No. 75 Wake Forest Falls 6-1 to No. 13 Miami
March 23, 2014
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Freshman Samantha Asch earned a dramatic 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (8) victory at No. 2 singles, but No. 75 Wake Forest fell 6-1 against No. 13 Miami at the Indoor Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.
Wake Forest (10-7, 2-6 ACC) ends its five-match homestand with a 2-3 record, but each of the three defeats came against ranked squads. Miami (14-2, 8-0 ACC) picked up its 10th consecutive victory and sports a perfect record in conference play.
In the race for the doubles point, Miami struck first with a victory at the No. 3 position. Stephanie Wagner and Lina Lileikite earned an 8-1 victory over Brigita Bercyte and Karen Forman to give the Hurricanes an early edge in the battle for the opening point.
At No. 1 doubles, three of the first five games were breaks as Xue Zhang and Kasey Gardiner kept pace with No. 14 Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno. The match stayed tight throughout as the sophomore duo stood strong against their formidable foes, but Miami finally claimed the 8-5 win and took a 1-0 overall lead in the match.
Miami claimed the overall match with straight-sets victories the Nos. 1, 4 and 5 to create an insurmountable 4-0 lead. At No. 5, Forman took five games off Albuquerque before falling 6-1, 6-4.
Fernandez, playing at No. 1 for the first time in her Wake Forest career, squared off against No. 61 Wagner of Miami. The freshman stayed on serve until the very end of the first set, but could not overcome the strong play of the Hurricanes' top singles player in a 6-4, 6-2 defeat.
At No. 4 singles, Zhang attempted to rally in the second set and closed to within 5-4, but ultimately fell 6-1, 6-4 against Bolivar to seal the victory for Miami.
With the overall match decided, both sides opted to play out the remaining three singles matches. Lileikite helped the Hurricanes add to their lead with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Gardiner at No. 3, making it 5-0 in Miami's favor.
Bercyte, playing in her first dual singles match of the season at No. 6, fell in a heartbreaker against Brittany Dubins. The senior dropped her first set in a tiebreak before rallying back to win the second, but she fell just short in the 10-point tiebreak in lieu of a third set, falling 6-7 (7), 6-3, 0-1 (7).
Wake Forest got on the board with the final match on the court that featured Asch drawing Riobueno at No. 2. Like Bercyte, Asch fell into a hole early after losing her first set, but the freshman showed excellent poise and stormed back to claim the second in a tiebreaker. With the 10-point tiebreak knotted up at 8-8, Asch won the final two points to post the 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (8) victory.
The Demon Deacons will return to action next Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. as they travel to face No. 57 NC State (7-5, 1-4 ACC) in Raleigh. Wake Forest has been dominant historically in the series against the Wolfpack, posting a superb 46-6 record against the in-state rival.
#13 Miami 6, #75 Wake Forest 1