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Saturday April 21, 2012No. 10 Florida men's tennis falls to No. 13 Ole Miss in SEC Tournament Quarterfinals

Starkville, MS

The 10th-ranked Florida men’s tennis team was upset by No. 13 Ole Miss, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Southeastern Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament late Friday night at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Center in Starkville, Miss. With the loss, the Gators will now wait for the NCAA Tournament selection announcement to find out their destination for the remainder of the postseason.

 

Florida (14-9, 7-4 SEC) fell behind early after dropping the doubles point. Ole Miss (13-7, 7-4 SEC) used the momentum to build a 3-0 lead in the match before UF earned its lone point, when Tripper Carleton pulled out a victory over Jonas Lutjen, 7-6 (1), 6-3, at No. 3 singles. The Rebels then clinched the victory as William Kallberg beat Spencer Newman, 7-5, 7-5, on court four.

 

The Gators struggled to get anything going in the doubles action, as Ole Miss’ Nik Scholtz and Lutjen, ranked No. 21, beat UF’s 13th-ranked pair of Billy Federhofer and Nassim Slilam, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles. Johan Backstrom teamed with Kallberg on court three to secure the doubles point with an 8-4 win over Florida’s Michael Alford and Andrew Butz. UF’s Bob van Overbeek and Newman led Chris Thiemann and Marcel Thiemann, 6-3, when their match was halted.

 

Ole Miss built a 3-0 lead after getting wins at No. 1 and 2 singles. Fifteenth-ranked Scholtz beat van Overbeek, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 1 singles and Marcel Thiemann defeated Slilam, 7-5, 6-3, on court two.

 

Florida’s Florent Diep, playing on court five, and Alford, playing at No. 6 singles, had their matches stopped when Ole Miss clinched the victory.

 

 

2012 SEC Men’s Tennis Tournament

April 20, 2012

Starkville, Miss.

Mississippi State University

A.J. Pitts Tennis Center

 

DOUBLES (Order of Finish: 1, 3)

1 – #21 Scholtz/Lutjen (UM) def. #13 Federhofer/Slilam (UF) 8-3

2 – #77 Newman/van Overbeek (UF) led #16 C. Thiemann/M. Thiemann (UM) 6-3 play halted

3 – Backstrom/Kallberg (UM) def. Alford/Butz (UF) 8-4

 

SINGLES (Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 4)

1 – #15 Nik Scholtz (UM) def. #37 Bob van Overbeek (UF) 6-4, 6-2

2 – #26 Marcel Thiemann (UM) def. #53 Nassim Slilam (UF) 7-5, 6-3

3 – #57 Tripper Carleton (UF) def. #39 Jonas Lutjen (UM) 7-6 (1), 6-3

4 – #84 William Kallberg (UM) def. #51 Spencer Newman (UF) 7-5, 7-5

5 – Florent Diep (UF) vs. Chris Thiemann (UM) 4-6, 5-4 play halted

6 – Michael Alford (UF) vs. Johan Backstrom (UM) 6-4, 4-5 play halted

 

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