University of Miami junior Stephanie Wagner and freshman Sinead Lohan both won their second round matches in straight sets Thursday to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tennis singles championships in Waco, Texas.
Wagner defeated No. 60 Beatrice Gumulya of Clemson, 6-2, 6-4, and Lohan took down No. 20 Caroline Price of North Carolina, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 to clinch All-America honors.
Meanwhile, Lina Lileikite andWagner dropped their match to No. 11 Lauren Herring and Ellen Perez in the first round of the doubles championship.
Lileikite, a senior, and Wagner, a junior, fell 6-2, 6-2 to the pair from Georgia.
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This was the first time Lileikite and Wagner played together in over two months, as their last match as a pair came March 17, also on Baylor’s courts.
“Steffi and Sinead are two great players. They have been leading our program all season,” Miami coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said.
“Having these two kids in the final 16 of the tournament I think just says a whole lot about all the work that they put in this season and says a lot about the future of our program.”
Although Lohan’s match started a few minutes earlier, it was Wagner who finished first, as she rolled to victory over Gumulya. The First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection dropped the first two games, and then rattled off six wins in a row to take the first set, 6-2.
Wagner, ranked No. 11 in the nation, took the first two games of set two to make it eight straight victories. Gumulya, a Second-Team All-ACC pick, then began to battle back and eventually tied the second set at 3-3.
The second-seeded Nova Southeastern Sharks won their second match in a 5-0 semifinal round shutout over third seed Central Missouri to advance to the championship round of match play at the Division II National Championships in Conover, North Carolina.
It’s the second consecutive year and third time in four seasons that the Sharks will advance to the final, where they will meet Sunshine State Conference rival Lynn on Friday.
Nova won each individual matchup by at least three strokes.
Lynn defeated No. 4 seed Saint Leo in the other half of the bracket, 4-1-0.
The Sharks look to build on last year's runnerup finish and claim their second-ever men's national title and first since 2012. The first of five individual matchups begins at 9 a.m. Friday.
Track and field
The Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the day with strong performances the Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championship in Allendale, Michigan.
Talyn Washington qualified for the finals in the 400-meter dash.
In the first heat of the event, he clocked in at 47.09 and finished third. Only the top two in each heat automatically qualified for the finals, leaving Washington to watch the second and third heats to see if he was one of the three fastest remaining runners.
In the end, his spot in the finals was never threatened, with Washington finishing with the fourth-best overall time and the fastest among non-automatic qualifiers. Washington will run in the 400-meter finals Saturday.