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Friday April 6, 2012No. 9 Florida men's tennis wins at Arkansas, 7-0

Fayetteville, Ark.

The ninth-ranked Florida men’s tennis team traveled to Arkansas and picked up their fourth-straight Southeastern Conference win on Friday, beating the Razorbacks, 7-0. The Gators improved to 13-7 overall and 6-3 in league play, while Arkansas fell to 14-10 (1-8 SEC).

 

Florida began by winning on all three doubles courts to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The 10th-ranked pair of Billy Federhofer and Nassim Slilam won 8-3 over No. 48 Hall Fess and Matt Walters at the top position. Spencer Newman and Bob van Overbeek then secured the doubles victory with an 8-3 win over Manfred Jeske and Michael Nott at No. 2 doubles. Andrew Butz and Tripper Carleton completed the doubles sweep for UF with an 8-5 win over Mike Ward and Nikolas Zogaj.

 

In singles, Michael Alford and van Overbeek extended UF’s lead to 3-0 in the match. Alford beat Ward, 6-1, 6-1, on court five, while van Overbeek took down Zogaj, 6-3, 6-1, at the top position. Slilam then clinched the victory with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Gregoire Lehmann at No. 2 singles.

 

Following in their teammates’ footsteps, Carleton and Butz also won their singles matches in straight sets. Carleton defeated Walters, 7-6 (5), 6-1, at No. 3 singles and Butz beat Fess, 7-5, 6-4, on court six. Federhofer completed the shutout by winning a third-set super-tiebreak over Jeske, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7), at No. 4 singles.

 

The Gators will travel to Baton Rouge, La., for their next match, taking on LSU on Sunday at 2 p.m. Live scoring can be found online through LSU’s website.

 

 

Florida (13-7, 6-3 SEC) vs Arkansas (14-10, 1-8 SEC)

Apr 06, 2012

Fayetteville, Ark.
Billingsley Tennis Center

 

DOUBLES (Order of finish: 1-2-3)

1. #10 Federhofer/Slilam (UF) def. #48 Fess/Walters (ARK) – 8-3

2. Newman/van Overbeek (UF) def. Jeske/Nott (ARK) – 8-3*

3. Butz/Carleton (UF) def. Ward/Zogaj (ARK) – 8-5

 

SINGLES (Order of finish: 5-1-2-3-6-4)

1. #41 Bob van Overbeek (UF) def. #108 Nikolas Zogaj (ARK) – 6-3, 6-1

2. #71 Nassim Slilam (UF) def. Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) – 6-4, 6-1

3. #49 Tripper Carleton (UF) def. Matt Walters (ARK) – 7-6 (5), 6-1

4. Billy Federhofer (UF) def. Manfred Jeske (ARK) – 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)

5. Michael Alford (UF) def. Mike Ward (ARK) – 6-1, 6-1

6. Andrew Butz (UF) def. Hall Fess (ARK) – 7-5, 6-4

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