CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s tennis team blanked Boston University, 7-0, to win its third consecutive match Friday, at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
“It’s nice to get a W. It doesn’t matter who you play, you have to show up and you have got to go. You have to be tough and you have to take care of business,” head coach Aljosa Piric said. “Our guys did that today. It is good to get a win, but it is time to put that behind us. Now our prep starts for Georgia Tech.”
The Hurricanes (6-3, 0-1 ACC) opened the match strong with a pair of shutout victories to take the one-point advantage, as well as momentum into singles play.
At No. 2, juniors Piotr Lomacki and Nile Clark entered their matchup against Jake De Vries and Mario Sandoval with a flawless 5-0 doubles record. The duo earned their sixth victory of the season, 6-0, to get the Canes on the board first.
The Hurricanes continued to dominate early in singles play, with five competitors – Lomacki, Langmo, Flores, Andrews and Clark – taking the opening set victories of their respected matches.
At No. 2, Langmo increased the Canes advantage to two points, when the junior earned a straight-set victory against Jay Leelavanich, 6-3, 6-4.
At No. 4, Flores set up the overall match point, after the senior took down Sandoval, 7-5, 6-3.
Needing only one more point to seal the match, the Hurricanes got two almost simultaneously. On court one, No. 67 Lomacki closed out his match against Bombonatti, 6-3, 6-4.
After trailing 4-1 in the opening set, Clark won 12 of the final 13 games to defeat Marc Sable, 6-4, 6-1, as Miami took the 5-0 lead.
Looking to complete its second shutout of the season, UM turned to court three where Andrews was in a battle against Simhadri. In a back-and-forth opening set, the senior took the tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-3). The native of Manchester, England, went on to win the second set and the match, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Junior Kevin Bondar capped the match with a comeback victory over De Vries. After falling in the opening set 4-6, the native of Calabasas, Calif., won a 22-point second set tiebreaker, 12-10, before claiming the match, 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 1-0 (10-2).
“It is good for Kevin. It was great to have him come out and win it under pressure,” Piric said. “I think the mentality of our team is the most important thing, when we show up in these matches. A collective mentality of toughness is what we are looking for.”
The Canes will return to the Neil Schiff tennis Center Sunday at noon, when they take on No. 17 Georgia Tech.
“We are looking for that same collective mentality of toughness on Sunday,” Piric said. “We are playing a really good team. We know they will be very well coached and that they are going to play very tough. But if we show up ready to go, anything can happen.”
Miami 7, Boston 0
1. #67 Piotr Lomacki (UM) def. Lucas Bombonatti (BU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Christian Langmo (UM) def. Jay Leelavanich (BU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Max Andrews (UM) def. Satyajit Simhadri (BU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. Jesse Flores (UM) def. Mario Sandoval (BU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Kevin Bondar (UM) def. Jake De Vries (BU) 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 1-0 (10-2)
6. Nile Clark (UM) def. Marc Sable (BU) 6-4, 6-1
Miami 6-3, 0-1 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,4,1,6,3,5)