CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The No. 8 Virginia women’s tennis team (12-4, 8-3 ACC) closed out its weekend Florida road trip with a 4-3 loss at No. 26 Miami (11-6, 8-4 ACC) on Sunday (Apr. 4) in Coral Gables, Fla.
Virginia won the doubles point and held a 3-2 advantage, but the Hurricanes won the final two courts to pick up the victory.
In doubles, senior Rosie Johanson (Vancouver, Canada) and freshman Emma Navarro (Charleston, S.C.) opened the match with a 6-1 win over 20th-ranked Diana Khodan/Maya Tahan on court two. Junior Amber O’Dell (New Milford, N.J.) and senior Vivian Glozman (Bellevue, Wash.) followed with a 6-3 win on court three to secure the point.
Miami took a 2-1 lead in the match after picking up straight-set victories on singles courts five and six. Sophomore Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, Va.) tied things up by winning a tiebreaker 7-1 to decide her second set, giving her a 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory over No. 17 Isabella Pfenning on court two. Johanson followed with a 7-5, 6-3 victory on court three to give the Cavaliers a 3-2 advantage.
Court one featured a top-10 showdown between Navarro, ranked No. 6, and the 2019 NCAA Singles Champion Estella Perez-Somerriba, currently ranked No. 4. Navarro took the first set in a dominant 6-1 fashion but was edged 6-4 in the second set. Perez-Somerriba took the third set 6-3 to hand Navarro the first loss of her career.
With the match tied 3-3, it all came down to court four where Florencia Urrutia and freshman Hibah Shaikh (Teaneck, N.J.) had split sets and were in the middle of the third set. Shaikh saved one match point but succumbed on Urrutia’s second attempt to fall 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
- Emma Navarro started her career 14-0 at No. 1 singles before today’s loss
- Rosie Johanson extended her singles win streak to 10 matches
FROM HEAD COACH SARA O’LEARY
“It’s always a tough weekend playing on the road at FSU and Miami. Congrats to both teams. They played and competed well. Both matches showed us some areas we need to work on. We were right there in both matches and sometimes it’s just a few small things that make the difference. You only learn what those differences are by putting yourself out there and competing. Now we just need to get back to work and prepare for next weekend.”
ON THE HORIZON
- Virginia closes out the regular season next weekend with two matches in North Carolina, playing at Wake Forest on Friday, April 9 and at NC State on Sunday, April 11
#26 Miami 4, #8 Virginia 3
- #4 E. Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. #6 Emma Navarro (VA) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
- #35 Natasha Subhash (VA) def. #17 Isabella Pfennig (UM) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
- #101 Rosie Johanson (VA) def. Daevenia Achong (UM) 7-5, 6-3
- Florencia Urrutia (UM) def. Hibah Shaikh (VA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
- Diana Khodan (UM) def. Vivian Glozman (VA) 6-2, 6-2
- Maya Tahan (UM) def. Amber O’Dell (VA) 6-1, 6-1
- #19 E. Perez-Somarriba/Isabella Pfennig (UM) vs. #29 Sofia Munera/Natasha Subhash (VA) 5-4, unfinished
- #41 Rosie Johanson/Emma Navarro (VA) def. #20 Diana Khodan/Maya Tahan (UM) 6-1
- #52 Vivian Glozman/Amber O’Dell (VA) def. Daevenia Achong/Florencia Urrutia (UM) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,5,3,2,1,4)