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Hurricanes rout Quinnipiac 5-0 to advance to second round of NCAA tennis tournament

Sinead Lohan defeats Rachel Horton 6-0, 6-2, as seventh-ranked University of Miami women's tennis team hosts Quinnipiac in the opening round of the NCAA Division I women's tennis tournament on Friday, May 13, 2016.
Sinead Lohan defeats Rachel Horton 6-0, 6-2, as seventh-ranked University of Miami women's tennis team hosts Quinnipiac in the opening round of the NCAA Division I women's tennis tournament on Friday, May 13, 2016. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The seventh-ranked Miami Hurricanes advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division I women’s tennis tournament Friday by crushing Quinnipiac 5-0 in 90 minutes — the fastest UM team victory all season and 15th consecutive year the Hurricanes have advanced to the NCAA’s Round of 32.

Tying a UM career record for singles victories in the process: senior Stephanie Wagner, who now has 133 victories to tie former UM great Bianca Eichkorn — both from Germany.

“Honestly, I haven’t really been thinking about it,’’ said Wagner, who is 133-42 all-time at Miami. “It’s just a number. I’m more excited about what’s in front of us as a team and what’s in front of me individually. But, obviously, it feels good and it’s cool to be there with another German.’’

The Canes (20-5) will meet No. 37 TCU (16-6) at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on campus in Coral Gables. The Horned Frogs defeated No. 29 Wichita State 4-3 Friday before UM’s match.

A UM victory Saturday would send the Hurricanes to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the 11th consecutive season, all of them under coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. This year’s NCAA team championship will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma, beginning Thursday.

“We’ve got to be on our toes for [Saturday],’’ said Yaroshuk-Tews, whose Canes (20-5) have won at least 20 matches in a season for 11 of the past 13 years. “We expected TCU and Wichita State to be solid coming in here. I’m happy. Let’s go. One more. We’ve got to get to Tulsa.”

Miami clinched its final three singles victories Friday within a minute of one another. Despite NCAA tournament matches ending when a team reaches four points, the final two Hurricanes’ singles matches ended simultaneously.

Together, earning one of the five points: doubles teams Sinead Lohan and Clara Tanielian, and Silvia Funetes and Ana Madcur.

Singles victories, worth one point apiece, went to No. 1 Wagner over Sophia Dzulynsky 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 Lohan 6-0, 6-2 over Rachel Horton; No. 3 Wendy Zhang 6-1, 6-0 over Sitilia Rencheli; and No. 4 Silvia Fuentes 6-0, 6-0 over Jennifer Lu.

“We knew we needed to have high energy, be aggressive and make good decisions,’’ Lohan said. “We know TCU is a very good team, and we saw them playing [Friday] for a while. They’re feisty, and they’re tough. But we’re tougher.’’

UM won its first 21 of 22 games.

Quinnipiac coach Paula Miller, whose Bobcats advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third year as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, was nonetheless proud of her players.

“It’s the most games we’ve ever gotten in the NCAAs against any team — [16] total games,’’ Miller said. “We’re improving, we’re playing harder. But they’re No. 7 in the nation. What were we going to do?”

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