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Sunday April 1, 2012No. 11 Gators Down Alabama, 7-0

Gainesville, Fla.

On a day that saw over 20 former lettermen from the 1960s-2000s come back to Gainesville for the bi-annual Lettermen’s Weekend sponsored by the Men’s Tennis Booster Club, the No. 11 Florida men’s tennis team downed Alabama 7-0, at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex. With the victory, the Gators improved to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in conference action, while the Crimson Tide fell to 6-12 (1-7 SEC).

 

“I think we did a lot of good things as a group,” said head coach Andy Jackson. “I think you gain confidence by doing things the right way and we’re doing the pretty well right now but we have to keep doing it as the season goes on.”

 

The number three doubles team of Andrew Butz and Tripper Carleton got the Orange and Blue off to a quick start taking down David Vieyra and Michael Thompson 8-4 in a mere 37 minutes. Shortly thereafter, the UF number one doubles team of Spencer Newman and Bob van Overbeek downed Ricky Doverspike and Jarryd Botha to clinch the doubles point for the Gators. Florent Diep and Billy Federhofer wrapped up doubles action with a tight 8-7 (2) victory at number two doubles.

 

Carleton got the Gators on the board in singles action dispatching Botha at number two singles, 6-4, 6-3. Newman quickly followed with a 6-4, 6-2, victory on court three to push the UF advantage to 3-0.

 

Butz wrapped up the match for the Orange and Blue with a 6-3, 6-4 victory on court six. Butz fell behind 3-1 early in the first before running off victories in the next five games to take the opening set. Butz carried the momentum over into the second set getting up an early break and eventually closing out the match on a powerful overhead slam.   

 

Two minutes after the conclusion of the Butz match, van Overbeek downed Doverspike at one singles. After the two held serve for the entire first set, van Overbeek took two mini-breaks to jump out to a 5-0 lead in the tiebreaker and cruised to a 7-3 win. In the second set, the two continued their back-and-forth play before van Overbeek broke in the fifth game. From there, van Overbeek was able to hold serve and close out the set 6-4 to give the Gators a 5-0 lead.

 

Diep pushed the UF advantage to 6-0 after taking a hard fought contest on court four. After taking the first set 6-3, Diep had to go to a tiebreaker in the second. After rallying to tie the tiebreaker at 4-4, Diep won the next three points to take the set and the match.

 

Michael Alford closed out the day for the Orange and Blue with a comeback win on court five. After dropped the first set 6-4, Alford rallied and won the next two sets 6-4 and 6-2 to claim the victory and secure the shutout for Florida.

 

A trio of Gator alums were honored on the court between doubles and singles action. Eric Dobsha and three-time All-American Damon Henkel were honored as part of the 1994 SEC Championship team, while All-American and 1993 National Doubles Champion David Blair was also honored.     

 

The Gators return to action on Friday, April 9, when they travel to Fayetteville to take on SEC foe Arkansas at 2 p.m.

 

“We have to improve to have a chance at those two tournaments at the end of the year,” said Jackson. “We’re just going to focus on the Gators and do what we have to get better. Playing on the road will be good for us since we’ll have to beat Ole Miss and Mississippi State in Mississippi at SECs and we’ll have to beat Georgia at Georgia in NCAAs. So we’re looking forward to going out and playing a few on the road.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doubles

FLORIDA

vs

Alabama

Winner

 

Score (match length)

Spencer Newman

Ricky Doverspike

UF

8-5 (0:48)*

No. 1 -

Bob van Overbeek

 

Jarryd Botha

 

 

 

Florent Diep

Vikram Reddy

UF

8-7 (2) (1:10)

No. 2 -

Billy Federhofer

 

Carlos Taborga

 

 

 

Andrew Butz

David Vieyra

UF

8-4 (0:37)

No. 3 -

Tripper Carleton

 

Michael Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singles

FLORIDA

vs

Alabama

Winner

 

Score (match length)

No. 1 -

Bob van Overbeek (41)

 

Ricky Doverspike

UF

 

7-6 (3), 6-4 (1:41)

No. 2 -

Tripper Carleton (49)

 

Jarryd Botha

UF

 

6-4, 6-3 (1:20)

No. 3 -

Spencer Newman (50)

 

Vikram Reddy

UF

 

6-4, 6-2 (1:28)

No. 4 -

Florent Diep

 

Daniil Proskura

UF

 

6-3, 7-6 (4) (2:02)

No. 5 -

Michael Alford

 

David Vieyra

UF

 

4-6, 6-4, 6-2 (2:03)

No. 6 -

Andrew Butz

 

Michael Thompson

UF

 

6-3, 6-4 (1:30)*

FINAL SCORE:

Florida - 7

Alabama - 0

* Clinched victory

Records:

Florida (12-7, 5-3 SEC)

Alabama (6-12, 1-7 SEC)

Order of Finish:

Doubles: 3, 1*, 2

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

Attendance:

266

 

 

 

 

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