For the sixth time in its 12 years in the conference, the University of Miami women’s tennis team is headed to the ACC Championship final.
The seventh-ranked and second-seeded Hurricanes earned a 4-2 victory over No. 15 and third-seeded Georgia Tech on Saturday in Cary, North Carolina. The win was also the 15th in a row for Miami (19-4), which now has its longest winning streak of the past decade.
UM will play top-seeded North Carolina (28-2 in the the final at 10 p.m. Sunday. UNC beat back fifth-seeded Virginia 4-1 in the other semifinal. The Tar Heels beat the Canes 4-3 in February and have won 18 matches in a row.
▪ FIU 4, Old Dominion 2: The No. 44 Panthers (17-2) defeated the Monarchs (14-8) to earn a berth in the final of this year’s Conference USA women’s championship in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Panthers will face No. 45 Rice in the championship match at 11 a.m. Sunday.
▪ FIU 4, FAU 3: Irving Lopez singled home Nick Day to snap a tie score in the bottom of the eighth as the host Panthers (19-21, 7-10 C-USA) edged the No. 17 Owls (27-10, 11-6) for the second consecutive night. FIU won 7-6 Friday to take the first two games of the three-game series against FAU and goes for the sweep Sunday afternoon.
▪ St. Thomas 11-9, Keiser University 8-6: The Bobcats (31-17, 15-7 The Sun Conference) defeated the host Seahawks (31-19, 13-9) in a doubleheader.
▪ Nova Southeastern 10-6, Embry-Riddle 8-0: The No. 13 Sharks (31-13, 14-4 Sunshine State Conference) completed the sweep of the Eagles (28-19).
▪ Barry 8-10, Rollins 5-11: The Buccaneers (22-21, 6-12 SSC) closed out their final weekend home series of the season with a doubleheader split against the Tars (22-20, 7-13).
▪ Lynn 9-6, Nova Southeastern 0-4: The Sharks (12-36, 2-22 SSC) lost a doubleheader against the host Fighting Knights (15-30-1, 4-16-1).
▪ Palm Beach Atlantic 2-1, Barry 0-0: The Buccaneers (22-17) were shut out in a doubleheader sweep by the host Sailfish (34-15).
▪ Thomas 5-6, St. Thomas 4-5: The host Night Hawks (18-19, 6-6 TSC) won two one-run games over the Bobcats (16-21, 5-7) for the sweep.
▪ South Carolina 4, FIU 1: The 10th-ranked Panthers (13-9) had their season end with a loss to the Gamecocks in the quarterfinals of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Conference Tournament in Emerson, Georgia.
▪ Rayo OKC 3, Miami FC 2: The coveted first win continues to elude Miami FC. The expansion NASL club again was denied a victory in its fourth match of the season against fellow expansion team Rayo OKC on Friday night.
Defender Michel converted on a penalty kick in the 84th minute as Rayo OKC defeated Miami FC at FIU Stadium. Match referee Rubiel Vazquez called a foul on Miami FC defender Adailton as he battled Rayo OKC forward Billy Forbes for the ball on the edges of the penalty area. Michel beat goalkeeper Daniel Vega with a low shot that landed inside the left post.
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▪ Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1, Jacksonville Armada FC 1: Maicon Santos scored in the 74th minute to help the Strikers tie the host Armada in a NASL game.