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Antoine Benneteau (left) and Alexandre Lacroix

Tuesday May 11, 2010Benneteau, Lacroix Earn All-American Honors

Gainesville, Fla.

Antoine Benneteau (left) and Alexandre Lacroix

Florida junior Alexandre Lacroix (Paris, France) and senior Antoine Benneteau (Boulogne-Billancourt, France) have earned a place on the 2010 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I Menís All-American Team.

 

Lacroix receives the honor in both singles and doubles, while Benneteauís recognition comes for his doubles performance this season.

 

Lacroix has paced Florida in singles during 2009-10 with a 32-9 record, a win total that is tied for eighth all-time in a single season in UF history. He has appeared at No. 1 singles in every dual match for the sixth-ranked Gators (19-4) and holds a 17-5 record at that position. He is 22-8 against ranked foes this year, including 2-1 against top-five opponents.

 

Benneteau and Lacroix have posted a 29-6 record in doubles action, putting them one win away from becoming just the second duo in UF history to reach 30 wins together in a single season. The pair has appeared at No. 1 doubles in every dual match this season and holds a 17-5 record in that situation. They are 7-2 against ranked opponents.

 

Lacroix and Benneteau bring the programís list of All-Americans to 18, with seven of those coming since 2002 under the watch of head coach Andy Jackson. Most recently, Greg Ouelette was a singles All-American in 2008, while Ouellete and Jesse Levine were the last Florida doubles pair to gain the honor, earning it in 2007.

 

The Gators compete next in the NCAA Team Tournament, hosting the first two rounds May 15-16. They face South Carolina State at noon on May 15, with an opportunity to advance to the regional final against Auburn or Troy on May 16 at 2 p.m. The winners of this NCAA Regional along with 15 others across the nation will move on to the team championship in Athens, Ga., May 21-25.

 

Several criteria are used to determine All-Americans for menís tennis, rewarding both consistent play throughout the season and strong post-season performances. In singles, All-American status is awarded to those who earn a top 16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championships, reach the Round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championships or finish in the top 20 of the final ITA rankings. Doubles All-American status is earned with a top eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championships, by reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships or a top-10 finish in the final ITA rankings.

 

This yearís UF honorees are guaranteed a spot on that list by virtue of their respective seeds for the singles and doubles NCAA tournaments. Lacroix is the No. 8 seed in the singles event, while he and Benneteau will hold a No. 5-8 seed in the doubles draw.

 

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