The 14th-ranked Miami men’s tennis team handed No. 8 Virginia its first ACC loss in two seasons Friday, knocking off the Cavaliers 4-3.
The victory over the Cavaliers (17-6, 7-1 ACC) marks Miami’s (14-3, 6-2 ACC) fourth over a higher ranked opponent this season.
Virginia opened the afternoon with a 3-0 sweep in doubles, including the Cavaliers’ 27th-ranked tandem of Rylan Rizza and Nick Meythaler’s 8-5 victory over UM’s 30th-ranked duo of Luigi D’Agord and Daniel Vallverdu. Heading into singles, D’Agord-ranked 5th nationally-put UM on the board first with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 9 Somdev Devvarman.
Virginia’s 53rd-ranked Treat Huey claimed the next singles point, downing Tim Krebs 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4. Next was UM’s Vallverdu, who upended No. 91 Doug Stewart 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 just before John Hoyes defeated UVa’ Darrin Cohen 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6.
The match drew to a 3-3 tie when Rizza overtook the Hurricanes’ 72nd-ranked Josh Cohen 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 on the No. 2 court. With the deciding match point focused on court No. 5, Miami’s Eric Hechtman bounced back from a 6-4 first set loss to Marko Miklo to win 6-2, 6-1 in the second and third sets, respectively, clinching the upset.
The University of Miami rowing team’s Novice 8 came in first and the Varsity 8 and Junior Varsity 8 came in second at the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA) State Championships Saturday afternoon at the Krome Avenue Quarry.
UM’s boat of Laura Comeau (Cox), Sarah Conlon, Emy Huntsman, Natasha Lejer, Laura Coltman, Laura Cordner, Rachel Clausing, Bethany Krawec and Kelly Amsler kept contact with the UCF boat for the first 1,500 meters but could not over take the Golden Knights. The Junior Varsity 8 likewise struggled. The boat of Jessica Martin (Cox), Molly Wilson, Jaquelene Heywood, Marleena Eyre, Sarah Stocks, Rachel Sporko, Sarah Greyer, Valerie Webb and Meghan White came in second behind UCF in a time of 8:46.9.
Miami’s Double of Charlotte Hillery and Taurii Coyne managed to claim a win in the shortened 1,000 meter course with a time of 4:49.8.
Miami’s novice/freshman 8 also claimed a victory with a time of 8:29.0. The boat of Marcy Gunning (Cox), Kelly Amsler, Marleena Eyre, Rachel Sporko, Laura Cordner, Megan Hudson, Justine Lewis, Olivia Arkell and Anika Arevallo beat UCF, among others.
In the final race of the regatta, Miami’s Varsity 4 crew of Meghan Leydecker (Cox), Taurii Coyne, Julianne Parker, Mackenzie Dove and Marenda Chamberlin finished third behind Florida Tech and Barry in a time of 9:41.4. The Hurricanes beat out crews from Jacksonville, Nova Southeastern and UCF.
The Hurricanes return to action Saturday, April 15 for the Southern Intercollegiate Regatta, a two-day event.