NCAA Womens Tennis

W. Tennis Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to No. 24 Iowa State – University of Miami Athletics

W. Tennis Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to No. 24 Iowa State – University of Miami Athletics

Within 10 minutes, No. 123 Pfennig gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the day, as she took down No. 80 Kuearum, 6-3, 6-4. The Gauting, Germany, native clinched the ranked showdown by breaking at deuce.

Mack eventually extended Miami’s edge to 3-1 in stellar fashion, as she fought off four break points in the 10th game of set two to hold and earn a 7-5, 6-4 decision against No. 114 Cabezas. It marked the first ranked win of her young career.

Just moments later, Iowa State doubled its point total, as Kadleckova took the final six games against Boch-Collins for a 6-3, 6-4 result to make it 3-2, still in favor of the home team.

The Cyclones forced third sets in each of the final two matches and, once there, took command in each. Kajuru raced out to a 5-2 lead on No. 60 Achong, while No. 57 Naklo grabbed a 5-3 advantage over No. 14 Noel.

Miami, though, would not go away. Achong took three straight games to make it 5-5, while Noel fought off a match point and then went up 40-15 in the 10th game. That was as close as the Hurricanes got in each, though.

Naklo won the final three points to defeat Noel, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the latter’s first collegiate dual match defeat. Kajuru then won the last four points on the adjacent court to claim a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 decision over Achong and give Iowa State a 4-3 victory.

“I think that, kind of, the rhythm of the match went their way after doubles. Typically, if we lose the doubles point, we don’t really carry it forward. But I think that doubles affected us today a little bit and we can’t let them happen,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “But, once again, listen, I give a lot of credit to Iowa State. I think their energy, their enthusiasm, the way they played, they way they came after us—I think it caught us by surprise a little bit at some positions. We can’t let that happen if we want to win matches like that. But, look, I’m proud of the effort. Our girls laid it out there today. It was just that they were a little bit better than us.”

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