No. 67 Miami Falls to Clemson

No. 67 Miami Falls to Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. — The No. 67 Miami Hurricanes men’s tennis team fell to the Clemson Tigers, 4-3, on Sunday, April 3 at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center in South Carolina.

 Although they showcased a bold effort, Miami was narrowly edged out by the Tigers.

“We missed a lot of first serves in doubles today, and that made it difficult for us to win the doubles point,” said Coach Mario Rincon.

Miami fell short in doubles play, allowing Clemson to grab the win on Courts 2 and 3. On Court 2, Nile Clark and Piotr Lomacki fell to to Austin Ansari and Arturo Pinazo, 6-4. Junior Jesse Flores and sophomore Kevin Bondar fell to Daffra Sanon and Robert Dudley, 6-3. At the No. 1 position, Max Andrews and Bernard Tefel left their match unfinished, 5-4.

“Bernard played great in singles, and was off the court very fast with a good win,” said Rincon. “Piotr and Max hit the ball very clean, and were able to close their matches in two sets.” 

Tefel came out the gate with a strong presentation, downing Dudley 6-1, 6-2, to give Miami its first point. Andrews delivered a shutout second set, defeating Luke Johnson 6-4, 6-0. No. 38 Lomacki tied the match, taking down Alex Favrot 7-5, 6-1, in the top spot.

Flores was defeated by Sanon 6-2, 6-3, and Niclas Genovese fell to Christian Harris 6-0, 6-2, tying the match at three apiece. 

It came down to freshman Fermin Calvo on Court 4. Calvo gave a valiant effort, but came up short against Ansari, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, to end the match. 

Miami’s record now stands at 7-11 overall and 2-6 against ACC teams. The Canes will head back to the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, as they play No. 42 NC State on Friday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m., then face Louisville at Noon on Sunday, April 10. 

“We are looking forward to playing at home next weekend against NC State and Louisville,” concluded Rincon. 

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Clemson 4, #67 Miami 3
Singles competition
1. #38 Piotr Lomacki (UM) def. Alex Favrot (CU) 7-5, 6-1
2. Max Andrews (UM) def. Luke Johnson (CU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Daffra Sanon (CU) def. Jesse Flores (UM) 6-2, 6-3
4. Austin Ansari (CU) def. Fermin Calvo (UM) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
5. Bernard Tefel (UM) def. Robert Dudley (CU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Christian Harris (CU) def. Niclas Genovese (UM) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Alex Favrot/Luke Johnson (CU) vs. Max Andrews/Bernard Tefel (UM) 4-5, unfinished
2. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU) def. Piotr Lomacki/Nile Clark (UM) 6-4
3. Daffra Sanon/Robert Dudley (CU) def. Jesse Flores/Kevin Bondar (UM) 6-3

Match Notes:
Miami 7-11 (4-5 ACC); National ranking #67
Clemson 13-11 (3-5 ACC)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,6,3,2,1,4)