MTN Begins NCAA Play Saturday
ORLANDO, Fla. – For the third straight time, the University of Miami men’s tennis team aims to extend its season on collegiate tennis’ biggest stage.
No. 39 Miami (8-10, 4-6 ACC) will take the USTA National Campus courts Saturday at 11 a.m. and face No. 16 Mississippi State for the fifth straight season.
However, unlike the past three matchups against the Bulldogs, a chance to play Monmouth or ninth-ranked UCF in the second round of the NCAA Tournament hangs in the balance.
The Hurricanes enter the field with a trio of ranked student-athletes, as Adria Soriano Barrera ranks No. 39 in singles, while Franco Aubone and Benjamin Hannestad form the nation’s 31st-ranked doubles pair.
Meanwhile, Mississippi State (16-9, 5-7 SEC) is represented by five individuals in the ITA singles rankings, led by No. 20 Giovanni Oradini. Joining the Bulldogs’ senior in the rankings are Florian Broska (No. 48), Nemanja Malesevic (No. 53), Davide Tortora (No. 74) and Alberto Colas (No. 121). Meanwhile, Broska teams up with Gregor Ramskogler in doubles to form the nation’s 15th-ranked pair.
The winner of Saturday’s top-40 matchup will return to the Orlando, Fla., courts on Sunday at noon against the winner of Saturday’s late afternoon affair between the Knights and Hawks.
Saturday will mark Miami’s 29th NCAA Championship appearance, as the Hurricanes are 16-28 all-time.
Overall, the Hurricanes are seeking their first Round of 16 appearance since 2009, when Miami topped No. 10 Florida, 4-3, in second round action.