Tuesday February 25, 2014No. 13 Florida Men's Tennis to Host In-State Rival Florida State
The No. 13 men’s tennis team will square off against in-state foe Florida State at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex tomorrow at 5 p.m. The Orange and Blue return to action for the first time in 10 days and return to their home court for the first time in a month.
Florida is coming off a 1-2 performance at the ITA National Indoors in Houston, highlighted by a 4-2 upset of then-No. 4 Georgia.
While the Gators currently own a 4-4 record on the year, all four losses have come to teams ranked in the top-10 nationally, including No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Southern Cal, No. 4 UCLA and No. 10 Notre Dame.
Florida State enters tomorrow’s match with an 11-2 overall record, but are ranked outside the top-25 as Florida will look for their fourth-consecutive victory over the Seminoles.
Shelton Says: “We came back from indoors with a purpose. Our purpose was to get back to work and really try to fine-tune some things in our game both on the doubles court and on the singles court. We pushed pretty hard. We did get a day off on Sunday, but other than that, we’ve been pushing in the morning and in the afternoon. I feel like our guys are really ready and hungry.”
On being back at home:
“Well, we’re excited. Number one, I hope that we get a good weather day. Here in Florida, obviously today it’s beautiful, but tomorrow the forecast is set for rain. So, if that happens we will get to play our match indoors in our new facility which is great we have that opportunity. But, Florida State is a great team. They have a great program and they’re going to come in here fired up and ready to play and we know that, we’re going to get their best shot. We have to be ready.”
The Rivalry: The Gators are 54-20 all-time against the Seminoles, scoring a 5-2 victory over the Noles in Tallahassee last season. Senior Michael Alford clinched the match for Florida last year, notching 7-5 and 6-1 set defeats.
Nationally Ranked Gators: Two Florida singles players are ranked nationally, led by 55th-ranked senior Stephane Piro alongside 114th-ranked freshman Elliott Orkin. Orkin and sophomore Gordon Watson represent the Gators in doubles as No. 11 in the nation and senior duo Alford and Piro rank 24th.
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