Wagner, Lileikite Win Singles Finals
CORAL GABLES, Fla.—In the final day of the University of Miami Invite, the Hurricanes went 7-1 in their remaining singles matches, including two wins in the singles finals.
“Wagner and Lileikite had a great weekend of tennis,” head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “They both seemed to get better as the weekend progressed. We saw some good doubles play from teams we were expecting great things from and who haven't played since NCAAs in May.”
In the orange singles finals, No. 52 Stephanie Wagner defeated No. 55 Mai El Kamash. Wagner dominated the 55th-ranked player from Ole Miss, winning in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.
On the next court over, Hurricanes Melissa Bolivar and No. 84 Lina Lileikite battled against each other in the green singles final. In a back-and-forth three-set match, Lileikite won the first set in a tiebreaker, Bolivar bounced back and took the second set 6-2, and in the final set Lileikite prevailed 6-3.
Deborah Suarez, facing Ole Miss’ Iris Verboven in the green singles flight, won the first set in a tiebreaker before pulling away in the second set to win 7-5, 6-1.
In the match for fifth place, No. 54 Kelsey Laurente fell to 39th-ranked Carolina Rhode Moe from Ole Miss, 6-3, 6-1.
In the third place game of the orange singles bracket, junior Monique Albuquerque defeated Purdue’s Mara Schmidt in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
“Albuquerque had a few nice wins and she heading in the right direction,” Yaroshuk-Tews said.
Playing in the orange consolation final against Jen Pfeifler, No. 69 Clementina Riobueno took care of business, defeating the junior from Auburn in two sets 6-3, 6-0.
“I'm happy to see Riobueno bring her personality on court and compete her tail off,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She also ended the tournament on a high note.”
Brittany Dubins was matched up against Cristina Valladares in the third place match of the green draw. After dropping the first set to the senior from Barry, Dubins won the next two sets to win the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
The Hurricanes will now begin preparations for the ITA Women’s Regional. The tournament begins Friday, Oct. 18 in Athens, Ga.
No. 39 Caroline Rhode Moe (Ole Miss) def. Kelsey Laurente (Miami) 6-3, 6-1
Deborah Suarez (Miami) def. Iris Verboven (Ole Miss) 7-5, 6-1
No. 52 Stephanie Wagner def. No. 55 Mai El Kamash (Ole Miss) 6-0, 6-1
No. 84 Lina Lileikite (Miami) def. Melissa Bolivar (Miami) 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
Monique Albuquerque (Miami) def. Mara Schmidt (Purdue) 6-3, 6-3
Brittany Dubins (Miami) def. Cristina Valladares (Barry) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 69 Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Jen Pfeifler (Auburn) 6-3, 6-0