alex Schwartz

WEYMOUTH, Mass. The University of Miami women’s tennis team recorded a 5-2 win Sunday at Boston College.

No. 34 Miami (5-5, 3-3 ACC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the Weymouth Club and split the final four points to tally its second road win in three days.

“Our team did an incredible job of handling adversity today. We knew what to expect going in and, for the most part, we handled things very well,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Whenever you pull two on the road at Syracuse and BC, one thing is evident—we were pretty tough this weekend. We need to continue improving, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.”

The Hurricanes quickly earned the first doubles decision, as third-year junior Daevenia Achong and second-year freshman Florencia Urrutia raced past Loren Haukova and Natasha Irani, 6-1. The Boston College (4-5, 2-5 ACC) duo of Marice Aguiar and Laura Lopez evened the doubles ledger with a 6-3 victory over the Hurricanes’ duo of second-year freshmen Diana Khodan and Maya Tahan.

Miami, though, thwarted any hopes of a doubles comeback, as fifth-year senior Estela Perez-Somarriba and freshman Isabella Pfennig won both remaining games on Court 1 to close out a 6-3 win against No. 25 Yufei Long and Kylie Wilcox.

It marked the second top-25 doubles win of the spring for Perez-Somarriba and the first ranked doubles triumph for Pfennig in her young career.

Once singles play began, Khodan did not need long to rack up her third straight win and double Miami’s lead. The Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, native cruised a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Hailey Wilcox in a match that ended nearly 20 minutes before any others.

Second-ranked Perez-Somarriba notched the Hurricanes’ third point of the day by downing Kylie Wilcox, 6-4, 6-4. It marked the 148th singles win of her illustrious career, moving her past Duke’s Kathy Sell for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time ACC leaderboard.

Aguiar got the Eagles on the board with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 decision against No. 87 Achong, but Pfennig clinched the win for Miami moments later. The Gauting, Germany, native recorded her third ranked singles win, including the second over a top-80 foe, by defeating No. 76 Long, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.

With the match result already determined, Urrutia registered an impressive comeback victory to tack on Miami’s fifth and final point of the day. After a wide loss in the opening set, she narrowly took the second and then won a 10-point tiebreaker to finish with a 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-8) result.

Boston College closed out the competition by adding another point to its total, as Lopez defeated Tahan, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Miami improved 26-2 all-time against the Eagles with the victory, which snapped a two-match road losing streak in the series.

The Hurricanes now return to Coral Gables, Fla., where they finally begin their home slate Wednesday at 11 a.m. against USF at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

To keep up with the University of Miami women’s tennis team on social media, follow @CanesWTennis on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

RESULTS

Doubles Competition
1. Estela Perez-Somarriba/Isabella Pfennig (UM) vs. No. 25 Yufei Long/Kylie Wilcox (BC)
2. Marice Aguiar/Laura Lopez (BC) def. Diana Khodan/Maya Tahan (UM), 6-3
3. Daevenia Achong/Florencia Urrutia (UM) def. Loren Haukova/Natasha Irani (BC), 6-1

Singles Competition
1. No. 2 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Kylie Wilcox (BC), 6-4, 6-4
2. Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. No. 76 Yufei Long (BC), 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
3. Marice Aguiar (BC) def. No. 87 Daevenia Achong (UM), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
4. Florencia Urrutia (UM) def. Natashi Irani (BC), 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-8)
5. Laura Lopez (BC) def. Maya Tahan (UM), 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
6. Diana Khodan (UM) def. Hailey Wilcox (BC), 6-4, 6-2