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Miami Defeats Boston College

ROME, Ga. – The University of Miami men’s tennis team cruised past Boston College, 5-1, to win its first ACC Championship match since 2010.

“It’s always good to get a win. I am glad we played today; it gave us an opportunity to work through some things under tournament conditions,” head coach Aljosa Piric said. “It’s tournament time, survive and advance, and that’s what we did today. We will have to play better, and compete better, against Duke tomorrow. We need all six guys to show up ready to battle. If we do that, we will have an opportunity to win.”

Miami (9-12, 2-9 ACC) opened the match strong with a pair of victories to take the one-point advantage and gain momentum entering singles play.

At No. 2, juniors Nile Clark and Piotr Lomacki got the day started with a doubles victory over the Eagles’ (5-18, 0-12 ACC) Conor Mullins and Derek Austin, 6-2.

On court three, Boston College’s Kent Mukai and Hank Workman took down junior Christian Langmo and sophomore Dane Dunlap, 6-4, turning all eyes to the tiebreaker taking place on court one.

No. 55 seniors Max Andrews and Jesse Flores clinched the doubles point for the Hurricanes as the duo won the tiebreaker, 7-6, over Adrian McNulty and Jeffrey Melvin.

Andrews doubled Miami’s lead, with an impressive victory over Workman, 6-2, 6-1, kicking off singles play.

On court two, Boston College cut the Canes lead in half, as Austin defeated Langmo, 6-2, 7-6.

Moments later, Dunlap gave Miami match point as he closed out his match against Conor Mullins, 7-5, 7-6.

Looking to clinch the match the Hurricanes earned victories almost simultaneously on courts one and four.

On court four, Flores found himself in a hole early against Mukai. After dropping the opening set tiebreaker, 6-7, the native of Ontario, Canada, battled back to take the match, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.

Following the clinching of the match, No. 64 Lomacki was at match point and was granted the opportunity to close out his match.

After dropping the opening set against McNulty, 4-6, Lomacki battled back in the second set to even the match, 4-6, 6-2. In the final set, the native of Warsaw, Poland, cruised to victory, taking the match by a score of 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

On court five, play was halted with Clark and Chieffalo even in the final set, 4-6, 6-1, 4-4.

Miami will return to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College, Thursday at 1 p.m., in a matchup against No. 34 Duke, seeded fifth.

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Miami 5, Boston College 1

Singles Competition

1. No. 64 Piotr Lomacki (UM) def. Aidan McNulty (BC), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

2. Derek Austin (BC) def. Christian Langmo (UM), 6-2, 7-6

3. Max Andrews (UM) def. Hank Workman (BC), 6-2, 6-1

4. Jesse Flores (UM) def. Kent Mukai (BC), 6-7, 6-3, 6-1

5. Nile Clark (UM) vs. Alexander Chieffalo (BC) 4-6, 6-1, 4-4, unfinished

6. Dane Dunlap (UM) def. Conor Mullins (BC) 7-5, 7-6 

Doubles Competition

1. No. 55 Max Andrews/Jesse Flores (UM) def. Aidan McNulty/Jeffrey Melvin (BC), 7-6

2. Nile Clark/Piotr Lomacki (UM) vs. Conor Mullins/Derek Austin (BC) 6-2

3. Kent Mukai/Hank Workman (BC) def. Dane Dunlap/Christian Langmo (UM), 6-4 

Match Notes

Boston College 5-18, 0-12 ACC

Miami 9-12, 2-9 ACC

Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1); Singles (3, 2, 6, 4, 1)