Canes Fall in Main ITA Draw
TULSA, Okla. – University of Miami men’s tennis sophomores Bojan Jankulovski and Adria Soriano Barrera fell short in their respective matches Thursday at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championship.
Facing No. 50 Alex Brown of Illinois, No. 41 Soriano fell behind early in the opening set, 1-5. The sophomore rallied off three straight games, but ultimately came up short, 4-6, 4-6.
Coming off a trio of victories in qualifiers to earn a spot in the main draw, No. 92 Jankulovski squared off against the nation’s No. 91 player, Bar Botzer, who clinched the 2018 NCAA Team Championship for Wake Forest.
Botzer began the match by taking the opening set, 6-2, before Jankulovski rebounded in the second, 7-5. In the third set, the sophomore jumped out to a 5-2 advantage, but was unable to put the match away, coming up short in a tiebreaker for a 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) decision.
The duo will return to the courts tomorrow morning to take part in the tournaments back draw, with Soriano set to face No. 54 Christian Sigsgaard of Texas at 11:30 ET. An hour later, Jankulovski will battle the Longhorn’s No. 61 Rodrigo Banzer.
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Back Draw – First Round
11:30 a.m. ET – No. 41 Adria Soriano Barrera (UM) vs. No. 54 Christian Sigsgaard (UT)
12:30 p.m. ET – No. 92 Bojan Jankulovski (UM) vs. No. 61 Rodrigo Banzer (UT)
Singles Main Draw – First Round
No. 91 Bar Botzer (WF) def. No. 92 Bojan Jankulovski (UM), 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 50 Alex Brown (Ill.) def. No. 41 Adria Soriano Barrera (UM), 6-4, 6-4
Singles Qualifier – Third Round
No. 92 Bojan Jankulovski (UM) def. Lukas Moenter (LMU), 6-1, 6-2
Singles Qualifier – Second Round
No. 92 Bojan Jankulovski (UM) def. William Matheson (CU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Singles Qualifier – First Round
No. 92 Bojan Jankulovski (UM) def. No. 81 Laurens Verboven (USC), 6-4, 6-2
Doubles Qualifier – Round of 64
Evrard/Nesterenko (NV) def. No. 51 Madonia/Soriano (UM), 6-4, 7-6 (3)
No. 45 Botzer/Zlobinsky (WF) def. Dunlap/Jankulovski (UM), 6-3, 6-3
Singles Pre-Qualifier – Round of 64
Paul Barretto (CA) def. Stephen Madonia, 6-3, 6-0
Singles Pre-Qualifier – Round of 256
Stephen Madonia (UM) def. Edward Pudney (MN), W/O
Dane Dunlap (UM) def. William Woodall (VA), 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
Singles Pre-Qualifier – Round of 128
Stephen Madonia (UM) def. Gabriel Dias (WIN), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Luca Wiedenmann (TN) def. Dane Dunlap (UM), 6-2, 6-2