The Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team set to travel to Syracuse on Wednesday for an ACC tilt with the Orange.
Syracuse enters Wednesday night’s matchup ranked at No. 13/14 with a 15-3 (4-1 ACC) record, including a perfect 6-0 record at home. The Orange are led by junior guard Tiana Mangakahia, who averages 16.3 points and 7.9 assists per game.
The Hurricanes (16-4, 4-1 ACC) reentered the top 25 of the USA TODAY Coaches Poll at No. 23 after claiming a 76-68 home victory against North Carolina on Sunday. Redshirt junior forward Beatrice Mompremier was named the ACC Player of the Week for the second time this season after scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds against the Tar Heels.
Mompremier and sophomore guard Mykea Gray combined for 29 points in the opening half, with 14 and 15, respectively. Miami never trailed in the game. Gray finished with 17 points and a career-high-tying six assists, her most in conference play this season.
”Heroic effort by Beatrice. Emese is battling in there, making big buckets when we need them,” Meier said. “Mykea’s first half was pretty much perfect, she was fantastic. And then Laura with the 10 rebounds [was huge. It is] to the point where you’re like whatever is necessary [to do, we will do]. We’ll win ugly. That was a beautiful game for a while there. You’re supposed to win the game and we’ve been finding a way to win.”
Miami has defeated North Carolina in six of the past eight meetings. With the win, Miami has now defeated both Duke and North Carolina in the season in three of the past four years. The Hurricanes have never done so once prior to 2015-16.
Syracuse enters Wednesday night’s matchup at 15-3 (4-1 ACC) on the season, including a perfect 6-0 at home. Junior guard Tiana Mangakahia leads the team with 16.3 points and 7.9 assists per game, the latter mark placing her atop the ACC leaderboard and third nationally.
Miami owns a 19-9 record in its all-time series with Syracuse.
Men’s Tennis dominates Florida Atlantic
The Canes men’s tennis team improved to 3-0 on the season defeating Florida Atlantic 6-1 on Monday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
Miami is now 23-1 against FAU, extending their streak to 15 wins over the Owls. The win marks the Canes’ best start since opening the 2008 season. With the win, the Hurricanes improve to 23-1 against the Owls, while extending their winning streak in the series to 15 matches.
Both teams kept it interesting during doubles action. FAU duo Jason Legall and Ignacio Garcia claimed the win in the top position over Miami’s Franco Aubone and Kaya Gore. The Hurricanes responded with back-to-back wins to take the doubles point as sophomores Bojan Jankulovski and Adria Soriano Barrera defeat Gabriel Sidney and Kirac Bekisoglu, 6-3, and juniors Dane Dunlap and Stephen Madonia edge Mehdi Laalej and Thomas Guy, 6-4.
“We have talked about how doubles is a catalyst for college tennis matches,” Miami head coach Aljosa Piric said. “In the last week, we have been talking about doubles in practice. [We are] just trying to establish the energy and trying to establish some things that are important in college matches when it comes to doubles. And our guys brought that today. We definitely outmatched the other guys, FAU, in that department and I was really pleased to see our guys dig in there. Getting the doubles point just kind of carried the momentum going forward.”
Sophomore Adria Soriano Barrera was named ACC Player of the Week on Tuesday. The Barcelona, Spain, native is ranked No. 21 on the Oracle/ITA singles list. His recent win was a 6-4, 6-1, triumph over Florida Atlantic’s Jason Legall at the top position.
The last Hurricane individual to win this award was Diego Soto on Feb. 5, 2013. Soriano Barrera also received ACC Doubles Team of the Week accolades last season alongside doubles partner Christian Langmo.
The Hurricanes swept the singles competition to claim the match. Miami will travel west for a showdown with Utah State at ITA Kickoff Weekend in Austin, Texas on Jan 15.
Women’s Tennis sweeps doubleheader
The University of Miami women’s tennis team traveled to the FGCU Tennis Complex on Saturday and came out with a par of wins. The Hurricanes extended their season opening streak with wins over Cornell (6-1) and Florida Gulf Coast.
It was the Canes’ first meeting with Cornell, but are now 5-0 against the Eagles.
The doubles pair of freshman Daevenia Achong and junior Estela Perez-Somarriba swept the doubleheader with a 6-1 win over Cornell’s Maria Adiaconitei and Mariko Iinuma and a 6-3 victory over FGCU’s Madison Gallegos and Sofia Perez.
Achong was named the ACC Co-Player of the Week, alongside Florida State’s Ana Oparenovic. She was also named the ACC Freshman of the Week. She went 6-0 across her singles and doubles matches this season.
In singles, the seventh-ranked Perez-Somarriba triumphed over Maja Ornberg of FGCU (6-0, 6-2).
Next stop is the ITA Kick-Off Weekend opener in Evanston, Ill, where the Hurricanes will open with duel against Tulsa on Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.
Soccer standout turns pro
Former Hurricane soccer standout Phallon Tullis-Joyce signed a professional contract to play for Stade de Reims, which competes in the French Ligue 2. She played five years in Miami at goal keeper and ranks in the top-three all-time in numerous statistical categories, with 24 wins (third), 14 shutouts (tied for second), 259 saves (third) and 5,584 minutes in net (second) over 62 starts.
Tullis-Joyce earned Second Team All-ACC accolades after making a career-high 85 saves, including an ACC-leading 4.72 saves per game during her redshirt senior season in 2018.