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Feb. 3, 2013

Rice could not overcome a slow start and an injury that shuffled the singles lineup as 60th ranked Miami beat the Owls 6-1 at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Florida on Sunday morning.

The Hurricanes grabbed the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3, but events on court one would have an even greater impact.

Seniors Peter Frank and Jonathan Chang held a 7-6 advantage in their match, but Frank was struck in the head by a ball during a flurry of volleys at the net. Their match was suspended when the doubles point was clinched, but Frank was unable to compete in No. 2 singles, forcing the rest of the lineup into a late change.

"Coming in, we really liked our matchups in singles, but that went out the window when Peter was hurt," Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "We came out a little flat after doubles and Miami plays very well at home. The bottom line is we did not play very well as a team."

Ustundag said Frank told him after doubles that he could not continue. He will be evaluated further once the team returns to Houston and his status for Thursday's home match for Texas A&M will be determined later this week.

While the Hurricanes quickly clinched the match with singles wins at 1, 2 and 6, Ustundag praised the efforts of Philipp Seifert, Tommy Bennett and Gustavo Gonzalez to challenge for points.

"Philipp played a very good match and got us on the board. Gustavo shook off a 6-0 first set loss to win a tiebreaker in the second and Tommy played a heck of a match to come back from a 6-1 first set loss."

The Owls will be back on their home courts at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Thursday when they welcome 16th ranked Texas A&M for a 1 p.m. first serve.

 

 

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