Canes Win Big East Title

The No. 2-seeded University of Miami women's tennis team knocked off top-seeded Notre Dame, 4-1, Sunday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center to claim its seventh BIG EAST Tennis Championship in the last 10 years.

With the win the Hurricanes (13-6) secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Tennis Championships beginning May 11th. Notre Dame ranked 20th in the nation won the doubles point to start the title match, but No. 37-ranked Miami countered with victories at No. 1, 2 and 6 singles to take a 3-1 lead. Freshman Staci Stevens registered the winning point for the Hurricanes, defeating the Irish's Lindsey Green in straight sets (6-4, 7-5).

With the win, Miami earned its seventh BIG EAST team title and maintained its undefeated (10-0) season at the Neil Schiff Tennis Complex. Following the match first year head coach Paige Yaroshuk was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year. Sophomore Mari Toro was named Most Outstanding Performer of the tournament. Toro recorded a straight set victory over Becky Varnum at No. 1 singles. She beat Varnum, 6-1, 6-3.

The lone senior Marcy Hora also recorded a singles victory at the No. 2 spot, she beat Nina Vaughan, 6-0, in the first set and rallied back from a 5-2 deficit in the second set to win 7-6 (5). Sara Robbins was the other winner for Miami; she beat Sarah Jane Connelly, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6 singles.

Women's Championship Match - No. 2 Miami def. No. 1 Notre Dame - 4-1

Doubles

No. 1 Katie Cunha/Lindsey Green (ND) def. Mari Toro/Marcy Hora (UM) 8-4
No. 2 Igna deVilliers/Abby Smith (UM) def. Becky Varnum/Nina Vaughan (ND) 8-4
No. 3 Sarah Jane Connelly/Alicia Salas (ND) def. Staci Stevens/Sara Robbins (UM) 8-6

Singles

No. 1 Mari Toro (UM) def. Becky Varnum (ND) 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 Marcy Hora (UM) def. Nina Vaughan (ND) 6-0, 7-6 (5)
No. 3 *Staci Stevens (UM) def. Lindsey Green (ND) 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 Sihem Bennacer (UM) vs. Alicia Salas (ND) DNF
No. 5 Ewelina Skaza (UM) vs. Katie Cunha (ND) DNF
No. 6 Sara Robbins (UM) def. Sarah Jane Connelly (ND) 6-2, 6-1

*-Clinched Match

MEN'S TENNIS FALLS TO NOTRE DAME IN TITLE MATCH-TODD WIDOM NAMED MVP

CORAL GABLES, Fla.--The No. 3-seeded University of Miami men's tennis team fell 4-1 to top-seeded Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Championship match Sunday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

No. 43-ranked Miami, the defending BIG EAST Champions, fall to 12-9 on the season while No. 10-ranked Notre Dame improves to 21-6 overall. The Fighting Irish jumped out early taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

Freshman Todd Widom defeated Javier Taborga, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 1 singles, but Notre Dame proved too much for the Hurricanes taking wins at No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 singles for the win. Widom was named Most Outstanding Performer of the tournament.

Miami has won seven BIG EAST Championship titles in the last 10 years.

Men's Championship Match -No. 1 Notre Dame def. No. 3 Miami - 4-1

Doubles

No. 1 Javier Taborga/Matt Scott (ND) def. Tomas Smid/Todd Widom (UM) 8-4
No. 2 Ashok Raju/Aaron Talarico (ND) def. Joel Berman/Tarik El Bassiouni (UM) 8-3
No. 3 Luis Haddock/Brent D'Amico (ND) vs. Andrew Golub/Jose Lieberman (UM) DNF

Singles

No. 1 Todd Widom (UM) def. Javier Taborga (ND) 6-2, 7-5
No. 2 Casey Smith (ND) def. Tomas Smid (UM) 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 Aaron Talarico (ND) vs. Andrew Golub (UM) DNF
No. 4 Luis Haddock (ND) vs. Jose Lieberman (UM) DNF
No. 5 Matt Scott (ND) def. Joel Berman (UM) 6-4, 6-3
No. 6 Andrew Laflin (ND) def. Tarik El Bassiouni (UM) 6-1, 6-4

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