Miami Sweeps Clemson at ACC Championship
CARY, N.C. – The fifth-seeded University of Miami men’s tennis team defeated No. 12-seed Clemson, 4-0, Thursday in the first round of the ACC Championship at Cary Tennis Park.
With the victory, No. 29 Miami (17-9, 7-5 ACC) secured its eighth berth in the quarterfinals and first since 2011. Miami will now take on fourth-seeded and No. 20-ranked NC State Friday at 9 a.m. in the quarterfinals.
“It’s really good to get a win against Clemson,” Miami head coach Aljosa Piric said. “Our guys needed to feel the tournament setting, because it is a totally a different feel and vibe in comparison to a regular season match. You have to have a survive and advance mentality, and it was important for us to feel that today. I am happy for the guys and happy to advance.”
The Hurricanes got off to an electrifying start in doubles, cruising to a 6-1 victory on court 1. Four days removed from topping the nation’s No. 62 doubles tandem from Wake Forest, junior Stephen Madonia and sophomore Adria Soriano Barrera improved to 2-0 as a pair with the win over Teodor Giusca and Yizhou Liu.
Competing on court 3, freshmen Franco Aubone and Francisco Bastias moved to 13-2 as a tandem, topping Simon Baudry and Mike Agee, 6-3.
In the lone singles match to remain unfinished, redshirt junior Dane Dunlap and sophomore Bojan Jankulovski held a 5-2 lead over Pierre-Louis Dodens and Jacob Jahn.
In singles, sophomore William Grattan-Smith immediately doubled the Canes’ lead, sweeping Cole Gordon, 6-0, 6-0, on court 6. With the win, the Atlanta native upped his mark to 11-3 in 2019 dual matches.
In a top-100 matchup, No. 42 Soriano Barrera secured a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 92 Baudry.
Moments later, No. 81 Jankulovski clinched the overall match with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Agee.
A trio of matches remained unfinished, with Bastias holding a 7-6, 4-1 advantage over Liu and Dunlap holding a 7-6, 3-2 lead over Giusca.
In the lone match to reach a third set, Aubone was looking to mount a comeback against Jahn, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 0-1.
The Hurricanes are now 10-14 all-time at the ACC Championship and 2-2 under the direction of third-year head coach Aljosa Piric.
“We are going to get a good night’s rest tonight and really prepare to play a really good NC State team tomorrow,” Piric said. “We recently played at NC State in its indoor facility, and I think we learned a lot from that match. We have to make some adjustments and come out ready to play, because we know they will be ready.”
1. #42 A. Soriano Barrera (UM) def. #92 Simon Baudry (CU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Francisco Bastias (UM) vs. Yizhou Liu (CU) 7-6 (7-5), 1-4, unfinished
3. Dane Dunlap (UM) vs. Teodor Giusca (CU) 7-6 (8-6), 2-3, unfinished
4. #81 Bojan Jankulovski (UM) def. Mike Agee (CU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Franco Aubone (UM) vs. Jacob Jahn (CU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 0-1, unfinished
6. W. Grattan-Smith (UM) def. Cole Gordon (CU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Stephen Madonia/A. Soriano Barrera (UM) def. Teodor Giusca/Yizhou Liu (CU) 6-1
2. Dane Dunlap/Bojan Jankulovski (UM) vs. Pierre-Louis Dodens/Jacob Jahn (CU) 5-2, unfinished
3. Franco Aubone/Francisco Bastias (UM) def. Mike Agee/Simon Baudry (CU) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,1,4)