Women’s tennis defeats Florida Atlantic, completes back-to-back 7-0 sweeps for first time since 2016

No. 23-ranked Miami women’s tennis didn’t waste any time posting back-to-back 7-0 sweeps for the first time in six years.

The Hurricanes (2-0), ranked 24th nationally prior to Wednesday’s ITA rankings, blazed past Florida Atlantic (2-2) at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center to begin the home stretch of their dual match competition on Tuesday. No UM women’s squad had swept two opponents in a row in a 7-0 manner since its 2016 matches over Boston College and Clemson. UM defeated Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Florida, Thursday.

“The ladies competed well today. We’re a tight group and we believe. I’m really excited for what is around the corner,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said.

A strong Miami start involved sophomores Audrey Boch-Collins and Isabella Pfennig defeating Millie-Mae Matthews and Amber McGinnis 6-2. Veterans No. 40 Daevenia Achong and Eden Richardson followed through with a 6-4 victory against Katerina Filip and Martina Kudelova, lifting the Hurricanes to the doubles point.

Second doubles were left unfinished, however. Third-year sophomores Diana Khodan and Maya Tahan went out locked in a 4-4 match across from Greta Schieroni and Lexi Silna.

Khodan and Tahan mirrored the Hurricanes’ doubles successes in singles. Khodan dismantled McGinnis 6-2, 6-2 and Tahan beat Matthews 6-0, 6-4.

Sophomore Maya Tahan prepares to hit a forehand volley at the Miami Spring Invite Event on Jan. 14, 2022 at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. Tahan competed with fellow sophomore, Diana Khodan, as doubles partners.
Sophomore Maya Tahan prepares to hit a forehand volley at the Miami Spring Invite Event on Jan. 14, 2022 at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. Tahan competed with fellow sophomore, Diana Khodan, as doubles partners. Photo credit: Dan Snitzer

Then, in her second match as a Hurricane, Richardson gained a 6-4, 6-1 win against Kudelova. The LSU transfer and native of Bath, England, gave UM its 34th all-time over FAU.

Boch-Collins garnered her fifth consecutive singles victory in a 6-2, 6-1 result. No. 76 Pfennig needed three sets in a duel versus Filip after falling the first 3-6 to complete the Miami sweep after a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5) final.

Sophomore Audrey Boch-Collins hits a forehand shot at the Miami Spring Invite Event on Jan. 14, 2022 at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
Sophomore Audrey Boch-Collins hits a forehand shot at the Miami Spring Invite Event on Jan. 14, 2022 at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. Photo credit: Dan Snitzer

Up next, UM is at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Waco, Texas, on Friday. The Hurricanes’ opponent will be No. 17 USC as action is set to begin at noon ET.