Eye of the Hurricane

February 17, 2008

Women’s Tennis Splits Weekend

Filed under: Uncategorized — akean @ 8:41 pm

The Hurricanes women’s tennis team opened this weekend with a fresh No. 7 ranking, having moved up two spots from last week’s polls. On Saturday, the team blew out unranked USF, 6-1. The Canes won all six singles matches, in straight sets, highlighted by a 6-2, 6-0 win by Laura Vallverdu playing at the top position and a 6-0, 6-1 win by Gina Sabatino at No. 6.

I was in for the long haul today as the No. 10 Baylor Bears came to Coral Gables. Ultimately, the Bears proved too tough and took home a rain-shortened 4-1 victory, dropping Miami to 6-2 on the season.

Miami got off to a rough start in doubles play. Laura Vallverdu and Romy Farah had a 6-4 lead when Baylor finished off the other two matches to clinch the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead. Baylor’s Lenka Broosova then dispatched Farah, 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles match giving Baylor a 2-0 advantage.

Vallverdu then cleaned out 15th-ranked Zuzana Zemenova, 6-3, 6-2 to bring the Canes back within 1 point. The Bears then clinched the match in short order, picking up wins at the 5 and 6 slots to take an insurmountable 4-1 lead. Just as the 3 and 4 matches were heading into decisive third sets, the heavens opened up with a downpour that canceled the rest of this match and the men’s match between Miami and USF scheduled for 3 pm.

Despite the loss the Canes gave a valiant effort, particularly from Michaela Kissell and Bianca Eichkorn. After winning the first set 7-5, Kissell was in the midst of coming back from a 5-0 deficit in the second set when the rains came. Eichkorn, playing at No. 4, dropped her first set, 6-3, but battled her way to a 6-6 tie in the second before the rain. Even though their matches would not have affected the overall outcome, the extra work they put in should benefit the team down the road.

Here’s the recap for today’s singles matches:

No. 1: Laura Vallverdu def. Zuzana Zemenova (6-3, 6-2)

No. 2: Lenka Broosova def. Romy Farah (6-1, 6-1)

No. 3: Michaela Kissell v. Taylor Ormond (7-5, 4-6, play suspended)

No. 4: Bianca Eichkorn v. Jana Bielikova (3-6, 6-6, play suspended)

No. 5: Jelena Stanivuk def. Caren Seenauth (6-1, 6-3)

No. 6: Karolina Filipiak def. Gina Sabatino (7-6, 6-2)

The Hurricanes have one match next weekend, hosting No. 34 Wichita State next Saturday. Play will begin at noon.

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