Miami had several teams in action this past weekend. Here is a recap of the Canes’ many strong performances.
The women’s tennis team had a productive weekend as host of the University of Miami Invite. They kicked things off with 13 wins on Friday, highlighted by Stephanie Wagner and Brittany Dubins’ doubles victory over a top-25 tandem from Auburn.
The Canes continued their strong play with a dominant 7-1 singles record on Sunday, as Wagner and Lina Lileikite won the orange and green brackets, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Miami men traveled to ITA Regionals in Atlanta. They picked up six singles wins on Saturday. Competition continues through Tuesday if the Canes can stay alive in the draw.
Six up, six down. That’s how the Miami volleyball team has handled its opening slate of ACC games.
The Canes (13-3, 6-0 ACC) scored three-set wins over Pittsburgh on Friday and Maryland on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Blair Fuentez tallied 36 assists during the routine 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 victory over the Terrapins. Coach Jose Gandara was pleased with her distribution to several different Miami hitters.
“If you keep things even, they don’t know who is going to get the ball,” Gandara said.
Sunday’s game was dubbed “Dig Pink” in observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Hurricanes wore pink garments and sold T-shirts to benefit cancer research.
Miami will be back in action on Wednesday in Tallahassee, Fla. From there the Canes travel to South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame.
Miami fell short of a third straight win on Sunday, suffering a 3-0 road loss to Syracuse.
The match was in reach at halftime, when neither team had scored. But coach Mary-Frances Monroe thought the Canes came out flat, and failed to execute when Syracuse attacked after the break.
“I’m very disappointed in our performance today,” she said. “We didn’t show up to play in the first half. We came out to play in the second, had several great chances, but didn’t capitalize on them.”
Next up for Miami (8-5, 3-5 ACC) is a home matchup with Maryland at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The UM Sailing Canes were on the water for an in-conference regatta on Saturday. Miami placed fifth in a seven-team competition held at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club.
Eckerd College took first place, followed by South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Jacksonville in fourth.
“Considering the intense competition of many varsity sailing teams, we gave it our all out there, battled the increasing chop and wind, and got top finishes in the regatta,” said sophomore Giancarlo Falconi, who is a skipper in UM’s sailing club.
Miami didn’t suit up for a game this weekend, yet managed to move up three places in the latest Associated Press poll.
The Canes can thank Missouri, which knocked off No. 7 Georgia, and the upset-minded Texas Longhorns, who took down No. 12 Oklahoma. Miami was ranked 13th heading into their open Saturday, and will travel to North Carolina for a Thursday night matchup with the Tar Heels.
This surge in the polls marks the Hurricanes’ first appearance in the top 10 since 2009, and the first for Al Golden as a head coach.