Miami Falls at No. 11 Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Facing its second top-15 opponent in three matches, the University of Miami men’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 road decision at No. 11 Wake Forest Friday night.
Opening the match outside at the Wake Forest Tennis Center, a top-25 doubles showdown took place on court 1.
After falling behind 2-5 against No. 18 Eduardo Nava and Henri Squire, No. 22 Franco Aubone and Benjamin Hannestad secured a break point and their serve to pull back within a point. However, the Miami duo’s comeback fell short, as the Demon Deacons earned the 6-4 win.
Meanwhile, on court 3, Bojan Jankulovski and Stephen Madonia dropped a 3-6 decision against Taha Baadi and Melios Efstathiou.
In the remaining match, Adria Soriano Barrera and Oren Vasser paired up for the first time and were looking to mount a comeback against Siddhant Banthia and Matthew Thomson, trailing 4-5.
Moments after singles action began, play was halted due to inclement weather passing through the North Carolina area.
Action was later moved indoors, with the Demon Deacons taking the early advantage on four courts.
In the first singles match to conclude, Madonia fell, 1-6, 2-6, against Filippo Moroni.
On court 1, No. 34 Soriano Barrera’s late comeback fell short, dropping a 1-6, 4-6 decision to Squire. Wake Forest later sealed its team victory after Banthia defeated Aubone, 6-2, 6-1.
The final three singles matches remained unfinished, with Wake Forest (14-4, 5-1 ACC) leading on two of the three courts.
Facing No. 107 Baadi, Jankulovski held a 6-3, 3-2 advantage on court 2. On court 3, second-set action was moments away from first serve, with Hannestad looking to comeback against No. 92 Cungi, down 5-7.
Playing at the No. 4 position for the first time as a Hurricane, Vasser trailed Efstathiou, 3-6, 1-4.
Miami (3-6, 2-3 ACC) will look to get back on track Saturday at Noon, as it travels to Raleigh, N.C., to face No. 15 NC State.