For the first time in program history, a University of Miami women’s tennis player has advanced to the final of the prestigious Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, California.
Sophomore Sinead Lohan cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over No. 29 Ellen Perez of Georgia on Saturday at the Riviera Tennis Club to earn a berth in Sunday’s final.
The win over Perez gave Lohan, who went 38-8 en route to ITA All-American honors as a freshman, her fifth win of the young fall season against a player in the ITA top 30. She is 8-1 overall, with a 6-1 mark against ranked players.
Four of those top-30 wins have come in this tournament, as Lohan first knocked off third-ranked and second-seeded Julia Elbaba (Virginia) in the first round, followed by No. 18 Rachel Pierson (Texas A&M), No. 15 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) and now Perez.
The other tournament finalist has yet to be determined, but it will either be fourth-ranked and third-seeded Maegan Manasse (California) or eighth-ranked and seventh-seeded Danielle Collins (Virginia).
Lohan’s victory Saturday also clinched an automatic trip to the esteemed USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships from Nov. 12-15 in Flushing Meadows, New York.
▪ Saint Leo 1, Nova Southeastern 0: Nova Southeastern (5-5-0, 1-3-0 Sunshine State Conference) lost a heartbreaker on the road to Saint Leo (4-4-0, 2-2-0 SSC) on a goal allowed in the 80th minute.
▪ St. Thomas 3, Ave Maria 0: Host St. Thomas (6-5, 3-2 TSC) earned its sixth win of the season, blanking Ave Maria (5-6, 1-4 TSC). The victory was the third in Sun Conference play for the Bobcats, who got goals from Amyah Banks, Adriana Prieto and Ana Parra. Cristina Garwacki earned her third shutout of the season.
▪ Barry 3, Embry-Riddle 2: Host Barry rallied to beat Embry-Riddle 18-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-17, 15-12.
Eva Raat had 19 kills, five blocks and hit .389. Kaitlin Drake had 13 kills and 11 digs. Jasmine Serna and Jenny Trinidad each had 22 assists, and combined for 25 digs and four aces. Ivana Didanovic had eight kills and seven blocks, and Brittany Jaco chipped in 26 digs and eight assists.
▪ Eckerd 3, Nova Southeastern 0: Visiting Nova Southeastern (11-6, 4-3 SSC) closed out its weekend conference road trip with a loss to Eckerd (8-7, 3-4 SSC). The Sharks fell in straight sets 25-22, 27-25, 25-23.
The Nova Southeastern cross-country teams completed their fourth official race of the fall season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The men finished the 8K placing fifth out of 25 teams, setting a program record with an average time of 26:13 and scoring 134 total points. The women, with a larger pool of competitors, finished the 5K placing 11th out of 34 teams, with an average time of 20:13 and 345 points.