CORAL GABLES, Fla. -The No. 69 University of Miami men's tennis team was edged out, 4-3, by No. 58 Texas Tech this afternoon in a long drama-filled match in Lubbock, Texas at the McLeod Tennis Center. The loss drops Miami's record to 6-4 on the dual season.
No. 58 Texas Tech vs. No. 69 Miami
|Vitor Manzini/Gabriel Dias|
|Wilfredo Gonzalez/Diego Soto||unf|
|Felipe Soares/Jeff Bryan||8|
|Gabriel Flores/Omar Aly||2|
|Hugo Dojas/Raphael Pfister||8|
|Henrique Tsukamoto/Diego Soto||5|
"Our team fought hard today," head coach Mario Rincon said. "But unfortunately we could not get the win. We hope to learn a lot from this match today and we look forward to playing New Mexico tomorrow."
The Red Raiders presented a stiff challenge in doubles competition, as Texas Tech's Felipe Soares and Jeff Bryan defeated Miami's Omar Aly and Gabriel Flores, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles. Texas Tech clinched the doubles point with a victory on court three, as Hugo Dojas and Raphael Pfister outlasted Diego Soto and Henrique Tsukamoto, 8-5.
Texas Tech continued its strong play early on in singles, claiming wins on courts two and three in straight sets.
Wilfredo Gonzalez, who has won five consecutive singles matches, came up short and dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision to Hugo Dojas at No. 3 singles. On court two, Gabriel Flores fought hard but was defeated 6-1, 6-3, by Gabriel Dias, giving the Red Raiders a 3-0 advantage.
Despite being down 3-0, the Hurricanes kept their composure and did not give up.
Miami trimmed the deficit to 3-1 after Omar Aly cruised past Felipe Soares for a 6-2, 7-6 win on court four. At No. 1 singles, Diego Soto dropped the first set, 4-6, but battled back to a 6-3 victory in the second frame. Soto dug deep and finished off Vitor Manzini in the third set, 7-5, clipping the Red Raider's lead down to 3-2.
Freshman William Albanese took the first set in his match against Raphael Pfister, 6-4, before dropping the second set 6-3. Albanese stood tall in the third frame and downed Pfister, 7-6, tying the match at 3-3 for the Canes.
"We put ourselves in a great position to win the match with great wins by Diego, Omar and William," Rincon explained. "After being down three zero."
It all came down to a decisive No. 5 singles match.
Marco Stancati, who replaced Victor Mauz due to injury, entered the singles lineup for the first time since Jan. 27 at the No. 5 position. Stancati showed no signs of rust in the early going as he downed Francisco Zambons, 7-5, in the first set. Zambon rallied in the second frame and extended the match to a third set with a 6-4 win.
The final frame was another hotly contested competition between the two players, but the Red Raiders clinched the victory after Zambon slid past Stancati, 7-6, in the tiebreaker.
Miami will remain in Lubbock, Texas for a match tomorrow at 1 p.m. against New Mexico at the McLeod Tennis Center. The Lobos are currently 5-6 on the season.
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1. Diego Soto (MIA) def. Vitor Manzini (TT) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
2. Gabriel Dias (TT) def. Gabriel Flores (MIA) 6-1, 6-3
3. Hugo Dojas (TT) def. Wilfredo Gonzalez (MIA) 6-2, 6-1
4. Omar Aly (MIA) def. Felipe Soares (TT) 6-2, 7-6
5. Francisco Zambon (TT) def. Marco Stancati (MIA) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6
6. William Albanese (MIA) def. Raphael Pfister (TT) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
1. Wilfredo Gonzalez/Marco Stancati (MIA) vs. Vitor Manzini/Gabriel Dias (TT) unf
2. Felipe Soares/Jeff Bryan (TT) def. Omar Aly/Gabriel Flores (MIA) 8-2
3. Hugo Dojas/Raphael Pfister (TT) def. Diego Soto/Henrique Tsukamoto 8-5
Texas Tech, 7-3; National Ranking #58
Miami 6-4; National Ranking #69