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Ticket Punched to ITA Nationals With 4-3 Win

January 26, 2013

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The ninth-ranked University of Miami women's tennis team secured its spot in the ITA National Team Indoors, with its 4-3 victory over No. 35 Arizona State Saturday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

The Hurricanes' newest member, Clementina Riobueno, battled back from a 4-1 third-set deficit to seal her team's victory over a feisty Sun Devil squad. In the process, Riobueno and the Canes moved to 4-0 on the season and will head to Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 8-11 to participate in the ITA National Indoor Tournament.

No. 35 Arizona State vs. No. 9 Miami
3-1 4-0
#1 Singles
1 2 3
  Jacqueline Cako 6 7  
  Lina Lileikite 0 5  
#2 Singles
1 2 3
  Desirau Krawczyk 2
  Kelsey Laurente
  #3 Singles 1 2 3
  Stephanie Vlad 2

  Melissa Bolivar
  #4 Singles 1 2 3
  Leighann Sahagun 2
7 (4)
  Stephanie Wagner

  #5 Singles 1 2 3
  Ebony Panoho 7 2 4
  Clementina Riobueno
5 6 6
  #6 Singles 1 2 3
  Joanna Smith 2
  Deborah Suarez
  #1 Doubles 1 2  
  Cako/N. Smith
  Lileikite/Wagner 6    
  #2 Doubles 1 2  
  Panoho/J. Smith 4    
  Bolivar/Riobueno 8    
  #3 Doubles 1 2  
  Laurente/Dubins 6    

"This was a big step for our program," said UM head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. "We'll take this momentum moving forward."

For the first time this season, Miami dropped the doubles point. However, a day after a tough three-set match, Melissa Bolivar tied the match at one, claiming a 6-2, 6-1 victory over the Sun Devils' Stephanie Vlad.

After Lina Lileikite's 0-6, 5-7 loss at No. 1 to ASU's Jacqueline Cako, the Canes found themselves down 2-1. Moments later, Deborah Suarez tied it once again as she downed Joanna Smith 6-2, 6-2. The win kept the freshman perfect in dual matches on the season and gave her a team best seventh singles victory.

Freshman Kelsey Laurente gave Miami the lead for the first time at 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over 86th-ranked Desirae Krawczyk.

The Canes trailed in the third set in each of its two remaining matches, creating plenty of tension for the home team.

Yaroshuk-Tews said, "Being down 5-2 in the third on court four and 4-1 on court five and then pulling out the win says a lot about these young players.

"I wasn't too happy about why we were in those situations, but, I was happy about how we got through it."

Riobueno rose to the occasion for her team as she won five consecutive games, overcoming that 4-1 deficit in the third set.  

Stephanie Wagner was also in a three-set thriller. After winning the first set, she dropped the second to Leighann Sahagun and trailed the third, three games to five. The freshman fought back and forced a tiebreak. Sahagun would go on to win the match 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) after Miami had already earned its fourth point.

Bolivar and Riobueno gave the Canes the first doubles match at the No. 2 position (8-4). Setting up a dramatic doubles finish.

Laurente and Dubins trailed 6-0 in their match at No. 3 doubles, before rallying to tie things up at 6-6. However, Arizona State took the next two games, winning, 8-6.

Lileikite and Wagner were behind seven games to five in their match against Cako and Nicole Smith. The Miami duo closed the gap to 7-6 and took a brief lead in the next game, but ASU held serve to win the match and the doubles-clinching point, 8-6.

Before heading to Charlottesville, the Hurricanes will play host to North Florida at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 2. The match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Singles competition
1. Jacqueline Cako (ASU) def. #57 Lina Lileikite (UM) 6-0, 7-5
2. #51 Kelsey Laurente (UM) def. #86 Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Melissa Bolivar (UM) def. Stephanie Vlad (ASU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. #92 Stephanie Wagner (UM) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. Ebony Panoho (ASU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
6. Deborah Suarez (UM) def. Joanna Smith (ASU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Jacqueline Cako/Nicole Smith (ASU) def. Lina Lileikite/Stephanie Wagner (UM) 8-6
2. Melissa Bolivar/Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. Ebony Panoho/Joanna Smith (ASU) 8-4
3. Desirae Krawczyk/Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Kelsey Laurente/Brittany Dubins (UM) 8-6

Order of Finish
Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,6,2,5,4)