It looked like the Canes were on pace to host a regional in Coral Gables once again, but the selection committee felt otherwise. Dropping an extra inning battle to the eventual ACC Champion North Carolina Tar Heels not only put a halt to their pursuit of an ACC Championship, but also to the possibility of hosting a regional for Gino DiMare’s club.
The Hurricanes will be traveling to Starksville, Mississippi as a two-seed and will be taking on the Mid-Atlantic conference champions in Central Michigan, who are 46-12 on the year and are currently riding an 18-game winning streak.
The Chippewas last loss came on April 23rd when they took a 26-19 loss (no, that is not a football score — that was the actual score of the game) to Davenport.
The winner of that game will take on the winner of the one-seed and regional host Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are 46-13 and are coming off a 12-2 loss to LSU in the SEC tournament, and Southern University, who are 32-22 and SWAC champions.
It truly was a tough draw for the Canes, who can sit around feeling sorry for themselves or can accept their circumstances and take care of business. If the goal really is Omaha, then beating these types of teams is a must.
Miami goes to Starkville. What a bizarre choice from the committee. Mississippi State is a national seed, and the #Canes were on the hosting bubble. Absolutely unfair to both teams. Committee must think UM isn’t as good as their resume, or their play on the field, says.— John Reynolds (@NextCaneUp) May 27, 2019
The Hurricanes are currently 39-18 on the year and will open up regional play on Friday at 8:00 p.m.
* In other Canes news, it should be widely understood and acknowledged that Hurricanes Woman’s Tennis star Estrella Perez-Somarriba won a national championship this past Saturday.
STELA IS THE NATIONAL CHAMPION!! pic.twitter.com/DCfkAZZVLR— Canes Women's Tennis (@CanesWTennis) May 26, 2019
ESTELA PEREZ-SOMARRIBA OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI WINS THE 2019 WOMEN'S SINGLES TENNIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!! #TheU #MiamiHurricanes— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) May 26, 2019
Congratulations to her and the rest of the Miami Tennis program on this incredible feat.
As always, Go Canes!