"I could not be more proud of our guys," head coach Mario Rincon said. "We had a great weekend, defeating two solid teams at home. Our doubles are getting much better and our team is getting better overall."
In doubles, the tandem of Omar Aly and Gabriel Flores claimed the first victory of the afternoon over Adam Gustaffson and Tommy Bennett, 8-3. On court three, Henrique Tsukamoto and Diego Soto defeated Leif Berger and Philipp Seifert, 8-7, to secure the doubles point for the Canes.
Wilfredo Gonzalez and Marco Stancati, playing at No. 1 doubles, were leading Peter Frank and Jonathan Chang, 7-6, but the match was ruled unfinished after the Canes clinched the doubles point.
"We played with great intensity in doubles," assistant coach Mark Dickson said. "Marco (Stancati) has been feeling sick the last couple of days but he's contributed an awful lot at number one doubles. Even though they weren't able to finish today, they gave a lot of momentum to our number 2 and 3 doubles."
Diego Soto, who turned 21 today, helped the Hurricanes to an early 2-0 lead after his straight sets victory at No. 1 singles over Rice's Jonathon Change, 6-2, 6-1.
"Diego is the ultimate fighter," Rincon said. "He will run down every ball and wears his opponents down. He's a very smart player, so if there is a weakness in your game, Diego will figure it out and take advantage."
Maintaining the momentum, Gabriel Flores notched a straight sets victory over Adam Gustaffson, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 2 singles.
William Albanese continued his solid freshman campaign, as he scored the match-clinching singles point over Leif Berger, 7-5, 6-0.
"William has been great," Assistant coach Mark Dickson said. "It is tough coming from junior tennis to collegiate tennis, especially in ACC. But he's handled it well and has stepped up big for us."
After dominating the Owl's Gustavo Gonzalez, 6-0, in the first set, Henrique Tsukamoto lost in the second set, 6-7, but bounced back to capture the win with a 10-7 tiebreaking win. Senior Victor Mauz played in a highly competitive match, but came up short against Philipp Seifert, losing 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Providing the last victory of the day for the Canes was Wilfredo Gonzalez, as he defeated Tommy Bennet in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
Miami returns back to action Friday, Feb 8 at 2 p.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, looking for their second victory this season over No. 74 Louisiana-Lafayette. The two teams faced each other in Columbus, Ohio, for the ITA Kickoff Weekend that ended in a 4-3 victory for the Canes.
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Rice vs Miami, Fla.
Feb 3, 2013 at Miami, Fla
(Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
#50 Rice 1, #60 Miami, Fla. 6
1. Diego Soto (MIA) def. Jonathan Chang (RICE) 6-2, 6-1
2. Gabriel Flores (MIA) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 6-4, 6-1
3. Wilfredo Gonzalez (MIA) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
4. Philipp Seifert (RICE) def. Victor Mauz (MIA) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
5. Henrique Tsukamoto (MIA) def. Gustavo Gonzalez (RICE) 6-0, 6-7, 10-7
6. William Albanese (MIA) def. Leif Berger (RICE) 7-5, 6-0
1. Peter Frank/Jonathan Chang (RICE) vs. Wilfredo Gonzalez/Marco Stancati (MIA) 7-6, unfinished
2. Omar Aly/Gabriel Flores (MIA) def. Tommy Bennett/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 8-3
3. Diego Soto/Henrique Tsukamoto (MIA) def. Leif Berger/Philipp Seifert (RICE) 8-7
Miami 3-2; National ranking #60
Rice 2-2; National ranking #50