Sunday February 16, 2014No. 12 Florida Drops Final Match of 2014 ITA Team Indoors to No. 16 Notre Dame
No. 16 Notre Dame blanked the No. 12 Florida menís tennis team 4-0 this afternoon as the Gators finished up their trip to the 2014 ITA National Menís Team Indoor Championship with a 1-2 record.
Gordon Watson and Maxx Lipman played competitively at No. 2 doubles against the No. 46 duo of Josh Hagar and Billy Pecor, but were unable to finish the match as The Fighting Irish took the lead early with the doubles point at Nos. 3 and 1.
Florida then lost at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and was down 3-0 to Notre Dame. Seniors Florent Diepand Michael Alford, and freshman Lipman were all fighting to keep their team alive in singles play, but Notre Dameís No. 121 Ryan Bandy won a tiebreak over Watson at No. 3 singles and the Fighting Irish took home the win.
The ITA National Menís Team Indoor Championship game takes place tomorrow as No. 5 Ohio State faces the winner of No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 USC. For more information on the tournament, click here.
Head Coach Bryan Shelton Says: ďNotre Dame played very well today. Our team did not respond when the bell went off. We have to do a better job than we did today. Our focus is to get home and to use the next 10 days to get better. It was a good experience to play this tournament indoors and our guys understand better what it takes to reach the top. We arenít there yet, but weíll get there.Ē
No. 16 Notre Dame 4, No. 12 Florida 0
(1) No. 17 Greg Andrews/Alex Lawson (ND) def. No. 24 Stephane Piro/Michael Alford (UF) 6-4*
(2) Gordon Watson/Maxx Lipman (UF) vs. No. 46 Josh Hagar/Billy Pecor (ND) 4-5, unfinished
(3) Ryan Bandy/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Diego Hidalgo/Florent Diep (UF) 6-2
Notre Dame wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1*
(1) No. 37 Greg Andrews (ND) def. No. 55 Stephane Piro (UF) 6-4, 6-3
(2) Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Diego Hidalgo (UF) 6-2, 6-2
(3) No. 121 Ryan Bandy def. Gordon Watson (UF) 6-4, 6-5 (7-3)*
(4) Florent Diep (UF) vs. Josh Hagar (ND) 6-2, 5-5, unfinished
(5) Maxx Lipman (UF) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 2-6, 6-4, unfinished
(6) Michael Alford (UF) vs. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 5-6 (5-7), 5-3, unfinished
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3*
Records: Florida 4-4, Notre Dame 9-2
Up Next: The Florida squad returns to their home court to take on in-state rival Florida State Seminoles on Feb. 26 at 5 p.m.
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