Spring Gear Shop Store
Spring Game
MBB NIT header

Match Point: Deborah Suarez

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 04/01/2013
Send this article to a friend Print RSS
Article Image

By Amanda Phillips


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Deborah Suarez was destined to play tennis.

Growing up surrounded by the sport, tennis is in her blood.

“I started because my family plays tennis,” Suarez said. “My aunt used to be No. 1 in the country in Venezuela and my mom played tennis, as well.”

Born in Venezuela and moving to the United States around the age of four, Suarez was very active as a kid.

“I did other little sports just for fun.” Suarez said. “I did karate, basketball and soccer.”

Tennis was always her main focus and Suarez knew where she wanted to play collegiately.

“Miami was always my first choice,” Suarez said.

Miami women’s tennis head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews remembers Suarez standing out during the recruitment process.

“Deborah told me in the recruiting process something that I’ve never heard from a recruit,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She said, ‘I don’t want to go anywhere other than the University of Miami. I’m not taking trips anywhere. I’m not looking anywhere else.’”

Suarez grew up in Weston, Fla., but coming to the University of Miami was about more than just being close to home.

“I just really liked the coaches, and the environment, and their philosophy on tennis and what they believe in,” Suarez said. “They have very good, structured training.”

An important part of the University of Miami women’s tennis team philosophy is having a short-term memory.

“If we lose a big match, we have to go get ready for the next one,” Suarez said. “So we can’t really carry things over from one match to the other.”

Having short-term memory has helped the 18-year-old capture several big wins for the Hurricanes. Earlier this season, she defeated Kristina Schleich of 25th –ranked Florida State and Wen-Sun, the No. 82 singles player in the nation, of 14th –ranked Texas A&M.

Coach Yaroshuk-Tews believes the talented freshman will continue to improve in her time at Miami.

“She brings fire, she brings fight, she brings what I stand for with that never say die mentality,“ Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I think she’s going to get so much better the longer that she’s here.”

While she has a bright future on the horizon, Suarez is really excited for the future the Hurricanes have.

“The good thing is that all eight girls on the team, we have them for the rest of this season and all of next year,” Suarez said. “So that’s really cool that no one’s leaving.”

Sunday, March 29
Women's Tennis at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va.
10:00 AM
Thursday, April 02
Women's Tennis vs. Duke
Coral Gables, Fla.
5:00 PM
Saturday, April 04
Women's Tennis vs. North Carolina
Coral Gables, Fla.
11:00 AM
Friday, April 10
Women's Tennis at Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind.
3:30 PM
Sunday, April 12
Women's Tennis at Louisville
Louisville, Ky.
11:00 AM
Saturday, April 18
Women's Tennis vs. Florida State
Coral Gables, Fla.
3:00 PM
Sunday, April 19
Women's Tennis vs. Pittsburgh
Coral Gables, Fla.
11:00 AM
Wednesday, April 22
Women's Tennis at ACC Championships
Cary, N.C.
Friday, May 08
Women's Tennis at NCAA Regionals
Thursday, May 14
Women's Tennis at NCAA Championships
Waco, Texas
Wednesday, May 20
Women's Tennis at NCAA Individual Championships
Waco, Texas
Shula's 347 Grill
Casual Eatery
More Info
View More Dining Options
Holiday Inn
Coconut Grove/Coral Gables
Book Today
View More Hotel options
Aventura Worldwide
Transportation Service
More Info
Visit Travel Center
Coca Cola