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April 16, 2017

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Pitt tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss at the hands of the 45th-ranked Miami Hurricanes Sunday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
 
The Panthers drop to 3-13 overall, while Miami moves to 8-10 overall.
 
"Miami was better than us today and we have to congratulate them and move forward," said head coach Alex Santos. "We had some amazing points, but we have to continue getting better at playing complete matches."
 
The Hurricanes wasted no time at all clinching the doubles point, collecting their first win at the No. 2 spot 6-0 over sophomore Gabriela Rezende and freshman Jovana Knezevic. Miami locked up the point at the No. 3 position soon after as redshirt senior Amber Washington and sophomore Natsumi Okamoto fell 6-1.
 
In singles, all Panthers fell in straight sets. Washington and Rezende were the final two Pitt players to conclude their matches on the day. Playing No. 1 singles versus the 34th-ranked player in Estela Perez-Somarriba, Washington put up a hard fight in the first set falling 7-5 and dropped the second 6-2.
 
At No. 3 singles, Rezende nearly took the first set from Dominika Paterova but fell in the tiebreaker 7-5. Paterova then took the second set 6-3, bringing the final score to 7-0 in favor of the Hurricanes.
 
The Panthers conclude the regular season Saturday, April 22 when they make the trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. Pitt will then head to the 2017 ACC Championships Wednesday, April 26 in Rome, Ga.
 
Singles
1. #34 E. Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Amber Washington (UP) 7-5, 6-2
2. #13 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Audrey Ann Blakely (UP) 6-2, 6-2
3. Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Gabriela Rezende (UP) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
4. Ana Madcur (UM) def. Clara Lucas (UP) 6-1, 6-0
5. Maci Epstein (UM) def. Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 6-3, 6-0
6. Sara Culbertson (UM) def. Jovana Knezevic (UP) 6-1, 6-2
 
Doubles
1. Maci Epstein/Dominika Paterova (UM) vs. Audrey Ann Blakely/Clara Lucas (UP) 3-4, UF
2. Ana Madcur/E. Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Jovana Knezevic/Gabriela Rezende (UP) 6-0
3. Sara Culbertson/Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Natsumi Okamoto/Amber Washington (UP) 6-1
 
No. 45 Hurricanes Shutout Panthers

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