Canes Tally Six Wins at USTA/ITA Regionals
ATLANTA – The University of Miami men’s tennis team continued day two of the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships today at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
Gabriel Flores, Henrique Tsukamoto, William Albanese, No. 9-16 Diego Soto, Omar Aly and No. 7 Wilfredo Gonzalez participated in the singles round of 64, winning five of six matches. Jack Murphy and Albanese, Flores and Soto, and Aly and Gonzalez paired up in the main draw doubles while Tsukamoto and Bernard Tefel matched up in extra round-robin doubles matches.
The Canes’ winning streak started with senior Flores defeating Nick Wood of Georgia, 7-6(2), 6-3. Tsukamoto followed suit with a win against Ignacio Gonzalez of USF, 6-3, 4-6. 6-3. No. 9-16 Diego Soto also defeated his competitor, Tianyu Bao of FGCU, 6-1, 7-5.
Great tennis lingered among the Hurricanes as Gonzalez finished strong to win his match against Eric Diaz of Georgia, 6-4, 6-2 and Albanese came back resiliently in the third set to overtake Dean Tsamas of FGCU, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.
Despite Aly’s solid effort, No. 9-16 Garrett Brasseaux of Georgia defeated him, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
The main draw doubles took place in the afternoon where Aly and Gonzalez defeated Albert Codina Sala and Marco Osorio of Georgia Southern, 8-2.
Murphy and Albanese fought a tight game until the end with Jorge Wilton and Maksim Yorsh of Kennesaw State. The Canes duo came up just short, losing, 9-8(5) in a tiebreak. Flores and Soto met the same fate when playing the No. 3 pair of Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha of Georgia (8-3).
Aly and Gonzalez moved on to the main draw round of 16, where they played No. 6 Gordon Watson and Elliott Orkin of UF, coming up just short in the match, with a final score of 8-5.
In an extra round-robin doubles match, Tsukamoto and Tefel played hard but fell twice, first to Jake Albo and Joao Gauer of FSU (8-6), then Simon Pritchard and Jake Bouchillon of Kennesaw State (8-5).
Play will continue tomorrow with the singles Round of 32 and Round of 16, and the quarterfinals for doubles.
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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Main Draw Singles – Round of 64
Gabriel Flores (MIA) d. Nick Wood (UGA), 7-6 (2), 6-3
Henrique Tsukamoto (UM) d. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
William Albanese (MIA) d. Dean Tsamas (FGCU), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
#9-16 Diego Soto (MIA) d. Tianyu Bao (FGCU), 6-1, 7-5
#9-16 Garrett Grasseaux (UGA) d. Omar Aly (MIA), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
#7 Wilfredo Gonzalez (MIA) d. Eric Diaz (UGA), 6-4, 6-2
Main Draw Doubles – Round of 32
Wilton/Yorsh (KSU) d. Murphy/Albanese (MIA), 9-8 (5)
#3 Brasseaux/Pasha (UGA) d. Flores/Soto (MIA), 8-3
Aly/Gonzelez (UM) d. Cordina Sala/Osorio (GSU), 8-2
Main Draw Doubles Round of 16
#6 Watson/Orkin (UF) d. Aly/Gonzalez (UM), 8-5
Extra – Round-Robin Doubles
Albo/Gauer (FSU) d. Tsukamoto/Tefel (UM), 8-6
Pritchard/Bouchillon (KSU) d. Tsukamoto/Tefel (UM), 8-5