Thursday May 24, 2012Gators End Run at NCAA Men's Tennis Singles & Doubles Championships
Florida’s Nassim Slilam (Paris, France) and Bob van Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) lost their respective second round matches at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championships Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Slilam, the only senior on the Gator roster and making his first-ever appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships, battled hard against top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Steve Johnson of Southern California, but the Trojans defending NCAA Singles Champion proved to be too much down the stretch and captured the 6-3, 6-2 decision and recorded his 68th consecutive singles victory.
There was just one break in the first set and it was Johnson who collected the break and rode that to the opening frame win. Johnson then jumped out to a 4-0 lead, before Slilam held and then broke Johnson to get within 4-2. Again Johnson stepped up and broke Slilam for the fourth time in the match, as he served out for the straight-set win.
van Overbeek dropped a tough 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1 final to Mississippi State’s Louis Cant in the round of 32. There was only one break in the first set and van Overbeek used his serve to take the first frame. The Gator junior was serving with a 5-3 lead in the second, but wasn’t able to close it out, as the set went to a tiebreak, which Cant took and seemed to use that momentum into the third set.
Slilam returned to the court later and joined Billy Federhofer (North Miami, Fla.) in the first round of the 32-team NCAA Doubles Championships and the Gator pair squared off against VCU’s No. 63 Antoine Baroz and Alexis Heugas and lost a hard-fought 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 bout. The second set was on-serve through nine games and both teams held, but VCU managed a break to take set and force a deciding third, where they rolled to a 5-0 lead. Federhofer held and the Gators avoided the shutout, but VCU served out for the win and ended Florida’s run in the individual tournament.
NCAA Men’s Singles & Doubles Championships
Dan Magill Tennis Complex * Athens, Ga.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
NCAA Singles Second Round (32)
#1 Steve Johnson (1), SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA def. #53 Nassim Slilam, FLORIDA, 6-3, 6-2
#55 Neal Skupski, LSU def. #32 Sadio Doumbia, GEORGIA, 6-2, 6-3
#39 Alex Domijan, VIRGINIA def. #56 George Coupland, MISSISSIPPI STATE, 6-3, 6-2
#15 Alex Musialek (9-16), KENTUCKY def. #52 Ignacio Taboada, GEORGIA, 6-2, 6-7(9), 6-4
#36 Bradley Klahn, STANFORD def. #27 Remi Boutillier, FRESNO STATE, 6-1, 6-1
#10 Chase Buchanan (9-16), OHIO STATE def. #24 Kevin King, GEORGIA TECH, 6-2, 6-4
#50 Louis Cant, MISSISSIPPI STATE def. #42 Bob van Overbeek, FLORIDA, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-1
#14 Nik Scholtz (9-16), MISSISSIPPI def. #26 Jose Hernandez, NORTH CAROLINA, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
#40 Gonzalo Escobar, TEXAS TECH def. #12 Costin Paval (9-16), OKLAHOMA, 6-3, 6-4
#5 Henrique Cunha (5), DUKE def. #21 Daniel Nguyen, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 6-4, 6-4
#13 Artem Ilyushin (9-16), MISSISSIPPI STATE def. #45 Jonas Lutjen, MISSISSIPPI, 6-0, 6-3
#3 Eric Quigley (3), KENTUCKY def. #18 Andreas Mies, AUBURN, 7-6(4), 6-3
#9 Blaz Rola (9-16), OHIO STATE def. #57 Emilio Gomez, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 7-6(5), 6-3
#7 Dennis Nevolo (7), ILLINOIS def. #20 Marcel Thiemann, MISSISSIPPI, 6-4, 7-6(6)
#11 Wil Spencer (9-16), GEORGIA def. #47 Luka Somen, VIRGINIA TECH, 6-4, 7-5
#2 Mitchell Frank (2), VIRGINIA def. #25 Ray Sarmiento, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 6-4, 6-1
NCAA Doubles First Round (32) [UF only]
#63 Antoine Baroz-Alexis Heugas, VCU def. #14 Billy Federhofer-Nassim Slilam, Florida 5-7, 7-5, 6-1