“These kids are playing ball,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I’m so proud of how we’re playing for each other, for this school and for something bigger than simply our own performances. The mindset is paying dividends right now.”
After a quick bounce-back win in Coral Gables against in-state rival Florida State last week, No. 10 Miami took to the road once again, dominatingly beating Virginia Tech, 6-1, in Blacksburg to begin its two-game Virginia road stretch.
Miami men’s tennis (12-5, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost their third consecutive match in under a week. This time, the Louisville Cardinals (12-5, 4-1 ACC) got the better of the Canes in an extremely close match.
Miami (12-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) took to the courts at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on Friday night for its fourth match in the last seven days. Coming off emotional victories against No. 20 NC State and No. 26 Memphis, the Hurricanes lost some of their intensity against No. 31 North Carolina (7-5, 2-1 ACC).
“[Our doubles’ teams] have been gelling well,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Against the better teams, we need to come out a little bit faster, but teams have been gelling well, complimenting each other well, and coming away with mostly wins.”
When the Miami men’s tennis team (12-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scheduled a midweek doubleheader before the season started, they likely did not expect their first opponent, Memphis, to be as formidable as it ended up turning out. The Tigers (8-3) had shot up to No. 26 nationally, just behind the No. 24 Canes.
“As a former player, I am excited we are able to bring collegiate tennis matches to the Miami Open,” tournament director James Blake said in a Miami Open release. “Our goal is to make this an annual event here in Miami.”
Fifth-year senior Bojan Jankulovski pumped his fist and let out a roar as his teammates and fans erupted in applause. With his singles victory, Miami (10-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) clinched its first ranked win of the season against the North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-4, 1-2 ACC) on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Coral Gables.
“I have to give credit to a solid NC State team today. Their serves took them through some pretty important situations and gave them an opportunity to win,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “They were able to make adjustments in big moments that we didn’t make. I’m proud of our effort. We’re definitely taking steps in the right direction.”
“We played ball tonight. The conditions and being on the road didn’t seem to faze us,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We stayed coachable and fought our tails off. I’m proud of this crew.”
Wake Forest (18-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), the top-ranked team in the ACC and a perennial national title contender, was hungry to assert itself as the favorites for the conference. The Hurricanes were coming off a four-game win streak and an undefeated home court record on the season. For both teams, there was a lot on the line.
Miami men's and women's tennis had three home matches over the weekend, and were victorious in all. Here are some of the best photos...