University of Miami sophomore Sinead Lohan advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her third top-20 straight-set win of the spring.
Lohan, both ranked and seeded eighth, defeated No. 19 Brienne Minor of Michigan for the second time in the past week, picking up a 6-3, 6-4 victory at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus.
But senior Stephanie Wagner had her outstanding career come to an end against No. 24 Saska Gavrilovska of Texas A&M. Ranked ninth and seeded No. 9-16, Wagner dropped the close match, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.
“The conditions were pretty tough today with the wind, but I think that Sinead just got it done,” UM coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She did what she needed to do. She played the big points well today. She played smart in the win. She was lifting on the correct side, she was looking for the short balls and she beat a great player.”
Facing the same player she met in her most recent match in the NCAA Team Championship Sweet 16, Lohan held serve wire-to-wire against Minor.
At 2-2 in the first set, Lohan won three games in a row to go up 5-2. After a Minor hold, Lohan clinched the first set in the next game to take the opening set by the same score, 6-3, just as she did in her prior meeting against Minor last Thursday.
Minor opened the second set by taking her first lead in any of the four sets the duo played in Tulsa. That began a stretch of eight consecutive holds to begin set two.
Serving at 4-4, Minor double faulted all four points to give Lohan a 5-4 lead and the only break of the set. The Waterford, Ireland, native then sealed the win in the next game to move on to the Round of 32.
“Minor is a great player. To beat her two times in the last week, once inside and once outside, I think says a lot about where [Lohan] is mentally,” Yaroshuk-Tews said.
Wagner became the fifth player in program history to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship four times. After Wagner defeated Gavrilovska in the Sweet 16 of last year’s tournament, the Aggie came away with the victory this time.
UM sophomore Piotr Lomacki saw his season end in the Round of 64 at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships in Tulsa.
No. 43 Lomacki lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 to No. 16 Jared Hiltzik, a senior from the University of Illinois.
Lomacki cruised through his first set, 6-4, to take the match lead. Early in his second set he fell behind, 0-2, then farther to 2-5, but made a fierce comeback to even the score at 5-5. Lomacki was broken by Hiltzik to fall behind, 5-6, but Lomacki came back to tie the match again at 6-6, forcing a tiebreaker. The native of Warsaw, Poland, came up short in the tiebreaker. Miami’s sophomore was then outlasted in the third set, falling 6-0 to end the match.
Lomacki ends the spring season 14-9 and went 6-5 in the fall for a 20-14 overall record in his second campaign at UM.
track and field
Nova Southeastern sprints coach Jessica Cousins and distance coach Austin Warner snatched the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field South Region men’s and women’s assistant coach of the year awards.