Pfennig, Perez-Somarriba Repeat as ACC Honorees
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – For the second week in a row, Isabella Pfennig and Estela Perez-Somarriba of the University of Miami women’s tennis team garnered ACC recognition.
Pfennig repeated as the ACC Co-Freshman of the Week, while Perez-Somarriba repeated as the ACC Co-Player of the Week, as announced Tuesday afternoon by the league office. They earned the distinctions alongside Virginia’s Emma Navarro and North Carolina’s Sara Daavettila, respectively.
The duo helped lead No. 35 Miami (8-5, 5-3 ACC) to a trio of lopsided wins in its first home matches of the season. The Hurricanes posted a 5-2 win over USF, a 7-0 shutout of No. 47 Notre Dame and a 6-1 victory against Louisville, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Pfennig, who now owns three ACC Freshman of the Week plaudits, earned victories in all three of her contests at the No. 2 position. She started with a 6-0, 6-4 triumph versus Amelie Boy of USF and followed it with a 6-2, 6-1 decision against Notre Dame’s Page Freeman. Lastly, Pfennig logged a 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) win against Andrea Di Palma of Louisville.
Perez-Somarriba, now an eight-time ACC Player of the Week in her illustrious career, won all three of her matches at the No. 1 spot and, in doing so, became the fourth player in league history to eclipse 150 singles wins. She first topped USF’s Laura Pellicer, 6-2, 6-1, and then defeated No. 109 Cameron Corse of Notre Dame, 6-1, 6-1. Finally, she beat Nikolina Jovic of Louisville, who retired while facing a 1-6, 1-3 deficit.
Additionally, the two played together in doubles and posted a 3-0 ledger at the top spot. After a 6-2 result against Boy and Alexandria Mjos of USF, they logged a top-20 victory over No. 19 Corse and Freeman of Notre Dame, 7-5. To cap the weekend, they defeated Louisville’s Di Palma and Rhea Verma, 6-4.
Perez-Somarriba, Pfennig and the Hurricanes resume their seven-match homestand this weekend, first taking on No. 29 Wake Forest Friday at 11 a.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.