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Sunday February 19, 2012Gators fall to Duke to Wrap-Up ITA National Indoor Championships

Charlottesville, Va.

The fifth-ranked University of Florida men’s tennis team wrapped-up play at the 2012 ITA National Indoor Championships with a 4-0 loss to the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils, this afternoon at the Boar’s Head Tennis Club in Charlottesville, Va.


The Gators fell behind early 1-0 after dropping the doubles point. At No. 1 doubles, Duke’s Henrique Cunha and Fred Saba made quick work of Nassim Slilam and Billy Federhofer, 8-3. The other two doubles bouts were tight, back-and-forth affairs, however UF could not come out on top as the No. 3 doubles team of Andrew Butz and Bob van Overbeek fell by a narrow 6-8 margin to wrap-up the doubles point for the Blue Devils. UF’s No. 2 doubles team of Tripper Carleton and Spencer Newman were left on the court trailing by a narrow 6-5 margin.    


In singles, Duke again got off to a fast start winning at No. 1 and No. 2 singles in straight-sets as van Overbeek and Carleton fell to top-20 opponents by the scores of 2-6, 0-6 and 4-6, 2-6, respectively.   Duke closed out the match shortly thereafter as Torsten Wietoska beat Slilam 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 3 singles spot. The Gators were trailing in the three matches still on the court as play was halted.


With the loss the Gators fall to 6-3 in dual action, while the Blue Devils improve to 9-1.  


The Orange and Blue return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 28, when they host USF at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex in a 3 p.m. contest.


2012 ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship

Hosted by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. At the Boar’s Head Tennis Club

February 19, 2012


#5 Florida vs. #10 Duke



No. 1 – (13) Cunha/Saba (DU) def. (9) Slilam/Federhofer (UF), 8-3

No. 2 – Mengel/Holland (DU) led (14) Carleton/Newman (UF), 6-5 (DNF)

No. 3* – Wietoska/Hemmeler (DU) def. (29) Butz/van Overbeek (UF), 8-6



No. 1 – (2) Henrique Cunha (DU) def. (40) Bob van Overbeek (UF), 6-2, 6-0

No. 2 – (17) Chris Mengel (DU) def. (101) Tripper Carleton (UF), 6-4, 6-2

No. 3* – Torsten Wietoska (DU) def. Nassim Slilam (UF), 6-4, 6-3

No. 4 – Fred Saba (DU) led Florent Diep (UF), 7-6 (5), 2-2 (DNF)

No. 5 – Raphael Hemmeler (DU) led (53) Spencer Newman (UF), 7-5, 0-3 (DNF)

No. 6 – Jason Tahir (DU) led Mike Alford (UF), 7-6 (DNF)


Order of Finish

Doubles – 1, 3

Singles –  1, 2, 3

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