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W. Tennis Blanks Florida Atlantic, 7-0

W. Tennis Blanks Florida Atlantic, 7-0

by Alex Schwartz

CORAL GABLES, Fla. The University of Miami women’s tennis team opened its 2022 dual match home slate Tuesday with a 7-0 sweep of Florida Atlantic.

Miami (2-0) dropped just one set on the day at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center and earned its second unblemished win in as many outings to open the year. This marks the first time since 2016 the Hurricanes have posted back-to-back 7-0 wins.

“The ladies competed well today,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We’re a tight group and we believe. I’m really excited for what is around the corner.”

Sophomores Audrey Boch-Collins and Isabella Pfennig earned the first doubles win by posting a 6-2 triumph over the Florida Atlantic (2-2) duo of Millie-Mae Matthews and Amber McGinnis. Minutes later, the No. 40-ranked pair of fifth-year senior Eden Richardson and fourth-year junior Daevenia Achong sealed the doubles point with a 6-4 decision versus Katerina Filip and Martina Kudelova.

In the unfinished match, third-year sophomores Diana Khodan and Maya Tahan were in a 4-4 tie with Greta Schieroni and Lexi Silna.

The Hurricanes made quick work of the Owls in singles competition, earning five first sets, including two in 6-0 fashion. All five of those matches ended in straight sets, while the sixth went to Miami in a 10-point tiebreaker.

Khodan upped the edge to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against McGinnis and, shortly thereafter, her doubles teammate made it 3-0, as Tahan defeated Matthews, 6-0, 6-4.

Richardson, for the second time in as many matches as a Hurricane, clinched the win for Miami. The Bath, England, native topped Kudelova, 6-4, 6-1, to seal the decision and improve the Hurricane’s record to 34-0 all-time versus the Owls.

The remaining three matches all continued on and each went to the home team. Boch-Collins beat Schieroni, 6-2, 6-1, and then No. 104 Achong edged Filip, 6-0, 7-5.

No. 76 Pfennig, for the second time in a row, locked up the sweep, this time taking down Silna in the closest match of the day, a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5) result. Her win earned Yaroshuk-Tews her 156th sweep in 22 years as the Hurricanes’ head coach, including her 99th since the start of the 2009 season.

This is the first time Miami has posted back-to-back sweep since Feb. 24 (Georgia State in Fort Myers, Fla.) and March 2 (home against Pittsburgh) of the 2018 campaign, both in 4-0 fashion. The last time it won 7-0 in back-to-back matches was March 27 (home against No. 53 Boston College) and April 2 (at No. 29 Clemson) of the 2016 season.

The Hurricanes now travel to Waco, Texas, for ITA Kick-Off Weekend, opening competition Friday at noon ET versus No. 17 USC.

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. No. 40 Daevenia Achong/Eden Richardson (UM) def. Katerina Filip/Martina Kudelova (FAU), 6-4
2. Diana Khodan/Maya Tahan (UM) vs. Greta Schieroni/Lexi Silna (FAU), 4-4, unf.
3. Audrey Boch-Collins/Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Millie-Mae Matthews/Amber McGinnis (FAU), 6-2

Singles Competition
1. Eden Richardson (UM) def. Martina Kudelova (FAU), 6-4, 6-1
2. No. 104 Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Katerina Filip (FAU), 6-0, 7-5
3. No. 76 Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Lexi Silna (FAU), 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5)
4. Audrey Boch-Collins (UM) def. Greta Schieroni (FAU), 6-2, 6-1
5. Diana Khodan (UM) def. Amber McGinnis (FAU), 6-2, 6-2
6. Maya Tahan (UM) def. Millie-Mae Matthews (FAU), 6-0, 6-4