Men’s Tennis Heads West to Face FGCU

CORAL GABLES, Fla.The University of Miami men’s tennis team returns to the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Meyers, Fla., to face Florida Gulf Coast in its final non-conference match before ACC competition gets underway.

The Hurricanes (6-2) will take on the Eagles at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Live stats will not be accessible during the match.

Miami sports a 2-1 all-time record in its series with FGCU, however the Hurricanes will face the Eagles in Fort Meyers for the first time. Under the direction of fourth-year head coach, UM is 1-0 against FGCU, winning the most recent matchup on Feb. 25, 2017, 4-3.

Entering the weekend, the Hurricanes are riding a two-match winning streak, most recently earning home sweeps over South Alabama (7-0) and Florida Atlantic (7-0). Miami is represented by a quartet of student-athletes in the Oracle/ITA national rankings, as sophomore Franco Aubone teams up with junior Benjamin Hannestad to form the nation’s 14th-ranked tandem, while sophomore Francisco Bastias and junior Adria Soriano Barrera are ranked 46th. In singles, Soriano Barrera checks in at No. 32.

The Eagles, currently 3-3 on the year, also enter the contest riding a two-match winning streak, topping Bethune-Cookman (4-0) and DePaul (5-2). FGCU does not have any players ranked in the national polls.

Following Saturday’s matchup, the Hurricanes will open conference action with a pair of road trips to Clemson, S.C., and Atlanta. Miami will kick things off at 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 against Clemson before taking on Georgia Tech at noon two days later.

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