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Friday April 5, 2013Florida Men's Tennis Upsets No. 7 Ole Miss, 4-1, in Oxford

Oxford, Miss.

The Florida menís tennis team scored a big win on Friday night, taking down No. 7 Ole Miss, 4-1, in Oxford at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. With the win, the Gators improved to 11-8 overall and 5-4 in the Southeastern Conference.


Florida took advantage early against Ole Miss (13-6, 6-4 SEC), storming out in doubles to take a 1-0 lead. Florent Diep and Gordon Watson paired up for the first time this season and beat the Rebelsí William Kallberg and Zach Wilder, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles. Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek then clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win against No. 67 Stefan Lindmark and Johan Backstrom.


The Gators were able to carry momentum over into singles play, taking the first set on three courts. On court three, van Overbeek stormed out against Lindmark, breezing to a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Watson then defeated Wilder in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 6 singles to give Florida a 3-0 lead in the match.


Ole Miss got on the board with a win on court four as Backstrom beat Mike Alford, but Florida had bounced back on the remaining three courts to force a third set in each match. Diep pulled out the clinching victory, beating No. 84 Kallberg, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to secure the team victory.


Florida returns to Gainesville and will host No. 13 Mississippi State at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. Live scoring will be available through and updates will be provided on Twitter via @GatorZoneTennis.



2013 Menís Tennis

#17 Florida 4, #7 Ole Miss 1
Apr 05, 2013 at Oxford, Miss. (Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. #12 Jonas Lutjen (OM) vs. #125 Stephane Piro (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 4-3, unfinished

2. #102 Florent Diep (UF) def. #84 William Kallberg (OM) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

3. #117 Bob van Overbeek (UF) def. Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-0, 6-1

4. Johan Backstrom (OM) def. Michael Alford (UF) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1

5. Adrian Skogeng (OM) vs. Luke Johnson (UF) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 2-3, unfinished

6. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Zach Wilder (OM) 6-3, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Stephane Piro/Bob van Overbeek (UF) def. #67 Stefan Lindmark/Johan Backstrom (OM) 8-4

2. Jonas Lutjen/Adrian Skogeng (OM) vs. Michael Alford/Luke Johnson (UF) 3-6, unfinished

3. Florent Diep/Gordon Watson (UF) def. William Kallberg/Zach Wilder (OM) 8-3


Match Notes

Florida 11-8, 5-4; National ranking #17

Ole Miss 13-6, 6-4; National ranking #7

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,6,4,2)


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