MIAMI, Fla. – Gia Cohen collected her ninth dual singles win this season, but No. 31 Georgia Tech dropped a tough match at No. 27 Miami Sunday morning, 6-1, at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. With the loss, the Yellow Jackets drop to 6-8 overall and 3-4 in ACC play.
DOUBLES ACTION: Gia Cohen and Nami Otsuka took their match on court two, but Miami captured courts one and three to secure the doubles point. Cohen and Otsuka finished first, defeating Estela Perez-Somarriba and Ulyana Shirokova, 6-2. The Yellow Jacket pair came out with a 3-1 lead, pushed their advantage out to 5-2 and sealed the match with a break for a 6-2 victory.
Miami quickly evened the doubles field with a win on court three as Yuna Ito and Lucia Marzal defeated Nadia Gizdova and Kenya Jones, 6-2. The Hurricanes came out with the early 4-2 lead and never looked back. Miami clinched the point from court one where No. 44 Daevenia Achong and Daniella Roldan edged Victoria Flores and Valeriya Deminova. Georgia Tech earned a break to setup a 4-3 score, but Miami won the next two games for a 6-3 victory to seal the 1-0 match lead for the Hurricanes.
SINGLES ACTION: With straight-set victories on five courts, Miami cushioned their lead to 6-0. Ito added a point to the scoreboard for the Hurricanes, defeating Deminova on court three, 6-0, 6-2, before Carla Girbau edged Gizdova on six, 6-1, 6-2, for a 3-0 Miami lead. The Hurricanes clinched the match from court four where Marzal defeated Flores, 6-3, 6-4.
Despite a second set rally from Otsuka on court two, Achong picked up the win in two sets, 6-0, 7-5. Otsuka trailed 5-2 in the second set, but knotted it at 5-5 before Achong rallied for the final two games. Jones came out with an early lead over the nation’s second-ranked singles player, Perez-Somarriba, 3-1, but the Hurricane came back to tie it at 3-3. Jones played Perez-Somarriba tightly, but fell 6-4, 6-3.
Cohen pocketed Tech’s lone singles win Sunday morning from court five over Ana Madcur. Cohen dominated the first set, racing out with a 4-0 lead before Madcur climbed back to within 4-3. Cohen won the next two games for the set, but momentum shifted in the second set with Madcur taking an early 4-2 advantage. The Hurricane won the second set to force a super tiebreak where Cohen upended Madcur, 10-6, to account for the final 6-1 score.
UP NEXT: Georgia Tech returns to the courts at home, welcoming Virginia Tech on Friday, March 22 with a first serve set for 3 p.m.
1- No. 44 Daevenia Achong/Daniella Roldan (MIA) def. Victoria Flores/Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-3
2-Gia Cohen/Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Estela Perez-Somarriba/Ulyana Shirokova (MIA) 6-2
3- Yuna Ito/Lucia Marzal (MIA) def. Kenya Jones/Nadia Gizdova (GT) 6-2
Order of finish: 2,3,1
1- No. 2 Estela Perez-Somarriba (MIA) def. No. 11 Kenya Jones (GT) 6-4, 6-3
2- Daevenia Achong (MIA) def. Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-0, 7-5
3-Yuna Ito (MIA) def. Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-0, 6-2
4- Lucia Marzal (MIA) def. Victoria Flores (GT) 6-3, 6-4
5-Gia Cohen (GT) def. Ana Madcur (MIA) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
6- Carla Girbau (MIA) def. Nadia Gizdova (GT) 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 3,6,4,2,1,5