Miami Shuts Out Boston College
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s tennis team blanked Boston College, 7-0, to win its first ACC match of the season Friday, at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
“It’s always nice to get a win,” head coach Aljosa Piric said. “It gives us a little bit of momentum going into Sunday. We had a couple of tough matches leading up to this match, so it is good to come out and get seven points against Boston College.”
The Hurricanes (7-9, 1-6 ACC) opened the match strong with a pair of victories to take the one-point advantage and gain momentum into singles play.
At No. 1, No. 56 seniors Max Andrews and Jesse Flores entered their matchup against Derek Austin and Hank Workman, coming off of a victory against the nation’s top-ranked doubles tandem. The duo dropped the opening three games, before rallying back to take the match, 6-3.
The Hurricanes continued to dominate early in singles play, with five competitors – Lomacki, Langmo, Flores, Andrews and Dunlap – taking the opening set victories of their respective matches.
At No. 6, Dunlap increased the Canes’ advantage to two points, when the sophomore earned a straight-set victory against Jeffrey Melvin, 6-0, 6-1.
At No. 2, Langmo set up the overall match point, after the junior took down Austin, 6-3, 6-0.
No. 51 Lomacki clinched the match for the Hurricanes, after he took the final three games in order to defeat McNulty for the second consecutive season, 6-1, 7-5.
Play continued following the clinching as Miami earned its fifth point of the match when Flores earned a victory over Mukai, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Looking to complete its third shutout of the season, UM turned to court five where Clark was in a battle against Chieffalo. After dropping the opening set, 4-6, the junior forced a third set after he took the second set, 6-2. Falling behind 4-7 in the third set tiebreaker, the native of Philadelphia, won seven of the final nine games to defeat Chieffalo, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9).
Moments later, Andrews capped the match with a victory over Workman, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
The Canes will return to the Neil Schiff tennis Center Sunday at noon, when they take on the University of Notre Dame.
“We just have to take a day off and recover tomorrow,” Piric said, “We will have a quick practice, some of the guys have to come in and take care of their bodies. We have to bounce back and be ready to compete on Sunday against a good Notre Dame team.”
Miami 7, Boston College 0
1. No. 51 Piotr Lomacki (UM) def. Aidan McNulty (BC) 6-1, 7-5
2. Christian Langmo (UM) def. Derek Austin (BC) 6-3, 6-0
3. Max Andrews (UM) def. Hank Workman (BC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
4. Jesse Flores (UM) def. Kent Mukai (BC) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
5. Nile Clark (UM) def. Alexander Chieffalo (BC) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Dane Dunlap (UM) def. Jeffrey Melvin (BC) 6-0, 6-1
Boston College 4-12, 0-7 ACC
Miami 7-9, 1-6 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,2,1,4,5,3)