CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The No. 54 University of Miami men's tennis team will look for its fifth consecutive victory when they battle No. 62 North Florida on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. The Hurricanes are currently 4-0 at home and 6-2 overall in the dual season.
Beginning at 10:55 a.m. 11-year-old Angela Munoz will sing the National Anthem.
Miami saw its last action on Feb. 10, when they traveled to Tampa, Fla. for a match against No. 55 USF. Behind solid performances in both singles and doubles competition, the Canes pulled out a 5-2 victory over the Bulls. The Hurricanes claimed the doubles point from wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions in the lineup. Juniors Omar Aly and Gabriel Flores drew first blood at No. 2 doubles, as they battled to an 8-3 victory. Wilfredo Gonzalez and Marco Stancati secured the doubles point for the Canes, as they tallied an 8-7 victory at No. 1 doubles.
The Canes continued its strong play in singles competition, as they tabbed three singles wins in straight sets to clinch the match. Diego Soto, playing at the No. 1 position, cruised past his opponent, 6-2, 6-2 to double the lead for the Canes. UM's second singles win came from sophomore Wilfredo Gonzalez, as he downed his opponent 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. Senior Victor Mauz notched the match-clinching point for the Canes after his 7-5, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 position.
Omar Aly returned to the singles lineup, giving the Hurricanes its last point of the day with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory from the No. 4 position.
North Florida is coming off a 6-1 loss to No. 20 Baylor in a home match on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Jacksonville, Fla. The loss drops UNF to 2-6 on the season. The Ospreys are led by No. 96 singles player Moritz Buerchner, who will likely face Miami's Diego Soto at the No. 1 singles position in Sunday's match.
Miami and North Florida last faced each other on Feb. 26, 2012, in a match that ended in a 5-2 victory for the Canes. Sunday marks the Hurricanes' seventh match against a nationally ranked opponent. The Canes are currently 4-2 against ranked opposition.
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