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Saturday April 14, 2012No. 10 Florida ends regular season with 6-1 win over South Carolina

Gainesville, Fla.

On a perfect afternoon in Gainesville, the 10th-ranked Florida mens tennis team finished the regular season with a 6-1 win over South Carolina at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. After dropping the doubles point to the Gamecocks, the Gators swept all six singles matches in straight sets to win the match.

 

Florida (14-8, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) will now travel to Starkeville, Miss., for the 2012 SEC Tournament, hosted by Mississippi State next weekend, April 19-22. UF has earned the No. 4 seed in the conference based on a head-to-head tiebreaker over Ole Miss and will have a bye in the first round, beginning play on Friday.

 

Prior to todays match, the Gators honored their lone senior, Nassim Slilam. After earning a 6-3, 6-3 win over Andrew Adams, he now has 122 combined singles and doubles victories. In his three seasons at UF, he has helped lead the Gators to two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances as well as a top 10 final ITA ranking each of the past two seasons. Slilam has won at least 20 singles matches in each of his three seasons at Florida, totaling 66 singles wins, while also compiling 56 doubles victories.

 

Its just two-thirds of the season that hes finished now, said head coach Andy Jackson. The third that is going to be the most important is the NCAA Tournament. Hes had a fantastic career, but I really am hopeful that he has a chance to do something special in the tournaments coming up. Youre going to remember the SEC Tournament and the NCAAs. Hes a huge part of our team and Im really proud of him. At the same time, I kind of feel like hes still got a third of his season left to go.

 

South Carolina (15-10, 2-9 SEC) came out hot in doubles action, as Kyle Koch and Carl Eguez beat UFs Michael Alford and Andrew Butz at the No. 3 position, 8-6. Courts one and two came down to the wire, with both matches being decided in a tiebreaker. The Gamecocks Chip Cox and Nick Jones pulled out the 9-8 (3) victory at the top position over Billy Federhofer and Slilam to secure the doubles point.

 

On court two, USCs Ivan Machado and Thiago Pinheiro beat Spencer Newman and Bob van Overbeek, 8-7 (4).

 

I thought that South Carolina had the best scouting and the best execution of their game plan in the doubles of any team that weve played this year except for Southern Cal, said Coach Jackson. We just kept our concentration and got them in the singles and that gives us more momentum. Were looking forward to playing in the SEC tournament.

 

Florida quickly recovered in singles play, as Newman breezed past Pinheiro at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-0, to even the match at 1-1 overall. At No. 1 singles, van Overbeek beat Machado, 6-3, 6-2, and Alford beat Eguez on court six, 6-4, 6-2, to give Florida a 3-1 lead. Florent Diep clinched the victory for the Gators on court five, taking down Cox, 6-4, 6-4.

 

Slilam then completed his win over Adams and Tripper Carleton beat Jones, 7-6 (1), 6-4, to complete the singles sweep.

 

 

2012 University of Florida Mens Tennis

Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex

Gainesville, Florida

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Doubles

FLORIDA

vs

South Carolina

Winner

 

Score (match length)

Billy Federhofer (9)

Chip Cox (32)

No. 1 -

Nassim Slilam (9)

 

Nick Jones (32)

SC*

 

9-8 (3) (1:01)

Spencer Newman

Ivan Machado

No. 2 -

Bob van Overbeek

 

Thiago Pinheiro

SC

 

8-7 (4) (1:09)

Michael Alford

Carl Eguez

No. 3 -

Andrew Butz

 

Kyle Koch

SC

 

8-6 (:59)

Singles

FLORIDA

vs

South Carolina

Winner

 

Score (match length)

No. 1 -

Bob van Overbeek (37)

 

Ivan Machado (116)

UF

 

6-3, 6-2 (1:24)

No. 2 -

Tripper Carleton (53)

 

Nick Jones

UF

 

7-6 (1), 6-4 (1:54)

No. 3 -

Nassim Slilam (59)

 

Andrew Adams

UF

 

6-3, 6-3 (1:49)

No. 4 -

Spencer Newman (63)

 

Thiago Pinheiro

UF

 

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

No. 5 -

Florent Diep

 

Chip Cox

UF*

 

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

No. 6 -

Michael Alford

 

Carl Eguez

UF

 

6-4, 6-2 (1:26)

FINAL SCORE:

Florida - 6

S.C. - 1

* Clinched victory

Records:

Florida (14-8, 7-4 SEC)

S. C. (15-10, 2-9 SEC)

Finish:

Doubles: 3, 1, 2

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

Attendance:

216

 

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