W. Tennis Excels at June Stewart Invitational
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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