W. Tennis Records 7-0 Sweep at Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team rolled to a 7-0 shutout win Sunday afternoon at Louisville.
Eighth-ranked Miami (14-4, 8-3 ACC) did not drop a single set on the day at Bass-Rudd Tennis Center, posting its first ACC sweep of the year in its regular season road finale.
“We took care of business today. I was happy with things coming off of a tough Friday,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I’m proud of how they responded and I’m looking forward to a great end to our home slate next weekend.”
The Hurricanes quickly raced out to a victory atop the doubles lineup, as fourth-year junior Daevenia Achong and fifth-year senior Eden Richardson, together ranked No. 20, needed just a half-hour to defeat Sasha Gorchanyuk and Rhea Verma, 6-2.
Freshman Tatyana Nikolenko then earned her first collegiate doubles win, as she paired with third-year sophomore Maya Tahan to notch a 6-2 triumph versus Dina Chaika and Chelsea Sawyer, giving Miami a 1-0 lead.
The final match remained unfinished, with the Louisville (8-12, 0-11 ACC) duo of Tyra Richardson and Tatiana Simova holding a 5-3 lead on Miami sophomores Audrey Boch-Collins and Isabella Pfennig.
Miami cemented its control of the match by winning all six opening sets in singles. No. 74 Pfennig and Nikolenko closed out their matches first, clinching in a span of seconds, to give the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead. The former beat Gorchanyuk, 6-1, 6-0, while the latter topped Chaika, 6-3, 6-0.
About 20 minutes later, Tahan tallied a victory to seal the match for the visitors. She defeated Simova, 6-2, 6-4, to make it 4-0.
All three remaining matches were played out, with each going to the Hurricanes in straight sets. Mere minutes after Tahan clinched, No. 28 Achong tacked on the fifth point by downing Sawyer, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 48 Richardson upped Miami’s lead to 6-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph against Verma and then Boch-Collins completed the sweep by finishing off a 6-2, 6-4 decision versus Richardson.
Sunday marked the fourth shutout win of the season for Miami, including the third by a 7-0 score. Yaroshuk-Tews now has 158 sweeps in her 21-year tenure as head coach, with 101 of them since 2009.
Miami now returns home to play a pair of matches at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on the final weekend of the regular season, beginning Friday at 5 p.m. versus Boston College.
1. No. 20 Daevenia Achong/Eden Richardson (UM) def. Sasha Gorchanyuk/Rhea Verma (UL), 6-2
2. Tatyana Nikolenko/Maya Tahan (UM) def. Dina Chaika/Chelsea Sawyer (UL), 6-2
3. Tyra Richardson/Tatiana Simova (UL) vs. Audrey Boch-Collins/Isabella Pfennig (UM), 5-3, unf.
1. No. 48 Eden Richardson (UM) def. Rhea Verma (UL), 6-3, 6-4
2. No. 28 Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Chelsea Sawyer (UL), 6-4, 6-3
3. No. 74 Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Sasha Gorchanyuk (UL), 6-1, 6-0
4. Maya Tahan (UM) def. Tatiana Simova (UL), 6-2, 6-4
5. Audrey Boch-Collins (UM) def. Tyra Richardson (UL), 6-2, 6-4
6. Tatyana Nikolenko (UM) def. Dina Chaika (UL), 6-3, 6-0