Sunday April 14, 2013Men's Tennis Wins 4-1 on Senior Day Over Vanderbilt
The Gators celebrated senior day for Bob van Overbeek (left) and Billy Federhofer (right) with a 4-1 win over Vanderbilt
The Florida menís tennis team earned a rain-delayed victory over No. 13 Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon, winning 4-1 after the match was moved indoors to the Perry Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Indoor Facility. After the Gators won the doubles point outdoors, the match was moved indoors for singles and Mike Alford clinched the victory for UF.
With the win today, Florida closed the regular season with a 14-9 overall record and 7-5 mark in the Southeastern Conference. With the regular season complete, Florida will leave on Wednesday for Oxford, Miss., and begin play in the conference tournament on Friday. The Gators finished in a four-way tie for third place in the conference with Ole Miss, South Carolina and Texas A&M but won the tiebreaker to earn the three seed.
After about an hour rain delay, doubles action began and the Gators were able to score the first point with doubles victories on courts two and three. Alford and Luke Johnson beat Vanderbiltís Rhys Johnson and Marc van der Merwe 8-5 at No. 2 doubles. Florent Diep and Gordon Watson then won 9-7 on court three against the Commodoresí Suresh Eswaran and Jeff Offerdahl.
Just as singles action began, the rain began falling again and the match was moved indoors. The change didnít seem to affect Floridaís Bob van Overbeek, as he dispatched Offerdahl 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. On court one, Piro dropped the first set to 10th-ranked Ryan Lipman, but fought back to force a third set. In the deciding set, Piro earned a break to go up 5-4, and then served it out for the three-set win, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Vanderbilt got on the board with a win at No. 2 singles when Gonzales Austin beat Diep in three sets. When Alford finally got a chance to take the court against van der Merwe, he didnít waste any time in earning a 6-3, 6-1 win to clinch the team victory for the Gators.
April 14, 2013
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex
#17 Florida 4, #13 Vanderbilt
1. #118 Stephane Piro (UF) def. #10 Ryan Lipman (VU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #46 Gonzales Austin (VU) def. #85 Florent Diep (UF), 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
3. #117 Bob van Overbeek (UF) def. Jeff Offerdahl (VU), 6-2, 6-2
4. Mike Alford (UF) def. Marc van der Merwe (VU), 6-3, 6-1
5. Gordon Watson (UF) vs. Kris Yee (VU), 1-2 unfinished
6. Luke Johnson (UF) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU), 2-1 unfinished
1. Austin/Lipman (VU) def. #35 Piro/van Overbeek (UF), 8-5
2. Alford/Johnson (UF) def. Johnson/van der Merwe (VU), 8-5
3. Diep/Watson (UF) def. Eswaran/Offerdahl (VU), 9-7
Florida 12-9, 5-5; National Ranking #17
Vanderbilt 15-8, 6-5; National Ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3); Singles (3, 1, 2, 4)
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