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Friday March 2, 2012Men's Tennis Opens SEC Play With 4-3 Win Over No. 19 Tennessee

Gainesville, Fla.

The 10th-ranked Florida men’s tennis team opened Southeastern Conference play with a victory, beating No. 19 Tennessee 4-3 on Friday evening at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. Junior Tripper Carleton (Naples, Fla.) secured the victory with a straight-set win at No. 2 singles.

 

Florida (8-3, 1-0 SEC) claimed the doubles point for the eighth time this season, and used wins at two, four and six singles to build a 4-1 lead before Tennessee (7-7, 0-1) won the final two matches.

 

“We’re pleased to be in first place instead of last place, which is what we were playing for today,” said head coach Andy Jackson. “It was an odd match. After the win I thought we played OK, I don’t think we played that well, but a lot of that has to do with Tennessee’s good preparation. We’re excited to play on Sunday.”

 

In doubles action, Carleton and Spencer Newman (Miami, Fla.) came out firing against Tennessee’s Jarryd Chaplin and Brandon Fickey at the No. 2 position. Both teams held their first service games, then the Gator duo reeled off seven straight games, including four breaks, to win 8-1 in just 32 minutes.

 

On court three, Florida’s Andrew Butz (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Bob van Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) exchanged early breaks with UT’s Edward Jones and Bryan Swartz, but the UF pair earned two more breaks and clinched the doubles point with an 8-3 victory.

 

On court one, the Vols’ Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese beat Florida’s Billy Federhofer (North Miami, Fla.) and Nassim Slilam (Paris, France), 8-4.

 

Newman used his momentum from doubles to earn a quick win at No. 4 singles. Newman broke UT’s Chaplin four straight times to close the match with a 6-3, 6-0 win and push the Gators lead to 2-0 in the match.

 

Minutes later, Michael Alford (Tampa, Fla.) won 6-2, 6-1 against the Vols’ Taylor Patrick on court six. Alford now has an 11-match win streak, including a perfect 6-0 record in dual matches.

 

Reese picked up the first point for the Vols, beating Florent Diep (Paris, France) 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, but Carleton continued his outstanding play to seal the victory for the Gators. After a solid doubles victory, he opened singles by winning the first seven games against Fickey and then broke serve in the final game to win, 6-0, 6-4.

 

On court one, van Overbeek came up short against the Vols’ Libietis, a standout freshman from Latvia, losing 6-3, 6-3. Federhofer split the first two sets with Tennessee’s Jones at No. 5 singles, and Jones earned the victory in a 10-point tiebreak, 6-4, 1-6, 10-4.

 

The Gators return to action on Sunday with another key SEC matchup against No. 6 Georgia (10-1, 1-0) at 1 p.m. Admission is free to all regular season home tennis matches. Live scoring will be available online via GatorZone.com.

 

2012 University of Florida Men’s Tennis

Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex

Gainesville, Florida

Friday, March 2, 2012

Doubles

FLORIDA

vs

Tennessee

Winner

 

Score (match length)

Billy Federhofer (8)

Mikelis Libietis (36)

No. 1 -

Nassim Slilam (8)

 

Hunter Reese (36)

TENN

 

8-4 (:54)

Tripper Carleton (18)

Jarryd Chaplin

No. 2 -

Spencer Newman (18)

 

Brandon Fickey

UF

 

8-1 (:32)

Andrew Butz (43)

Edward Jones

No. 3 -

Bob van Overbeek (43)

 

Bryan Swartz

UF*

 

8-3 (:38)

Singles

FLORIDA

vs

Tennessee

Winner

 

Score (match length)

No. 1 -

Bob van Overbeek (51)

 

Mikelis Libietis (36)

TENN

 

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

No. 2 -

Tripper Carleton

 

Brandon Fickey

UF*

 

6-0, 6-4 (1:19)

No. 3 -

Florent Diep

 

Hunter Reese (95)

TENN

 

6-4, 6-2 (1:15)

No. 4 -

Spencer Newman (70)

 

Jarryd Chaplin

UF

 

6-3, 6-0 (1:00)

No. 5 -

Billy Federhofer

 

Edward Jones

TENN

 

6-4, 1-6, 10-4 (1:44)

No. 6 -

Michael Alford

 

Taylor Patrick

UF

 

6-2, 6-1 (1:03)

FINAL SCORE:

Florida - 4

Tennessee - 3

* Clinched victory

Records:

Florida (8-3)

Tennessee (7-7)

Order of Finish:

Doubles: 2, 3, 1

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

Attendance:

236

 

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