No. 33 Miami Tops No. 38 Georgia Tech, 4-2
ATLANTA – The University of Miami men’s tennis team capped its ACC opening weekend with a 4-2 road victory over No. 38 Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon.
“Great win for our team, against a talented Georgia Tech team. The ACC is always very tough and every win in important, especially on the road,” Miami head coach Aljosa Piric said. ” Our guys are maturing and growing as a team. We will continue to work hard and improve, and we look forward to taking on Florida State at home in a couple weeks.”
The No. 33 Hurricanes (9-2, 2-0 ACC) got things going in doubles when No. 53 sophomore Francisco Bastias and junior Adria Soriano Barrera topped Keshav Chopra and Andres Martin, 6-3.
However, Georgia Tech (6-4, 0-1 ACC) quickly evened the match when Carlos Divar and Marcus McDaniel bested No. 15 sophomore Franco Aubone and junior Benjamin Hannestad, 6-2.
With all eyes turning to court 3, Miami locked up the advantageous doubles point when redshirt senior Dane Dunlap and junior Bojan Jankulovski captured a 6-4 triumph over Brandon Freestone and Chris Yun.
Miami carried its momentum into the singles portion of the match when Hannestad defeated McDaniel, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, to double the Hurricanes’ lead. Overall, the junior overcame a 2-5 deficit to force the opening-set tiebreaker, before securing the overall victory with a strong second set.
Georgia Tech quickly cut the lead in half, when Freestone defeated Dunlap, 6-3, 6-3, on court 5.
Then, in a battle between a pair of top-75 individuals, No. 65 Andres Martin took down No. 41 Adria Soriano Barrera, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, to even the overall match at 2-2.
The Hurricanes then regained momentum with Jankulovski first earning a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Yun, before Bastias clinched the overall match, besting Cole Gromley, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
The final match remained unfinished, with Aubone trailing Chopra, 6-4, 4-6, 0-2, once the match was clinched.
Miami will now take a two week break before returning to the Neil Schiff Tennis Center to face No. 18 Florida State March 8 at noon.
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