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Thursday May 17, 2012Men's Tennis Set to Face Ohio State in NCAA Round of 16 on Friday

Gainesville, Fla.

The 12th-ranked Florida menís tennis team is set to continue play in the 2012 NCAA Championship on Friday, taking on No. 5 Ohio State (33-3, 11-0 B1G) in the Round of 16 at noon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals and face the winner between No. 4 UCLA and No. 13 Ole Miss on Sunday at noon.

 

Live scoring and video for the tournament can be found online through the University of Georgiaís athletic web site.

 

FLORIDA AT THE NCAAs

The Florida menís tennis team is making its third-straight appearance in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championship. Head Coach Andy Jackson has led the Gators to the Round of 16 or further in 10 of his 11 years at the helm, advancing to the semifinals in 2005.

 

Since 1991, Florida has posted a 38-19 record in NCAA play. UF has advanced to the quarterfinals five times during that span and made two semifinal appearances.

 

Last year, UF was knocked out by fellow-SEC foe Kentucky in the Round of 16 in Palo Alto, 4-2. In 2010, Florida fell victim to another SEC opponent, losing 4-2 against Georgia in Athens.

 

HOW THE GATORS GOT HERE

After facing a schedule that included 11 matches against teams currently ranked in the top-15 of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, Florida earned an at-large big to the NCAA Championship finishing the regular season 14-9 (7-4 SEC) and ranked 12th in the poll.

 

UF earned the No. 12 national seed and the Gators hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship in Gainesville. In the first round, Florida defeated Navy, 4-0, advancing to play No. 24 Harvard in the second round. UF advanced to the finals site in Athens after defeating the Crimson, 4-0.

 

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

Ohio State beat Notre Dame, 4-0, in the second round in the Columbus, Ohio, regional. The victory was the 148th-consecutive win at home for the Buckeyes. As the fifth-seed, Ohio State improved to 31-12 overall in the NCAA tournament and has advanced to the Round of 16 each of the last six seasons, including a semifinal appearance last year in Palo Alto.

 

On the season, the Buckeyes are 33-3 and won the Big Ten regular season title with a perfect 11-0 mark in conference play. Ohio State has been in the top five of the national team rankings the entire spring, reaching as high as No. 2 in the country for a long stretch in March and April. OSU and Florida have faced 10 common opponents, with the Buckeyes holding a 7-3 record in those matches. UF has a 2-7 record against the same opponents.

 

OSU vs. Common Opponents

UF vs. Common Opponents

Mississippi St.

W, 6-1

at Virginia

L, 6-1

Pepperdine

W, 4-1

Illinois

W, 6-1

vs. Kentucky

W, 4-3

vs. Pepperdine

W, 4-3

vs. Virginia

W, 4-1

vs. Georgia

L, 4-2

vs. Southern Cal

L, 4-3

Georgia

L, 4-3

Kentucky

W, 4-0

at Kentucky

L, 4-3

at LSU

W, 6-1

at Southern Cal

L, 6-1

at Georgia

L, 4-3

Mississippi St.

L, 4-3

Illinois

W, 7-0

at LSU

L, 4-2

vs. Illinois

L, 4-3

 

SERIES HISTORY

Florida holds a 3-1 all-time record against Ohio State, but the two teams have only met once in recent years. The last meeting came in 2010 at the ITA National Indoors in Charlottesville, Va., when the Buckeye claimed a close 4-3 decision over the Gators. After UF won the doubles point, OSU won at 1, 2, 4 and 5 singles to earn the victory. Current Florida senior Nassim Slilam and junior Bob van Overbeek appeared in the match, with Slilam earning a win at No. 6 singles and van Overbeek dropped his match at No. 4 singles. Current OSU senior Chase Buchanan won at No. 1 singles in that match.

Florida vs. Ohio State (All-Time Results)

1955

Florida 9, Ohio State 0

1956

Florida 9, Ohio State 0

1990

Florida 5, Ohio State 4 (in Houston)

2010

Ohio State 4, Florida 3 (in Charlottesville, Va.)

 

HONORS

The Gators had three players earn All-SEC recognition this season. Tripper Carleton, Nassim Slilam and Bob van Overbeek were all named to the All-SEC Second Team. The Gators have had multiple All-SEC honorees every year since 1999 and have had three or more in eight of the 11 seasons under head coach Andy Jackson.

 

Carleton has a 24-10 singles record this season, including a 15-6 mark in dual matches. He finished SEC play with an 8-3 record in dual matches, including a 4-1 mark at No. 2 singles and 4-2 record at No. 3 singles in conference matches. He has also totaled 25 doubles wins, partnering with several teammates.

Slilam earned second team honors for the second-straight year. Slilam has a 23-13 singles record on the year and finished an impressive 7-1 in SEC dual matches, playing at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. He also pairs with Billy Federhofer to form one of the nationís best doubles tandems, consistently ranking in the top 10 for most of the spring. Slilam and Federhofer have a 25-15 record on the season, including 16 wins over ranked opponents.

Van Overbeek played at the No. 1 singles position in22 dual matches this season. He finished with an overall singles record of 21-15 for the season with a 5-6 record in SEC matches. Faced with the task of playing the opponentís top player every week, van Overbeek took on a ranked opponent in 13-straight matches to finish the regular season and totaled eight victories against ranked foes. He was named the SEC Player of the Week on February 15 after winning two singles and two doubles matches over the prior weekend, including victory over No. 2-ranked Dennis Nevolo from Illinois.

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