No. 16 Miami (Fla.) comes out on top against No. 15 Clemson 4-3
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The Hurricanes overcame an early deficit to take down the 15th-ranked Tigers 4-3 on the road Sunday afternoon.
Sticking with the same doubles lineup that produced a win at Florida State on Friday, Miami (15-4, 10-2) came up on the wrong end of a close match at No. 1 doubles, signaling a 1-0 lead for the host Tigers.
At the top doubles spot was Clementina Riobueno and Kelsey Laurente, who went back and forth with Yana Koroleva and Romy Koelzer in a tight match. Down 3-1, Miami won four of the next five games to take a 5-4 lead, before Clemson regained the lead 7-6. Miami evened the match at seven games apiece but Clemson edged out the Canes for an 8-7 win.
Monique Albuquerque and Melissa Bolivar fell 8-5 at two doubles to Tristen Dewar and Beatrice Gumulya. The match was tied 3-3 before Clemson took control en route to the victory.
The three doubles match featuring Stephanie Wagner and Lina Lileikite against Kessy Rompies and Joana Eidukonyte went unfinished with a score of 7-7. Miami trailed in the match 6-4 before making a comeback to even the match 7-7 when it was stopped early.
Lina Lileikite evened the match score at 1-1 after dismissing No. 124 Gumulya in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. In the first set Lileikite went up 5-2 early on and took control of the match. After her 6-4 opening-set victory, Lileikite raced to a 6-2 win in the second.
No. 48 Wagner delivered an impressive performance against 46th-ranked Koroleva at No. 1 singles. In a tight first set that was tied 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5, Wagner prevailed for a 7-5 opening-set win. In the second set Wagner was able to continue her momentum from the first and cruise to 6-2 win.
Holding onto a 2-1 lead in the match, Albuquerque remained red hot for the Hurricanes, jetting out to a 6-3, 6-3 win against Eidukonyte. The win for Albuquerque was her 14th in a row and 18th overall this spring.
Playing against No. 108 Dewar at No. 4 singles, Riobueno jumped out to a 6-3 win in the first set after getting a lead early. The second set required a little more work as Riobueno started down two games to none. After facing that early deficit, Riobueno battled back to eventually win 7-6 in a tiebreaker to give Miami the match victory.
After taking the No. 4 singles first set against Jessy Rompies, Melissa Bolivar fell behind 5-2 in the second set and eventually fell 6-3, forcing a third set. Rompies gained a 5-1 lead in the third set en route to her win.
In a long three-set match, 54th-ranked Laurente fell in the opening set to No. 37 Romy Kolzer 6-2, but rebounded for a 6-4 win in the second. In another tight set in the third, Laurente jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Despite her 3-0 advantage to start the third, Koelzer regained her momentum and defeated Laurente 7-5.