No. 9 Miami (Fla.) opens ITA Kick-Off Weekend with 7-0 sweep of Hawaii
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The ninth-ranked Hurricanes moved to 3-0 on the season with a 7-0 victory against Hawaii in the opening match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on Friday.
Miami relied on several freshmen in the match. After taking the doubles point, UM's Clementina Riobueno, Deborah Suarez and Kelsey Laurente quickly sealed the win.
"We played really well on courts two, five and six in singles," Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. "I was happy with how thorough the girls were and how they were able to stay present mentally for their matches."
Riobueno and Suarez, playing at No. 5 and 6 singles, respectively, breezed through their matches. Riobueno downed Hawaii's Kelsey Daguio 6-1, 6-0, while Suarez put away Rebecca Faltusz 6-0, 6-0.
Laurente, the Hurricanes' highest-ranked singles player at No. 51, clinched UM's victory with a 6-0, 6-1 match at the No. 2 position against Martina Kostalova.
Another freshman, Stephanie Wagner, ranked No. 92 in the latest ITA rankings, won her match in straight sets as well at the No. 4 position, but needed a first set tie-break on her way to defeating Paulina Petriskova, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Sophomore Lina Likeikite, playing Friday at No. 1 singles, performed well in her first set (6-1) win against Katarina Poljakova, but needed to battle in the second to secure the win at 7-5.
Melissa Bolivar, one of two juniors on the team this season, didn't have a great start against Xenia Suworowa at the No. 3 position, dropping the first set, 4-6. However, she worked a 7-5 victory in the second set, before winning a super tie-breaker 11-9 to clinch the victory.
"Courts one, three and four fought hard," Yaroshuk-Tews said. "But, they need to raise their level of play to be successful."
In doubles, Laurente and Brittany Dubins improved their record to 5-1 on season with a 8-0 win against Daguio and Faltusz. Bolivar and Riobueno played equally as well in their point-clinching match, winning 8-1 against Petriskova and Kostalova.
"Doubles went well," Yaroshuk-Tews said. "We played with discipline and met our goals that we set for ourselves."