Miami (Fla.) sweeps Boston College
Hurricanes win sixth consecutive match, down conference rival
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- No. 12 Miami (Fla.) racked up its sixth consecutive win with a clean 7-0 sweep of Boston College (7-5, 1-2 ACC) on Friday.
Miami (8-1, 3-0 ACC) began the day with a 3-0 sweep of the Eagles in doubles play.
The duo of Anna Bartenstein and Brittany Dubins took down Katarina Gaugic and Ina Kauppila of Boston College in No.3 doubles 8-3, but the rest of the doubles’ matches would be hard fought.
The Canes let the Eagles battle back after leading at No. 2, but Gabriela Mejia and Lina Lilekite were able to hold on for an 8-6 win against Erina Kikuchi and Jessica Wacnik. At No. 1, Liat Zimmerman and Melissa Bolivar fought back and forth the entire match but eventually came out on top 8-6 against the 18th-ranked duo of Alex Kelleher and Olga Khmylev.
In singles play, UM started fast with freshman Lilekite (No. 118) maintaining her undefeated status by taking down Kelleher 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 3 position. With Miami now up 2-0, 12th-ranked Bartenstein improved her record to 9-2 on the year by defeating BC’s Kikuchi (6-4 6-1) in No. 1 singles play, grabbing the Hurricanes’ third point of the day.
The match-winning decision came as Bolivar bested Gajic 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 4 position. However, Miami wasn’t finished dominating. Zimmerman posted a 7-5, 6-2 victory of her own at No. 5 and Mejia finished taking her match’s last 12 games after losing the first set 7-6. Dubins rounded out the day for the Hurricanes at the No. 6 position, beating Kelly Barry in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Miami’s victory was the third consecutive sweep of the Eagles dating back to the 2010 season.