W. Tennis Defeats Kansas, 4-1, in Waco
WACO, Texas – The University of Miami women’s tennis team concluded ITA Kick-Off Weekend competition with a 4-1 neutral-site triumph over Kansas at the Hurd Tennis Center.
No. 23 Miami (3-1) rallied to take the doubles point and then, after the Jayhawks leveled the score, took three straight singles matches to earn the victory.
“I think it says a lot about our character to bounce back so quickly against a very solid Kansas team,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I’m looking forward to seeing Old Dominion this weekend in Miami.”
Kansas (0-3) took the opening doubles contest, handing the Hurricanes their first doubles setback through four dual matches thus far, as Tiffany Lagarde and Sonia Smagina downed third-year sophomores Diana Khodan and Maya Tahan, 6-1. Miami, though, responded to take the opening point.
Fourth-year junior Daevenia Achong and fifth-year senior Eden Richardson, together ranked No. 40, beat Malkia Nguonoue and Maria Titova, 6-4, to even the tally.
Sophomores Audrey Boch-Collins and Isabella Pfennig then gave Miami the 1-0 lead with a 6-4 result against Raphaelle Lacasse and Mariana Manyoma-Velasquez.
No. 42 Titova started singles play with a win to tie the score at 1-1, as she beat No. 104 Achong, 6-1, 6-2, in the lone ranked matchup. From there, though, it was all Miami.
Tahan put the Hurricanes back in front with a resounding 6-2, 6-2 triumph against Manyoma-Velasquez and Boch-Collins followed that with a stellar 6-3, 6-2 showing versus Lacasse to make it 3-1.
No. 76 Pfennig clinched the win for Miami, posting a 6-2, 6-2 win over Smagina to end the match at 4-1. The other two contests were both left unfinished.
Richardson trailed No. 109 Nguonoue, 4-6, 3-5, while Khodan was in the midst of a comeback bid against Lagarde, facing a 3-6, 5-0 deficit.
Miami resumes play next Saturday at noon against Old Dominion at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
1. No. 40 Daevenia Achong/Eden Richardson (UM) def. Malkia Nguonoue/Maria Titova (KU), 6-4
2. Tiffany Lagarde/Sonia Smagina (KU) def. Diana Khodan/Maya Tahan (UM), 6-1
3. Audrey Boch-Collins/Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Raphaelle Lacasse/Mariana Manyoma-Velasquez (KU), 6-4
1. No. 109 Malkia Nguonoue (KU) vs. Eden Richardson (UM), 6-4, 5-3, unf.
2. No. 42 Maria Titova (KU) def. No. 104 Daevenia Achong (UM), 6-1, 6-2
3. No. 76 Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Sonia Smagina (KU), 6-2, 6-2
4. Audrey Boch-Collins (UM) def. Raphaelle Lacasse (KU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Tiffany Lagarde (KU) vs. Diana Khodan (UM), 6-3, 0-5, unf.
6. Maya Tahan (UM) def. Mariana Manyoma-Velasquez (KU), 6-2, 6-2