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Tuesday February 28, 2012Men's Tennis Blanks USF Bulls, 7-0, in Final Match Before Conference Play

Gainesville, Fla.

The sixth-ranked Florida men’s tennis team returned to action after a week off by shutting out USF, 7-0, on Tuesday evening at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators took the doubles point with wins on courts 1 and 3, and all six singles courts won in straight sets.

 

Florida improved to 7-1 on the season in their final match before beginning Southeastern Conference play this weekend.

 

Andrew Butz (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Bob van Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) opened doubles play with an 8-3 win over USF’s Ravi Patel and Federico Sabogal in just 35 minutes at the third position.

 

“We’ve been practicing a lot of doubles this week,” said van Overbeek. “It was good to get out to an early lead and keep it the rest of the match. Usually we’ll get up and then get broken, so it was nice to hold that lead throughout the whole match.”

 

On court two, Tripper Carleton (Naples, Fla.) and Spencer Newman (Miami, Fla.) dropped their first doubles match of the dual season, falling to the Bulls’ Wael Kilani and Lucas Maric-Salcedo, 8-4.

 

Florida came away with the point after Billy Federhofer (North Miami, Fla.) and Nassim Slilam (Paris, France) teamed up at No. 1 doubles to beat Oliver Pramming and Yannick Yoshizawa, 8-5.

 

Butz opened singles action by quickly giving UF a 2-0 lead. Playing singles for just the third time this dual season, Butz beat Pramming, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 6 singles in 58 minutes.

 

“We had a rough week at the [ITA National Indoors]. We played much better today as a whole, everywhere,” said Butz. “It’s good to get into a groove and we’re looking to keep improving. It was good to get a win and try to get ready to play this weekend. We’ve got Tennessee and Georgia coming [to Gainesville] and those are big matches for us.”

 

Federhofer and Carleton, playing at No. 5 and No. 2 singles, respectively, also won their matches by 6-1, 6-2 scores. Federhofer beat Marin-Salcedo and a minute later Carleton closed out Kilani to clinch the team victory for the Gators.

 

In the remaining matches, Newman took down Sabogal, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 4 singles and Florent Diep (Paris, France) beat USF’s Juan Carlos Acuna Gerard, 7-5, 6-2, on court three. Van Overbeek completed the shutout with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Yoshizawa at the top position.

 

“It was very important [to get the win today],” said van Overbeek. “Coach [Jackson] scheduled this match knowing that we would have some time off after the Indoors and he didn’t want to schedule a bad team. USF, when they’re playing good, they can beat some really good teams. They’re good 1-6, and it was good to get to play some matches outside against good, quality opponents.”

 

Florida opens SEC play on Friday at 5 p.m. when Tennessee travels to Gainesville. The Gators will host Georgia on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both the Vols and the Bulldogs are ranked in the top 20 in the latest ITA poll.

 

“I expect the first couple to be like the last couple. It’s just brutal,” said head coach Andy Jackson. “We play Tennessee [on Friday], they’re top 25 and they are off to a really good start. They’ve got a lot of young guys who are going to swing for the fences against the Gators. We kind of swung for the fences against them last year when they were No. 2 and they’re going to do the same thing to us. We’ve just got to make sure that we’re there on Friday, and not try to play 11 matches on Friday. We can play Tennessee and we need to be there, or we’ll start out 0-1 [in the conference].”

 

 

2012 University of Florida Men’s Tennis

Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex

Gainesville, Florida

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

#6 Florida

vs.

#57 USF

Doubles

FLORIDA

vs

USF

Winner

 

Score (match length)

Billy Federhofer (9)

Yannick Yoshizawa

No. 1 -

Nassim Slilam (9)

 

Oliver Pramming

UF*

 

8-5 (:48)

Tripper Carleton (14)

Wael Kilani

No. 2 -

Spencer Newman (14)

 

Lucas Marin-Salcedo

USF

 

8-4 (:39)

Andrew Butz (29)

Ravi Patel

No. 3 -

Bob van Overbeek (29)

 

Federico Sabogal

UF

 

8-3 (:35)

Singles

FLORIDA

vs

USF

Winner

 

Score (match length)

No. 1 -

Bob van Overbeek (40)

 

Yannick Yoshizawa

UF

 

6-4, 6-3 (1:39)

No. 2 -

Tripper Carleton (101)

 

Wael Kilani

UF*

 

6-1, 6-2 (1:08)

No. 3 -

Florent Diep

 

Juan Carlos Acuna Gerard

UF

 

7-5, 6-2 (1:33)

No. 4 -

Spencer Newman (53)

 

Federico Sabogal

UF

 

6-3, 6-4 (1:29)

No. 5 -

Billy Federhofer

 

Lucas Marin-Salcedo

UF

 

6-1, 6-2 (1:07)

No. 6 -

Andrew Butz

 

Oliver Pramming

UF

 

6-1, 6-2 (:58)

FINAL SCORE:

Florida - 7

USF - 0

* Clinched victory

Records:

Florida (7-3)

USF (1-7)

Order of Finish:

Doubles: 3, 2, 1

Singles: 6, 5, 2, 4, 3, 1

Attendance:

156

 

 

 

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