LOS ANGELES –The Miami Hurricanes women’s tennis team picked up three wins on the first day of qualifying singles and doubles at the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships on Monday.
Most notably, No. 54 Kelsey Laurente came up with a big win in her consolation match against 34th-ranked Beatrice Gumulya of Clemson. Laurente defeated her 6-1, 6-3, adding a signature win to her fall resume.
After coming up just short in a tough first round matchup against No. 65 Ruth Seaborne of Iowa, Laurente was able to clear her mind and gut out a win against a quality opponent.
"I was impressed with how Kelsey was able to reset and turn around to play a solid mental match in just 90 minutes after she came off the court in her first match,” Vallverdu said. “She is a very tough opponent when she is able to do that.”
On the doubles end, 27th-ranked Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno defeated Catherine Harrison and Morgan Thomas of UCLA by a score of 8-5 in the opening round of qualifying doubles.
"Clementina and Monique came out as the solid team they are on the doubles court and played a clean match until the end, assistant coach Laura Vallverdu said."
52nd-ranked Wagner faced a difficult first round opponent in North Carolina’s freshman Jamie Loeb, who was able to defeat her 6-2, 6-0.
No. 69 Riobueno also faced some stiff competition in her first round of singles, playing 85th-ranked Mai El Kamesh of Ole Miss. El Kamesh bested Riobueno in two sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Wagner also was able to prevail in her consolation match, defeating Missouri’s 72nd-ranked Cierra Gaytan-Leach. Wagner was able to assert her dominance early on and never looked back, winning the match 6-2, 6-2.
Riobueno, facing a difficult opponent in Oklahoma’s No. 47 Hermon Brhane, was defeated 6-4, 6-2 in her second singles match of the day.
The Hurricanes will get right back out on the court on Wednesday with doubles beginning at 1 p.m. and singles getting underway at 4 p.m.
#65 Ruth Seaborne (Iowa) def. #54 Kelsey Laurente (Miami) 6-4, 6-3
Jamie Loeb (North Carolina) def. #52 Stephanie Wagner (Miami) 6-2, 6-0
#85 Mai El Kamesh (Ole Miss) def. #69 Clementina Riobueno (Miami) 6-3, 6-3
#54 Kelsey Laurente (Miami) def. #34 Beatrice Gumulya (Clemson) 6-1, 6-3
#47 Herman Brhane (Oklahoma) def. #69 Clementina Riobueno (Miami) 6-4, 6-2
#52 Stephanie Wagner (Miami) def. #72 Cierra Gaytan-Leach (Missouri) 6-2, 6-2
#27 Monique Albuquerque/Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Catherine Harrison/Morgan Thomas (UCLA) 8-3
#47 Abigail Tere-Apisah/Masa Grgan (Georgia State) def. #54 Kelsey Laurente/Stephanie Wagner (Miami) 8-5