CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The 11th-ranked University of Miami women's tennis team will resume its spring schedule on Saturday with its conference opener, hosting 25th-ranked FSU at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center at 11 a.m.
The Hurricanes (6-2) were last in action at the ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships. After a 4-2 win over 17th-ranked Nebraska, the Canes fell to No. 2 UCLA and No. 14 Northwestern by the same score.
Though suffering two tough losses, Miami saw extremely strong performances from several freshmen. Stephanie Wagner walked away with singles victories against players from both Northwestern and Nebraska, and lost a heartbreaker against a player from UCLA, dropping two straight sets that went into tiebreakers. She and partner Lina Lileikite (nationally ranked #42 as a duo) also helped the Canes win the doubles point against UCLA, defeating the No. 16 doubles team in the nation and dealing the Bruins their first lost doubles point of the season.
Classmate Clementina Riobueno continued her great start on the court with singles victories in each of the three matches she played during the weekend. Teaming with Monique Albuquerque, the duo didn't finish their match against Northwestern but defeated both opponents from UCLA and Nebraska. Riobueno improved to 8-0 in dual matches this season.
FSU is having a solid season, putting together a 6-1 record and cracking the Top 25 for the first time since Feb. 22, 2012. The Seminoles' only loss this season came at the hands of 19th-ranked Baylor. In their most recent match against Georgia State, the Noles won the doubles point and four singles matches to down the Panthers, 5-2. Seniors Francesca Segarelli and Amy Sargeant have each won nine consecutive singles matches, becoming the first FSU pair to do so since 1999.
In last year's meeting between the two teams, Miami came out on top with a 5-2 victory.
The first 50 fans through the gates at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center will be given Sebatian the Ibis sunglasses and picture with Sebastian the Ibis himself.