UM men’s tennis team falls to FSU in ACC tourney

04/25/2014 12:01 AM

04/25/2014 12:37 AM

The ninth-seeded University of Miami men’s tennis team lost to eighth-seeded Florida State 4-0 in the ACC championships Thursday in Cary, N.C.

The Seminoles secured the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matches, then picked up three singles victories to secure the match win and move on in the tournament.

Senior duo Gabriel Flores and Diego Soto were beaten by Michael Rinaldi and Garyson Goldin 8-3.

William Albanese and Henrique Tsukamoto were able to keep close to Blake Davis and Cristian Gonzales but were ultimately lost 8-6. Omar Aly and Wilfredo Gonzalez’ match against Dominic Cotrone and Marco Nunez went unfinished after FSU secured the doubles point.

In singles, No. 68 Aly was defeated by No. 72 Dominic Cotrone 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 1 position, then William Albanese had the same fate, falling to Garyson Goldin 6-1, 6-1, giving the Seminoles a 3-0 lead.

The Canes needed to win the final four singles matches, and in tough battles, all four were all pushed to the third set.

Ultimately, Soto was beaten by Marco Nunez 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, allowing the Seminoles to secure the win.

Women’s tennis

•  Barry 5, Florida Tech 0: The top-seeded Buccaneers made short work of No. 8 seed Florida Tech 5-0 in the first round of the 2014 Sunshine State Conference women’s tennis tournament at the Bert R. Martin Tennis Complex on the campus of Rollins College.

In four of the five completed matches, the Bucs (21-1) lost a total of two games. At No. 1 doubles, the 25th-ranked Buccaneer pair of Kimmy Twelker and Anaeve Pain pulled a mild upset by beating the Panthers’ 15th-ranked pair of Kristina Huba and Natasa Vukovic to complete the doubles sweep.

At No. 2, Emma Onila and Linda Fritschken, ranked sixth after winning the NCAA Division II doubles title in the fall, shut out Chloe Chanley and Jessica Widmark 8-0, and at No. 3 Karina Goia and Blanka Szavay defeated Merritt Rabson and Katie Close 8-1.

In singles, the Bucs took first sets at five of six matches and led in the other. Christina Valladares made it 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Gwendolyn Kauffmann at No. 5. Akemi Maehama closed out the match 6-0, 6-0 over Aly Ruschak at No. 6.

The Bucs will face No. 4 Rollins, a 5-1 winner over Florida Southern, in the semifinals Friday at 12:30 p.m.

UF coach dies

University of Florida men’s and women’s diving coach Donnie Craine, 61, died Thursday morning in a boating accident off the coast of Bokeelia near Fort Myers.

Thirty of Craine’s 37-year coaching career was spent with the Gators.

The Fort Lauderdale native started his Gator coaching career in 1976 after graduating from the University of Michigan.

Craine is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mindy, and three children — Keith (31), Christopher (30) and Stephanie (26).

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