“We fight,” sophomore guard Mykea Gray said, who led UM with 19 points. “That’s one thing I can say about our team. No matter how down we are at the moment, we always find a way to bounce back.”
“I want to be ranked first, honestly,” Perez-Somarriba said. “That’s the reason why I wake up in the morning and I go to practice and give my best. Obviously, winning the national title is in my mind. Daily work is the only way to impact those results. All the accolades are extra. I’m improving so much as a person. I’m learning so much from my coaches, from my teammates so all these accolades are great, but they’re extra.”
“It’s very closely mimicking life,” he said. “Points are played, and they’re either won or lost. That’s how I looked at it. You either win or you lose. Every time you step on the line, you have the opportunity to do it again. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned from competing in tennis. That’s something I try to pass down to my players.”
“I am very pleased in the way our guys competed today,” said Hurricanes coach Aljosa Piric. “I am very pleased in the way over guys showed up to battle against a tough FAU team. This is a good team that we just beat and it should just give our guys a lot of confidence going forward.”
“It was a special game for me, a special moment,” Cornelius said. “I wasn’t really nervous, but it was really special. I was really excited. We played well. I got to scored again. I got to pass again, run through the smoke again, this time in a jersey, not in a sweatsuit.”
“It’s awesome to get this win because you can’t downplay the rivalry Miami and Florida State have,” coach Jose “Keno” Gandara said.
“The talent is there, it’s just a matter of putting it all together at the right time,” coach Patti Rizzo told hurricanesports.com. “We obviously needed a warm up, but luckily they found themselves pretty fast. I’m glad we leave again next weekend while they are hot. Very proud of them all.”
Senior Dewi Weber had a strong showing in the Hurricanes’ first tournament of the year over the weekend, finishing in fourth place individually at the Mary Fossum Invitational in Michigan – her 17th career top-10 finish.