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Women’s Basketball

Head Coach Katie Meier announced the appointment of Lonnette Hall on Sept. 8 as the new assistant coach to the Miami women’s basketball team. Hall previously served as the women’s basketball Director of Basketball Operations and is replacing former Assistant Coach Tombi Bell, who left UM in August.

Hall has been an assistant coach at the collegiate level in various capacities at such institutions as Texas Christian University, Arkansas State, Wisconsin- La Crosse, and Cal State Northridge.

Hall has experience in guiding a team to success. During her tenure at TCU, Hall helped the Lady Frogs reach the NCAA tournament three consecutive years in a row.

Men’s Tennis

The Hurricanes are the only Atlantic Coast Conference team with three ranked singles players in the Fila/ITA preseason rankings.

Senior Luigi D’Agord, the anchor of the team, is ranked No. 3 nationally. D’Agord finished last season 36-5 and won the 2006 ACC Player of the year after bowing out of the NCAA tournament in the round of 16, breaking a 21 match win streak.

Senior Josh Cohen and sophomore Daniel Vallverdu are nationally ranked No. 54 and No. 70 respectively. Vallverdu won the 2006 ACC Freshman of the Year and earned All-American status for his doubles play.

D’Agord and Vallverdu earned the No. 4 spot in the preseason rankings in doubles.

Women’s Tennis

University of Miami’s women’s tennis Head Coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews announced the addition of three new players for the upcoming 2006-2007 season.

The three players joining the ‘Canes this season include Clemson transfer Romy Farah, Boston University transfer Gina Sabatino and freshman Laura Vallverdu from Spain.

During Farah’s freshman year at Clemson last year, she finished with a 25-13 record. Farah completed the season in the No. 58 position in the country. Her efforts helped the Tigers reach the NCAA Final Four.

Sabatino played two seasons at Boston University and put together a combined record of 32-22. She is a former America East Rookie of the Year.

Vallverdu has recorded a career-high WTA ranking of 566 in singles and 493 in doubles. She won two International Tennis Federation double titles and in 2005.

Information complied from hurricanesports.com

September 15, 2006

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