Men’s Tennis Collects Fourth Straight Home Sweep
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s tennis team secured its fourth consecutive home sweep Friday night, topping South Alabama, 7-0, at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
The Hurricanes (5-2) have now opened the 2020 campaign with 25 straight points and have an unblemished 22-0 mark in completed singles matches.
Similar to each of the Hurricanes previous three home matches, Miami jumped out to the early lead through doubles action and never looked back.
Facing off against Jordan Coutinho and Louis Delcour at No. 3 doubles, No. 46-ranked sophomore Francisco Bastias and junior Adria Soriano Barrera breezed to a 6-0 win.
On court 2, redshirt senior Dane Dunlap and junior Bojan Jankulovski locked up the doubles point with a 6-3 triumph over Sebastian Collard and Leon Pe’tko.
With the doubles point clinched, the final match remained unfinished, as No. 14 Franco Aubone and Benjamin Hannestad held a 5-4 lead over Clement Marzol and Loic Clues.
Carrying momentum into singles, junior William Grattan-Smith almost immediately doubled Miami’s lead with a dominating, 6-1, 6-0, performance over Coutinho.
Competing at No. 3 singles, Bastias won the final 10 games to seal a, 6-3, 6-0, victory over Delcour.
Moments later, Dunlap clinched the team victory with a, 6-4, 6-3, straight-set win over Cloes.
The final three remaining matches were played out, with Aubone rebounding from an opening set setback, defeating Martin Bugaj, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5).
After claiming the opening set 6-4, Jankulovski found himself in a 2-5 hole in the second set against Collard. However, the Skopje, Macedonia, native won the final five games to give Miami the 6-0 advantage, 6-4, 7-5.
In the lone match to play a full three sets, No. 32 Soriano Barrera trailed Marzol, 3-6, 6-4, 4-5. On the brink of dropping the match, the Barcelona, Spain, native secured a service point, before capturing a break point to go up 6-5 in the final set. Overall, the junior took care of business on his final serve to secure the team sweep, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
The Hurricanes will return to action on Sunday at noon when they welcome Florida Atlantic to the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.