Miami Bests FGCU For Third Straight Win
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s tennis won its third straight match to start the season, defeating the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (2-1), 6-1, Friday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
The Hurricanes (3-0) quickly took care of business in doubles action, securing the doubles point thanks to a 6-2 win by the No. 7 doubles pair of Franco Aubone and Benjamin Hannestad, and a 6-3 victory by the Miami duo of Juan Martin Jalif and Martin Katz.
A trio of Canes – Hannestad, Jalif and Katz – remained undefeated in singles play on the season, each posting wins in their respective singles matches.
At second singles, Hannestad took the first set, 6-3, but dropped the second in a tough 5-7 battle. The fifth-year player stayed resilient, grinding out a 7-6 (6) third set victory to move to 3-0 in singles action this season.
Katz cruised to a two-set, 6-3, 6-3 victory over FGCU’s Gugli Stefanacci, while Jalif bested his FGCU opponent, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 10-8, winning the 10-point third set tiebreak.
The No. 121 player in the nation, graduate student Dan Martin, recorded his second singles win of the season, defeating FGCU’s Juan Montes, 6-2, 7-5 on Friday.
Fifth-year senior Bojan Jankulovski was tagged with his first loss of the season at first singles, falling 7-5, 6-4, to Magnus Johnson.
The Canes seek to carry their momentum into their fourth match of the season, a meeting with North Florida on Saturday at 1 p.m.