After a brief downpour soaked the courts minutes before the match, a crew of people – complete with leaf blowers, rollers and other types of equipment – labored tirelessly to dry the area.
Turns out, they received a bigger workout than the Canes, who breezed past number one. 71 Syracuse, 4-0, after their two-and-a-half-hour rain delay at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center Friday evening for their second consecutive sweep. No. 14 Miami did not drop a set all day.
“I’m just happy with the energy, we’re happy with the way the ball hit,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We took care of business a timely fashion and did what we needed to do. ”
The Orange (9-10, 3-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) featured two top-100 doubles pairs, but the quick work of the Hurricanes (15-4, 9-3 ACC) made them.
On Court 1, fourth-year junior Daevenia Achong and fifth-year senior Eden Richardson, together at No. 28, took less than 20 minutes to beat No. 86 Shiori Ito and Sofya Treshcheva 6-0.
Third-year sophomore Maya Tahan, who will most likely make the No. Diana with 59 doubles duo Khodanwas paired with freshman After a third straight match for Tatyana Nikolenko, the Ukrainian tore her ACL a few weeks back. A tightly contested match in the deciding factor of Tahan’s stellar net play, as they secured their first-ever winnable pair of doubles – and Nikolenko’s First Rank Win as a Collegian – Downing No. 40 Miyuka Kimoto and Polina Kozyreva, 6-4, to clinch the doubles point.
The other match was left unfinished, with sophomores Audrey Boch-Collins and Isabella Pfennig leading Ines Fonte and Viktoriya Kanapatskaya4-3.
In singles, Miami swiftly clinched the match.
Tahan continued her spectacular outing on Court 4, taking the first 10 games of a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Kozyreva.
Moments later, No. 31 Achong put the Canes up 3-0, besting Kimoto 6-2, 6-0 in one of her most dominant shows of the year. Her deadly serve racked up ace after ace, including one game where she hit four in a row.
With her parents in attendance from Germany, no. 80 Pfennig sealed the match, dominating Zeynep Erman 6-1, 6-1.
With the dark clouds in the sky, all the remaining matches were suspended. The victory moved Miami to 13-1 all-time against Syracuse and marked 159th Shutout’s Yaroshuk-Tews’ 21-year head coaching career.
Miami returns to the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on Sunday for Senior Day, where Eden Richardson will be honored before the Canes face Boston College in their last regular season match of the year.
“I’m really excited,” Richardson said ahead of Sunday’s contest. “It’s a bit nerve-wracking, too. A whole new chapter of my life is coming up… so mixed emotions. ”
After the festivities, the match will begin at 11 am