No. 10 Miami (Fla.) downs highest-ranked opponent in sweep of No. 9 Duke
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- No. 10 Miami (Fla.) defeated its highest-ranked opponent of the season in dominating fashion on Sunday, sweeping No. 9 Duke 4-0 at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
The Canes needed just one victory in doubles to earn a 2-0 lead and they got that point from the duo of Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno.
The pair came into Sunday’s match with an 11-1 record, but were playing on court No. 1 for the first time. The duo found themselves down three games to one to start their match, but rallied behind the cheers of the crowd and won seven of the next nine games, claiming the 8-5 win.
Stephanie Wagner and Melissa Bolivar led their match at No. 2 7-4 when the doubles point was clinched.
Though she didn’t get to finish her match in doubles, Wagner kept that momentum in singles as she earned a straight-set 6-4, 6-2 win against 23rd-ranked Hanna Mar, clinching the win for Miami. The victory was the 19th singles win of the season for Wagner. Mar is the highest-ranked opponent she has defeated in her freshman season.
The first singles point went to freshman Deborah Suarez at the No. 5 position. Competing in a dual match for the first time since March 30, she was dominant in her 6-1, 6-0 victory against Nicole Lipp. The win kept her dual record perfect at 8-0.
Kelsey Laurente, Riobueno and Melissa Bolivar all led their matches on Court Nos. 2, 3 and 4 before the match was clinched.
Due to an injury, the Blue Devils were unable to play at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. Before the players stepped foot on the court, Miami led the Blue Devils 1-0.