CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The 20th-ranked Miami Hurricanes women’s tennis team returns to action this Friday, Feb. 28 when they host 56th-ranked Boston College in a 12 p.m. dual match.
The dual match with the Eagles Friday marks the third of four ACC home matches to open up conference play. The Hurricanes went 2-0 last weekend against Maryland and Notre Dame and continue their home stand on Sunday, Mar. 2 when No. 19 Georgia Tech comes to Miami.
“Once your ACC season begins there is no looking back,” head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Every match is a tough match and every team is a good team. Everybody wants to take us down and we’ve got to be on our toes and ready to go.”
Boston College enters the match against Miami with a 7-2 spring record and 0-2 in ACC play with losses coming against 3rd-ranked Virginia and No. 11 North Carolina.
The Eagles have one player who appears in the latest ITA Women’s Singles rankings and that’s Katya Vasilyev, who has an 8-8 singles record this spring.
“Again, the focus has to be more on us though, taking care of the things that we are in control of,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Sometimes in sports you start focusing on your opponent and their weaknesses and we don’t do well as a team when we start talking about our opponent’s weaknesses too much. We play our best tennis when we hold ourselves to high expectations and we try to meet those within our program and ourselves.”
Both riding two-match winning streaks, Miami’s Kelsey Laurente and Stephanie Wagner once again appeared in the latest rankings. Laurente checks in at No. 40 in the rankings and Wagner—fresh of an ACC Player of the Week award—is ranked No. 71.
The Hurricanes’ one-doubles team of Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno remained in the poll at No. 24, while Miami’s Laurente and Melissa Bolivar appeared for the first time this season at No. 48.
Albuquerque and Riobueno enter the match with an 8-1 record and Laurente and Bolivar sit at 7-1. Collectively, the Hurricane doubles teams have taken care of business, dropping just six matches this entire season with a record of 23-6.