March 6, 2014
The Pitt tennis team has quite the challenge ahead this weekend as they welcome Atlantic Coast Conference members No. 13 Miami and No. 15 Clemson to Alpha Tennis and Fitness. The Panthers will meet up with the Hurricanes on Friday at 1 p.m., and the Tigers will face Pitt on Sunday at 10 a.m.
“It’s a privilege to play one of the best programs in the country in Miami,” said head coach Alex Santos. “With that being said, our primary goal will be to compete as hard as we possibly can throughout our entire doubles and singles line-up. At this point in the season we are very aware of our strengths and of the areas where we need to improve and we just need to keep implementing the plan. One of the most important qualities that I’m impressed with in this team is their intelligence. This group of girls is without a doubt able to listen, adapt, and progress. I’ve told them that the biggest improvements are still to come but that they will only happen if and when we sacrifice on the tennis court.”
Miami enters the weekend with an 8-2 overall record and is 4-0 in ACC play. In singles, Kelsey Laurente ranks 40th in the nation and Stephanie Wagner ranks at No. 71. The doubles team of Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno ranks tied for 24th and the squad of Kelsey Laurente and Melissa Bolivar will most likely move up from their current ranking of No. 48 after defeating Georgia Tech’s No. 3-ranked team last weekend.
Clemson holds a 10-3 overall mark heading into the weekend and is 3-o in the ACC. The Tigers have the 41st-ranked singles player with Yana Koroleva and their duo of Koroleva and Beatrice Gumula are No. 33 in the latest poll.
All home Pitt matches are free to the public and are played at Alpha Tennis and Fitness.