Wednesday May 23, 2012Slilam and van Overbeek Win First Round of NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships
Nassim Slilam (left) and Bob van Overbeek
Nassim Slilam (left) and Bob van Overbeek
Florida’s Nassim Slilam (Paris, France) and Bob van Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) won their respective opening round matches on the first day of play at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championships that got underway Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Slilam earned a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Princeton’s Matija Pecotic, while van Overbeek produced an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win against Pepperdine’s eighth-seeded Sebastian Fanselow.
“I’m happy for both Bob and Nassim, particularly Bob beating a seeded player who beat him badly at the National Indoors earlier,” UF head coach Andy Jackson said. “Bob played the way that he wanted to play, which is taking the first strike and controlling with power. Hopefully, he can keep it going.”
van Overbeek earned the big break in the sixth game of the first set and held serve the rest of the way to take the opening frame. He continued that momentum into the second set, where he broke Fanselow and held for the quick 2-0 lead. The Gator junior broke again in the seventh game and went to the baseline to serve for the match, up 5-2. The Tiger came back with a break of his own and held for 5-4, but van Overbeek’s serve proved too much, as he fought off a couple break points and capitalized on his second match point to advance to the round of 32.
“He didn’t come out very sharp, but he sharpened up toward the end of the first set,” van Overbeek said. “My serve kept me in it today. I served pretty well. I pretty much won all the big points. It was pretty even, other than that. I won the break points and saved my break points and that was the difference in the match.”
Especially impressive was van Overbeek able to post the straight-set decision after losing to Pecotic 6-4, 6-2 on February 17 at the National Team Indoor Championships.
“I played him at the National Indoors and he pretty much destroyed me in that match. I know that neither Pepperdine nor our team are indoor teams, but he played really well inside,” van Overbeek shared. “Out here it was a little bit different because it was the individual tournament rather than the team tournament and outside I feel more comfortable.”
van Overbeek, ranked No. 42, will play Mississippi State’s No. 50 Louis Cant in the round of 32 on Thursday. Cant won 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 decision over van Overbeek on September 24 in the round of 16 at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships held in Athens.
Slilam, the only senior on the Gator roster and making his first-ever appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships, shook off some rust to advance to the second round, where he will play top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Steve Johnson of Southern California on Thursday.
“It’s been a few days since he’s played so he was probably a little bit nervous and a little bit rusty but was able to push through so I’m happy for him,” Jackson praised.
Also in singles action was junior Tripper Carleton (Naples, Fla.), who dropped his first-round match to Virginia Tech’s Luka Somen, 6-2, 6-0.
The 32-team NCAA Doubles Championships gets underway on Thursday, when Billy Federhofer (North Miami, Fla.) and Slilam, currently ranked 14th nationally, will play VCU’s duo of Antoine Baroz and Alexis Heugas in the first round.
NCAA Men’s Singles Championships – Round of 64
Dan Magill Tennis Complex * Athens, Ga.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Singles First Round (64)
Steve Johnson (1), SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA def. #31 Roy Kalmanovich, ILLINOIS, 6-2,
#53 Nassim Slilam, FLORIDA def. #118 Matija Pecotic, PRINCETON, 6-4, 6-4
#55 Neal Skupski, LSU def. #16 Nick Meister (9-16), UCLA, 6-1, 6-2
#32 Sadio Doumbia, GEORGIA def. #23 Kyle McMorrow, WASHINGTON, 6-2, 6-4
#39 Alex Domijan, VIRGINIA def. #6 Evan King (6), MICHIGAN, 6-3, 6-2
#56 George Coupland, MISSISSIPPI STATE def. #58 Nick Andrews, CALIFORNIA, 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-4
#15 Alex Musialek (9-16), KENTUCKY def. #69 Damian Hume, BOISE STATE, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
#52 Ignacio Taboada, GEORGIA def. #17 Mate Zsiga, BAYLOR, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
#36 Bradley Klahn, STANFORD def. #4 Jarmere Jenkins (4), VIRGINIA, 7-5, 6-3
#27 Remi Boutillier, FRESNO STATE def. #38 Chris Mengel, DUKE, 6-4, 6-4
#10 Chase Buchanan (9-16), OHIO STATE def. #28 Mikelis Libietis, TENNESSEE, 6-0, 6-1
#24 Kevin King, GEORGIA TECH def. #19 KU Singh, GEORGIA, 7-6(4), 6-4
#42 Bob van Overbeek, FLORIDA def. #8 Sebastian Fanselow (8), PEPPERDINE, 6-3, 6-4
#50 Louis Cant, MISSISSIPPI STATE def. #51 Yannick Hanfmann, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 6-3, 6-4
#14 Nik Scholtz (9-16), MISSISSIPPI def. #33 Alexis Klegou, TEXAS A&M, 6-3, 6-7(10), 6-4
#26 Jose Hernandez, NORTH CAROLINA def. #77 Ashley Watling, TULSA, 6-3, 7-6(10)
#40 Gonzalo Escobar, TEXAS TECH def. #29 Ryan Thacher, STANFORD, 6-3, 7-6(5)
#12 Costin Paval (9-16), OKLAHOMA def. #60 Hernus Pieters, GEORGIA, 6-3, 6-4
#21 Daniel Nguyen, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA def. #44 Charlie Jones, VANDERBILT, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
#5 Henrique Cunha (5), DUKE def. #46 Adrien Puget, UCLA, 7-5, 6-0
#45 Jonas Lutjen, MISSISSIPPI def. #54 Greg Andrews, NOTRE DAME, 7-5, 6-3
#13 Artem Ilyushin (9-16), MISSISSIPPI STATE def. #37 Ben McLachlan, CALIFORNIA, 6-1, 6-3
#18 Andreas Mies, AUBURN def. #30 Finn Tearney, PEPPERDINE, 6-3, 6-2
#3 Eric Quigley (3), KENTUCKY def. #41 Andre Dome, CAL POLY, 7-5, 6-4
#57 Emilio Gomez, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA def. #49 Nikola Bubnic, SAN DIEGO, 6-4, 6-4
#9 Blaz Rola (9-16), OHIO STATE def. #35 Olivier Borsos, LSU, 6-0, 6-0
#20 Marcel Thiemann, MISSISSIPPI def. #43 Francis Alcantara, FRESNO STATE, 6-3, 7-6(2)
#7 Dennis Nevolo (7), ILLINOIS def. #34 Jaime Pulgar, NORTH CAROLINA STATE, 6-1, 6-3
#47 Luka Somen, VIRGINIA TECH def. #48 Tripper Carleton, FLORIDA, 6-2, 6-0
#11 Wil Spencer (9-16), GEORGIA def. #59 Juan Spir, GEORGIA TECH, 6-3, 6-0
#25 Ray Sarmiento, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA def. #120 Nick Sayer, RADFORD, 6-1, 6-1
#2 Mitchell Frank (2), VIRGINIA def. #22 Anthony Rossi, KENTUCKY, 6-4, 6-4