W. Tennis Claims Miami Spring Invite Title
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - After a weekend of facing three ranked teams, No. 11 Texas, No. 14 Texas A&M and No. 26 Vanderbilt, the ninth-ranked Hurricanes came out on top, winning the Miami Spring Invite at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
"This was a real fun weekend of tennis at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center," said Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. "Regardless of which court you were watching, you were seeing just amazing tennis."
The Canes picked up 15 points with a pair of wins in doubles play, including Brittany Dubins and Kelsey Laurente's 8-5 win over the nation's seventh-ranked duo, Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov of Texas A&M.
At No. 1 doubles, Lina Lileikite and freshman Stephanie Wagner outpaced the Aggies' Wen Sun and Nazari Urbina, 8-5.
In singles play, three of Miami's four wins came from freshmen, including a 6-4, 6-3 decision by UM's 92nd-ranked Wagner over Texas' Elizabeth Begley.
The other two freshmen winners showed their fight as both Clementina Riobueno (6-4, 4-6, 10-5) and Deborah Suarez (2-6, 7-5, 11-9) battled to three-set wins over Lina Padegimaite and Lana Groenvynck, respectively.
Junior Brittany Dubins easily dispatched the Longhorns' Juliana in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
"Our team improved each day and that's all a coach can ask for," added Yaroshuk-Tews. "Our young players are growing up fast and beginning to transition to the next level."
Miami ended the three-day event with 87 points, while Vanderbilt closed on the final day with 86. Texas and Texas A&M rounded out the teams with 85 and 81 points, respectively.
"Speaking in behalf of all the programs, I couldn't have been happier to see these four teams competing at this level for three consecutive days," said Yaroshuk-Tews. "We are all better programs at the end of this weekend than we were at the beginning."
SPRING INVITE FORMAT OF PLAY
There will be no team scoring at this weekend's event, as everyone is competing as an individual.
Each team will play three rounds of doubles and three rounds of singles. There will be eight flights in singles and four flights in doubles. Each day will consist of eight doubles matches and 16 singles matches. The third set will be played to completion in singles. Points will be allotted for each win based on the following decreasing point value to determine the champion (singles and doubles) at the end of the weekend.
Win at No. 1 position -- 8 points
Win at No. 2 position -- 7 points
Win at No. 3 position -- 6 points
Win at No. 4 position -- 5 points
Win at No. 5 position -- 4 points
Win at No. 6 position -- 3 points
Win at No. 7 position -- 2 points
Win at No. 8 position -- 1 point
Friday, Jan. 25 -- vs. Hawaii (Neil Schiff Tennis Center), 10 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26 -- vs. Arizona State or Oklahoma (Neil Schiff Tennis Center), Time TBA