Daevenia Achong and Eden Richardson made Miami history on Wednesday as they secured a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Doubles Championship. It’s the first time a Miami duo has reached the quarterfinals since 2014. They advanced with a 6-4, 6-1 straight set decision over the #2 ranked duo of Fiona Crawley and Elizabeth Scotty. This was the first time that a Miami duo beat a ranked team in the tournament since 1992. For Achong, the result clinched the first ITA All-America distinction of her career. For Richardson, it sealed her third, as she also claimed the plaudit in 2018 in doubles and 2019 in singles.
“Listen, I know it’s big for both of them. I think that was one thing that Eden was, obviously, very focused on doing this season,” Head Coach Yaroshuk-Tews said. “So, for her to meet that goal is huge. Daev, first time being an All-American, she’s proven she can play with the best in college tennis. I hope that this just reinforces that for her.”
The Hurricanes duo will now square off with #11 Stearns and Zamarripa of Texas who happen to be the back-to-back reigning NCAA team champion, Thursday at 5 p.m. ET for a spot in the Final Four.