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W. Tennis Excels at June Stewart Invitational

W. Tennis Excels at June Stewart Invitational

by Alex Schwartz

NASHVILLE, Tenn. With all its scholarship players competing at the same event for the first time this fall, the University of Miami women’s tennis team turned in a stellar performance at the June Stewart Invitational.

The Hurricanes went 14-6 in singles and 7-2 in doubles against opponents from Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa State and host Vanderbilt over three days of action at the Currey Tennis Center. Overall, seven Miami players combined to finish 21-8.

“We competed well this weekend, especially on the last day of the tournament, winning some hard-fought three-setters in singles. I think that says a lot about our character as a team,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Of course, we still have many things to work on. We’ve started to blend better as a team and understand each other and we’re having fun while doing it. We had a fun weekend and got better.”

Miami started play with a perfect showing Friday, sweeping its six singles matches against Kentucky and its three doubles matches versus Illinois. Half the singles wins came in straight sets, while the other three took a decisive third to go Miami’s way.

The Hurricanes went 3-4 in singles action Saturday, finishing 2-3 against Vanderbilt and 1-1 versus Iowa State. Then, for the second day in a row, Miami swept its doubles matches, this time posting a trio of wins over Kentucky to go an unblemished 9-0 on the weekend against the Wildcats.

Sunday, on the final day of action, Miami returned to its dominance in singles competition, notching a 5-2 ledger that included a 5-1 mark versus Illinois and a loss in the lone outing against Iowa State. The team concluded the weekend by tallying a 1-2 doubles mark against Vanderbilt.

The lone doubles win over the Commodores was a ranked one, though, as third-year sophomores Diana Khodan and Maya Tahan logged a 6-4 decision over No. 47 Marcella Cruz and MaryAnn Rompf.

Khodan turned in a perfect 3-0 singles record on the weekend and she paired it with an equal 3-0 ledger in doubles alongside Tahan, with whom she made the 2021 NCAA Doubles Championship. The Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, native won all three of her singles matches in straight sets, including cruising past Illinois’ Kida Ferrari, 6-3, 6-0 on the final day of action.

Sophomore Audrey Boch-Collins also impressed all weekend for Miami, claiming wins in all three of her singles matches, while notching a pair of doubles victories alongside sophomore Isabella Pfennig.

One of Boch-Collins’ triumphs was a 6-3, 7-5 result against Vanderbilt’s Yufei Long, a two-time All-ACC honoree during her time at Boston College.

Up next for the Hurricanes is a trip to nearby Orlando, Fla., where Miami will compete in the ITA Southeast Regional Championships, slated for Oct. 14-18 at the USTA National Campus.

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

FRIDAY RESULTS

Singles
Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Florencia Urrutia (UK), 6-3, 6-3
Nada Dimovska (UM) def. Lidia Gonzalez (UK), 7-5, 6-4
Diana Khodan (UM) def. Fiona Arrese (UK), 7-5, 7-5
Maya Tahan (UM) def. Maialen Morante (UK), 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
Audrey Boch-Collins (UM) def. Carlota Molina (UK), 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Eden Richardson (UM) def. Elizabeth Stevens (UK), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Doubles
Daevenia Achong/Eden Richardson (UM) def. Kate Duong/Josie Frazier (IL), 6-1
Diana Khodan/Maya Tahan (UM) def. Megan Heuser/Ashley Yeah (IL), 7-5
Audrey Boch-Collins/Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Kida Ferrari/Kasia Treiber (IL), 6-3

SATURDAY RESULTS

Singles
Amy Stevens (VU) def. Maya Tahan (UM), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Holly Staff (VU) def. Daevenia Achong (UM), 6-2, 6-2
Anna Ross (VU) def. Eden Richardson (UM), 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Diana Khodan (UM) def. Dasha Kourkina (VU), 6-2, 6-3
Audrey Boch-Collins (UM) def. Yufei Long (VU), 6-3, 7-5
No. 16 Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Sofia Cabezas (IS), 6-0, 6-1
Chie Kezuka (IS) def. Nada Dimovska (UM), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

Doubles
Daevenia Achong/Eden Richardson (UM) def. Fiona Arrese/Lidia Gonzalez (UK), 6-3
Diana Khodan/Maya Tahan (UM) def. Carla Girbau/Carlota Molina (UK), 6-1
Audrey Boch-Collins/Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Maialen Morante/Florencia Urrutia (UK), 6-2

SUNDAY RESULTS

Singles
Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Ashley Yeah (IL), 6-3, 6-2
Sofia Cabezas (IS) def. Nada Dimovska (UM), 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
Kate Duong (IL) def. No. 16 Isabella Pfennig (UM), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
Audrey Boch-Collins (UM) def. Kasia Treiber (IL), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Eden Richardson (UM) def. Megan Heuser (IL), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
Maya Tahan (UM) def. Shivani Ingle (IL), 6-2, 6-1
Diana Khodan (UM) def. Kida Ferrari (IL), 6-3, 6-0

Doubles
Anessa Lee/Yufei Long (VU) def. Audrey Boch-Collins/Isabella Pfennig (UM), 7-5
No. 9 Anna Ross/Holly Staff (VU) def. Daevenia Achong/Eden Richardson (UM), 6-2
Diana Khodan/Maya Tahan (UM) def. No. 47 Marcella Cruz/MaryAnn Rompf (VU), 6-4