May 28th, 2019

University Of Miami’s Perez-Somarriba Wins NCAA Tennis Singles Championship

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Top-seeded Estela Perez-Somarriba of the University of Miami women’s tennis team came back from a set down to defeat No. 2-seeded Katarina Jokic of the University of Georgia 6-7(1), 6-2, 6-3 at the USTA National Campus to win the individual NCAA singles championship.

It was the first individual singles NCAA women’s championship for Miami since Audra Cohen won in 2007.

“It’s amazing. Dreams come true,” Perez-Somarriba said. “I am just really happy that I got to be here and that I was able to experience all of this. I am just really grateful to the University of Miami; the coaches, teammates and the staff, for making this possible and for helping me every single day.”

After the first three games of the final set went to deuce, Perez-Somarriba eventually ran off three straight games for a 5-1 lead before closing out the match. Jokic fought off six match points in two consecutive games before finally succumbing.

“Honestly, I have dreamt about this many, many times and I really couldn’t believe that I actually did it,” Perez-Somarriba said. “I am really happy that I got to experience this next to my coaches; they are the best.”

Two years ago Perez-Somarriba reached the semifinals at the NCAA individual tournament.

“I don’t think I have ever seen a better college tennis match in a bigger moment in my career,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “It was just incredible.”

Perez-Somarriba also broke the program record for career wins in the NCAA singles championship, improving to 12-2 in her three-year career thus far, and had a 43-5 win-loss this season.

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