Friday March 9, 2012No. 9 Men's Tennis Wins at Vanderbilt, 6-1
The ninth-ranked Florida men’s tennis team got its road trip off to a good start, posting a 6-1 win at Vanderbilt on Friday in Nashville. After sweeping all three doubles’ matches, the Gators won five of six singles matches for the victory.
“I am very proud of the team and the match we played today against a good Vanderbilt team,” said head coach Andy Jackson. “The best thing about it was the attitude of the team. They showed a lot of energy and determination. We played three very solid matches in doubles and carried our momentum to our singles play.”
Florida (9-4, 2-1 SEC) won the doubles’ point handily, as Vanderbilt (5-7, 0-3) did not win more than four games on any of the three courts. The No. 8-ranked pair of Billy Federhofer (North Miami, Fla.) and Nassim Slilam (Paris, France) won 8-3 over the Commodores’ Gonzales Austin and Blake Bazarnik on court one, while the Gators’ Tripper Carleton (Naples, Fla.) and Spencer Newman (Miami, Fla.) secured the doubles’ point with an 8-2 victory against Charlie Jones and Anton Kovrigin.
Andrew Butz (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Bob van Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) won 8-4 against Vanderbilt’s Alex DiValerio and Joe Dorn at No. 3 doubles.
Singles play got off to a fast start as well for Florida, as it claimed the first set on all six courts. Florent Diep (Paris, France) gave the Gators a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kovrigin at No. 5 singles. Federhofer then finished off Dorn, 6-2, 6-1, on court six, before Carleton clinched the match at No. 3 singles against Bazarnik with a 6-2, 6-4 win.
Newman and Slilam also picked up singles wins, while van Overbeek dropped a third-set tiebreak at No. 1 singles.
“I am very pleased with the way we competed and play in the singles,” said Coach Jackson. “Our team has a lot of character and it showed today. We are getting better and that’s the most important thing for us.”
Florida will travel to Lexington, Ky., for a key matchup against No. 7 Kentucky on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Live scoring is available online through Kentucky’s website.
Florida 6, Vanderbilt 1
Friday, March 09, 2012
1. #62 Charlie Jones (VU) def. #51 Bob van Overbeek (UF) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)
2. Nassim Slilam (UF) def. Gonzales Austin (VU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Tripper Carleton (UF) def. Blake Bazarnik (VU) 6-2, 6-4
4. #70 Spencer Newman (UF) def. Jeff Offerdahl (VU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Florent Diep (UF) def. Anton Kovrigin (VU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Billy Federhofer (UF) def. Joe Dorn (VU) 6-2, 6-1
1. #8 Slilam-Federhofer (UF) def. Austin-Bazarnik (VU) 8-3
2. #18 Carleton-Newman (UF) def. Jones-Kovrigin (VU) 8-2
3. #43 van Overbeek- Butz (UF) def. DiValerio-Dorn (VU) 8-4
#49 Vanderbilt, 5-7 (0-3 SEC)
#9 Florida, 9-4 (2-1 SEC)
Order of Finish: Singles (5,6,3,4,1,2) Doubles (1,2,3)