Miami Starts The Weekend With A Win
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s tennis team won its third straight match on Friday afternoon, besting the Florida Atlantic Owls, 4-1, at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
The Hurricanes (8-1) handed the Owls (8-1) their first loss of the season, rallying after losing the doubles point to win four straight singles matches to clinch the victory. The third doubles duo of fourth-year junior Oren Vasser and freshman Martin Katz tallied Miami’s sole doubles victory, winning its match 6-2.
Vasser carried his winning momentum into singles play, tying the match at one after defeating FAU’s Filip Krolo, 6-2, 6-3, on court four. The win was the impetus of a dominant singles performance by the Hurricanes, as they won the next three matches in decisive fashion.
Katz and fellow freshman Casper Christensen won their matches on courts five and six, respectively, within a minute of each other. Christensen remains undefeated in singles action this spring with a 4-0 record, while Katz moves to 8-1 on the season.
The 117th-ranked singles player in the nation, graduate student Dan Martin clinched the match for the Hurricanes, defeating FAU’s top singles player, Carles Sarrio, 7-5, 6-3 at court one.
Fourth-year junior Bojan Jankulovski and fifth-year senior Benjamin Hannestad were in battles on their respective courts, each sitting tied at one set apiece with their opponents when the match was clinched.
The Hurricanes are back in action on Saturday when they host the Liberty Flames at 12 p.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. The first 50 fans will receive free pizza and a raffle ticket for the opportunity to win an authentic Miami match shirt.
No. 117 Dan Martin def. Carles Sarrio 7-5, 6-3
Bojan Jankulovski vs. Kevin Huempfner 6-4, 2-6, 0-2, unfinish.
Benjamin Hannestad vs. Alvaro Fernandez Horta 6-2, 3-6, 4-4, unfinish.
Oren Vasser def. Filip Krolo 6-2, 6-3
Martin Katz def. Gerard Escandell 6-4, 6-1
Casper Christensen def. Finn Stodder 6-0, 7-6 (7-2)
Carles Sarrio/Robbins def. No. 27 Franco Aubone/Benjamin Hannestad, 6-4
Kevin Huempfner/Filip Krolo def. Dan Martin/Juan Martin Jalif, 6-4
Oren Vasser/Martin Katz def. Alvaro Fernandez Horta/Finn Stodder, 6-2