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Hurricanes Wrap-up Day One in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Miami men’s tennis team opened its 2018-19 campaign Friday at the Crimson Tide Four-In-The-Fall Championships held at the University of Alabama Tennis Center and Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
 
Redshirt junior Dane Dunlap and freshman Franco Aubone highlighted the morning with a victory in the opening round of the Crimson Doubles Draw. The duo knocked off Memphis’ Matt Story and Marshall Sullivan, 8-3. Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, the pair will battle Akos Kotorman and Tim Ruetzel of Tulane in the semifinals.
 
Pairing up in the Houndstooth Doubles Draw, sophomore’s William Grattan-Smith and Tatsuki Shimamoto fell to Sam Fischer and Zhe Zhou of Alabama, 8-4.
 
In singles action, the Hurricanes got off to a slow start with all four players dropping their first-round matches.
 
After claiming the opening set over Tulane’s Ruetzel 7-5, Dunlap was unable to seal the victory, ultimately dropping the match, 7-5, 5-7, 1-6.
 
In the consolation round, the redshirt junior topped Marshall Sullivan of Memphis, 6-2, 6-3, and setting up a third round matchup against Tennessee’s Luca Wiedenmann Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
 
Following a 1-6, 3-6 setback against Memphis’ Oscar Cutting, Grattan-Smith bounced back in his second game, registering a 6-3, 6-3 win over Alabama’s Fischer.
 
Aubone forced 12 games in the opening set against Princeton’s Damian Rodriguez, however was unable to get over the hump, falling 5-7, 3-6. In only his second collegiate match, Aubone fell to Alabama’s Patrick Kaukpvalta, 3-6, 3-6.
 
In the Houndstooth Singles Draw opener, Shimamoto dropped his match against Riccardo Roberto of Alabama, 1-6, 3-6. In his second round matchup, he took the opening set over Memphis’ David Stevenson, 6-4. However, he was unable to take a second set, ultimately dropping the match, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6.
 
The three-day event will continue on Saturday with two rounds of doubles matches set to begin at 10 a.m. The third round of singles will follow doubles action, approximately at 1:30 p.m. The final day of competition will be on Sunday with the last round of singles set to start at 10 a.m.
 
Matches on the scoreboard side of the Alabama Tennis Stadium will be live streamed HERE.
 
To keep up with the University of Miami men’s tennis team on social media, follow @CanesMensTennis on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
 
FRIDAY RESULTS
 
Crimson Singles Draw (Round of 16)
Tim Ruetzel (Tulane) def. Dane Dunlap (Miami), 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
Damian Rodriguez (Princeton) def. Franco Aubone (Miami), 7-5, 6-3
 
Crimson Singles Draw (Consolation)
Dane Dunlap (Miami) def. Marshall Sullivan (Memphis), 6-2, 6-3
Patrick Kaukovalta (Alabama) def. Franco Aubone (Miami), 6-3, 6-3
 
Houndstooth Singles Draw (Round of 16)
Oscar Cutting (Memphis) def. William Grattan-Smith (Miami), 6-1, 6-3
Riccardo Roberto (Alabama) def. Tatsuki Shimamoto (Miami), 6-1, 6-3
 
Houndstooth Singles Draw (Consolation)
William Grattan-Smith (Miami) def. Sam Fischer (Alabama), 6-3, 6-3
David Stevenson (Memphis) def. Tatsuki Shimamoto (Miami), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
 
Crimson Doubles Draw (Quarterfinals)
Dunlap/Aubone (Miami) def. Story/Sullivan (Memphis), 8-3
 
Houndstooth Doubles Draw (Quarterfinals)
Fischer/Zhou (Alabama) def. Grattan-Smith/Shimamoto (Miami), 8-4
 
SATURDAY SCHEDULE
 
Crimson Singles Draw (Consolation)
1:30 p.m. – Dane Dunlap (Miami) vs. Luca Wiedenmann (Tennessee)
1:30 p.m. – Franco Aubone (Miami) vs. Karol Paluch (Rice)
 
Houndstooth Singles Draw (Consolation)
William Grattan Smith advances and will play Sunday at 10 a.m.
3 p.m. – Tatsuki Shimamoto (Miami) vs. Adam Oscislawski (Rice)
 
Crimson Doubles Draw (Semifinals)
10 a.m. – Dunlap/Aubone (Miami) vs. Kotorman/Ruetzel (Tulane)
 
Houndstooth Doubles Draw (Consolation)
10 a.m. – Grattan-Smith/Shimamoto (Miami) vs. Presson/Wiedenmann (Tennessee)
 
Crimson Doubles Draw (Finals/Consolation)
11 a.m. – Dunlap/Aubone (Miami) vs. Kaukovalta/Roberto (Alabama)/Rodriguez/Seggerman (Princeton)
 
Houndstooth Doubles Draw (Consolation)
11 a.m. – Grattan-Smith/Shimamoto (Miami) vs. Ewers/Wagner (Tulane)/Abdel-Aziz/Paluch (Rice)