Sports

Women’s tennis overcomes ugly conditions in victory

The women’s tennis team got back on the winning track on Sunday afternoon as it defeated No. 35 Baylor University by a score of 6-1, improving to 5-1 on the season.

“It was great to see the team bounce back from a loss, especially going from indoor tennis, which has zero conditions, to today [with wind],” Head Coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We won ugly on some courts, which was nice to see.”

After the loss earlier in the week to Harvard University, the No. 22 ‘Canes came out early and won all three doubles matches to take the doubles point. Junior Megan Bradley and sophomore Melissa Applebaum beat Stephanie Balzert and Daria Potapova (No. 37 in doubles) 8-3 at first doubles. Seniors Sara Robbins and Sihem Bennacer defeated Carolin Walter and Daniela Covello by a score of 8-5 at second doubles.

The team’s strong play continued in singles competition as Miami won five of the six matches. No. 11 Bradley had the toughest match of the day, as she battled back to win in first singles play 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 against No. 49 Walter. After dropping the first set, Bradley trailed 3-4 before coming back to win the second set. She then dominated her opponent in the third and decisive set.

“Baylor is a very tough team, as they are a little deceptive in that they walk around the court and don’t seem like they have a lot of energy,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “They make you play a lot of balls and they don’t make a lot of errors, which makes them very dangerous.”

Senior Mari Toro played very well in her No. 2 singles match, as she defeated Covello 6-1, 6-2. Applebaum won her match 7-6 (5), 6-1 against Klara Zrustova.

The only match on the day that the Hurricanes didn’t come out on top was when Potapova defeated junior Staci Stevens 7-5, 7-6 (5) in fourth singles. Freshman Audrey Banada had a very impressive day at fifth singles, as she commandingly won her match 6-1, 6-2 against Iva Mihaylova.

“Banada was the MVP of the day for us,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She played great out there.”

Sophomore Natalie Mikolich added the final win for the Hurricanes with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Izabela Mijic.

Miami received an all-around impressive performance on a very windy day at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

The ‘Canes return to the court on Friday as they travel to Tampa, Florida to take on the South Florida Bulls at 1 p.m. The next home match will be Mar. 9 against William and Mary at 6 p.m.

Douglas Kroll can be contacted at d.kroll@

umiami.edu.

March 2, 2004

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

The Miami Hurricanes will have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball this season, and four play ...

Jesus Luzardo had yet to throw a single pitch as a professional baseball player in 2016 when he unde ...

Former Miami Hurricanes quarterback Robert Marve has been arrested in Hillsborough County on an out- ...

Mark Richt has led the Miami Hurricanes back into the national college football conversation during ...

University of Miami coach Mark Richt and his vaunted 2018 signing class, nicknamed #Storm18, should ...

A School of Communication associate professor played an important hand—an artistic one!—in World Cup ...

University of Miami law and political science professors weigh in on Trump’s SCOTUS nominee. ...

Research bioclimatologists with the UM Synoptic Climatology Lab counsel cities on how to manage risi ...

A UM-led study is examining how children’s play behavior at beaches could impact their health. ...

Political polarization, distrust in fact-based knowledge and verbal targeting may be fueling the ons ...

The University of Miami's volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (A ...

University of Miami head golf coach Patti Rizzo announced the 2018-19 schedule, featuring nine tourn ...

The Canes are well represented across the nation this summer with players competing in each of the t ...

The University of Miami had four student-athletes selected to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award ...

The University of Miami's Symone Mason closed out the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships with a ...

TMH Twitter
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.