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Canes Women's Tennis Primer

Canes Women's Tennis Primer

The Miami Hurricanes women’s tennis team has been one of the more successful Canes sports teams in recent years. Under Coach Paige Yarushuk-Tews, they have not missed the NCAA tournament since 1996 and have achieved some great results along the way.
The Canes women’s tennis team records start at 1972 and in the last 42 years, the team has finished as NCAA runner-up twice (’85, ’06), have been selected for the NCAA tournament 30 times, have had only two losing seasons, have advanced to 13 NCAA Sweet Sixteens as well as 12 Elite Eights and have had 29 All-Americans over the years.
The Canes finally captured their first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship in 2013 by defeating Florida State in the final. They went on to finish in the Elite Eight in the NCCA tournament that year. They racked up an ACC regular season championship and another Sweet Sixteen the following year.
Coach Paige Yarushuk-Tews is a great but tough head coach and Miami often loses players to transfers during the off-season for whatever reason but the team always seems to manage to bounce back with new players every year. Yarushuk-Tews was just recently inducted into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
The team also enjoys being a part of the University of Miami because of the pros that come to practice at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. Martina Navratilova and Venus Williams are just a few that have come to practice at The Schiff. The women’s team had the opportunity to hit with Navratilova last year. Not everybody gets a chance like that!
One of the greatest women players of all time has also come from the Miami Hurricanes. During the 1950s, Doris Hart took every major title there was to be won at the time, winning the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments. Hart is one of only three women to do this in the history of women’s tennis. Her first grand slam title came at Wimbledon in 1947 when she was still a student at Miami. She would go on to win an amazing 35 grand slam titles, which ties her for sixth on the all-time list. She was ranked No. 1 in the world rankings in 1951 and was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1969. Hart at the age of 88 is still living in Miami today.
The women’s tennis team has been a constant force on the college tennis scene for the last 15 years or so and many consider it only a matter of time before Coach Yarushuk-Tews leads her team to their first national championship.

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