Saturday May 12, 2012Florida men's tennis advances to Second Round of NCAA Tournament, beating Navy 4-0
The 12th-seeded Florida men’s tennis team defeated Navy, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators advance to the second round and will face Harvard (23-2), who defeated Virginia Tech, 4-3, on Sunday at 2 p.m.
“We’re very pleased to advance,” said head coach Andy Jackson. “Navy won their conference. We were ready to play, which is a sign of respect for Navy, but we also knew that we were better than Navy. The competition level will go up drastically tomorrow with a top 25 team [No. 24 Harvard]. We’re looking forward to having a chance to secure a spot in Athens for the Round of 16.”
Florida (15-9, 7-4 SEC) wasted no time, jumping out to big leads over Navy (18-9) on all three courts in doubles action. Tripper Carleton and Nassim Slilam, pairing together for the first time all season, defeated Navy’s Peter McDonald and Calvin Mark, 8-4, on court one. UF’s Spencer Newman and Bob van Overbeek secured the doubles point with an 8-3 win over Marcus Rebersak and Tyler Burnett on court two. Michael Alford and Florent Diep led 6-3 when their match was halted.
Slilam made quick work of McDonald at No. 3 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0 to give the Gators a 2-0 lead overall. On court one, van Overbeek earned another point for Florida with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Rebersak and shortly after Diep clinched the team victory with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Gutsche at No. 5 singles. The three remaining Gators all led in their matches when play was halted.
Florida and Harvard will face each other for the seventh time in school history on Sunday, with the two teams splitting the previous six meetings, 3-3. The last meeting between the Gators and the Crimson came in 2005, when UF won 4-0.
Sunday’s second round match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Live scoring will be available online via GatorZone.com.
NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships First Round
No. 12-seed Florida vs. Navy
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex
Saturday, May 12, 2011
Final Score: Florida 4, Navy 0
Doubles (order of finish: 1, 2*)
1. Carleton/Slilam (UF) def. McDonald/Mark (Navy), 8-4
2. *Newman/van Overbeek (UF) def. Rebersak/Burnett (Navy), 8-3
3. Alford/Diep (UF) led Daniel/Gutsche (Navy), 6-3
Singles (order of finish: 3, 1, 5*)
1. #42 Bob van Overbeek (UF) def. Marcus Rebersak (Navy), 6-1, 6-0
2. #48 Tripper Carleton (UF) led Calvin Mark (Navy), 6-3, 4-1
3. #53 Nassim Slilam (UF) def. Peter McDonald (Navy), 6-0, 6-0
4. #66 Spencer Newman (UF) led Blake Daniel (Navy), 6-2, 3-2
5. *Florent Diep (UF) def. Nicholas Gutsche (Navy), 6-0, 6-0
6. Michael Alford (UF) led Tyler Burnett (Navy), 6-0, 3-2
Updated Records: Florida 15-9; Navy 18-9
NCAA Seeding: Florida 12; Navy 49-64
ITA National Ranking: Florida 12; Navy unranked
Head Coach Andy Jackson
On senior Nassim Slilam:
“He’s a superior talent. He played disciplined. It’s very important in team tournaments to get the first point on the board, which we did well in doubles and also with Nassim. That’s a big part of any match, getting the momentum like that. He was obviously very good today.”
On the quick match:
“I think that’s important, because Virginia Tech and Harvard battled for four hours. The character of Harvard’s team shines through, I watched quite a bit of that match and they will be right in our face tomorrow, and we know it. We’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s going to be hot again, which is going to be good for us. We’re going to try to make it a physical match.”
Senior Nassim Slilam:
On the quick match:
“It’s really important. First, Tripper and I have never played together [in doubles]. It was important to start the doubles good and be aggressive. The doubles point is always important. Once you get it and you know you played good in doubles, it’s always good going into the singles. Then we all played pretty good [in singles]. It’s very good for us [to finish quickly], because the other two teams played really hard this morning, really long, and they might be tired tomorrow. So that’s an advantage.”
On his singles match:
“I’ve been practicing the past two week’s really good, really tough intensity. Today I played really solid, didn’t miss a ball. My serve was pretty good, I returned good, it was bad luck [for my opponent] that my game was good and I didn’t really miss today.”