Women’s Tennis: Big end to regular season

The breaks just didn’t go Miami’s way last weekend as the ‘Canes fell to both Duke and North Carolina.

That changed this weekend, as Miami didn’t lose a point, defeating both Maryland and Boston College to conclude their regular season.

The victories end the regular season for Miami (17-5, 8-3 ACC), who are ranked No. 10 in the country, according to the International Tennis Federation.

Friday’s big story was the historic performance of senior Audrey Banada. Banada, ranked No. 44 by the ITF, became Miami’s all-time leader in both singles and doubles.

Banada defeated Maryland’s Brooke Rogers in dominant fashion, 6-0, 6-1. The win put her beyond Miami’s former All-American Ronni Reis, who recorded 103 wins from 1985-1988.

The doubles performance was equally as overpowering, as she and partner Gina Sabatino defeated Lisa Miller and Elyse Steiner 8-0. Banada’s doubles record is now 131-32, well beyond former Hurricane Melissa Applebaum’s 107-34 record.

Banada is the first ‘Cane to hold the singles and doubles record since Lise Gregory in 1987.

Banada’s performance matched her team’s output, as they swept the Terps 7-0. ITF No. 1 ranked Audra Cohen lost only one game to Maryland’s Marianne Baker, 6-1, 6-0. In fact, no ‘Cane lost a set to the Terrapins, with freshman Laura Vallverdu coming the closest to going into a third set. She defeated Michal Amir 6-1, 6-2.

The performance Saturday was not as historic, but equally dominant. No. 14-ranked Laura Vallverdu was taken into a tiebreaker, but held, and again the Hurricanes didn’t give up a set. Vallverdu defeated Dasha Cherkasov (BC) 7-5, 6-1, and the ‘Canes defeated the Eagles, 7-0, on Senior Day.

Cohen defeated Lana Krasnopolsky, 6-1, 6-1, and the record-breaker Banada extended her mark, picking up a singles victory over Lauren Cash, 6-1, 6-0 and a doubles victory, as she and Sabatino defeated Brittany Delaney and Gia Nafarrete, 8-2.

The match, which wasrescheduled from Sunday to Saturday due to possible inclement weather, went all for the Hurricanes.

Every singles and doubles match was picked up by Miami.

The ‘Canes now prepare for the ACC Championships, which will take place at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina this Thursday through Sunday. Miami advanced to the ACC final last year, where they were defeated by the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech.

Matthew Bunch may be contacted at

April 17, 2007


The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami

Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • Error

The University of Miami has a starting quarterback. On Tuesday, 11 days before the 2017 home opener, ...

Mark Richt, pleased and seemingly confident about his selection of redshirt junior Malik Rosier as t ...

Once known as ‘Quarterback U,’ the Miami Hurricanes have a spotty record of producing top signal cal ...

View photos from the Miami Hurricanes' football practice on Tues., Aug. 22, 2017 … Click to Con ...

Duke Johnson, the all-time leading rusher in Miami Hurricanes history, was one of a dozen members of ...

Students and faculty gathered at the Rock to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse. ...

UM’s new chief academic officer holds some 40 patents, and in 2017 was inducted into the National Ac ...

University of Miami students and researchers are blogging during a month-long expedition in the Gulf ...

The University of Miami has embarked on an ambitious 10-year housing plan that will transform the st ...

María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad, a world-renowned economist and former ambassador, fills a new role for ...

RSS Error: A feed could not be found at A feed with an invalid mime type may fall victim to this error, or SimplePie was unable to auto-discover it.. Use force_feed() if you are certain this URL is a real feed.

TMH Twitter Feed
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 on Thursdays during the regular academic year.