Bottom heavy Gators win, 6-1

Florida's Janne Holmia returns a serve during his doubles match Saturday against Furman. In his singles match, Holmia rallied to win in three sets.

(DARON DEAN/Special to The Sun)
Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 12:56 a.m.
The bottom half of the lineup was one of the strengths of the Florida men's tennis team a season ago, and apparently that's the case this year.
The No. 5 Gators won the Nos. 3 through 6 singles matches in straight sets for a 6-1 win against Furman on Saturday afternoon. The win in front of 160 at the Ring Tennis Complex improves Florida to 2-0.
"It will be one of our strengths," UF coach Andy Jackson said of the bottom half of the lineup. "That was the case last year and I think it's even more so this year."
By the time the Paladins (0-1) won a point - James Cameron beat Hamid Mirzadeh 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 - the Gators already won the first four completed singles matches. That was Furman's only win as Janne Holmia pulled through with a 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-1 win against Patrick Fillnow at No. 2.
Trey Johnson set up match point for the Gators with his 7-5, 6-1 win against Ben Pauluhn at No. 6.
The former Eastside High star trailed 5-3 in the first set, but he never allowed Pauluhn a set-point opportunity in any of the ensuing games. Johnson broke Pauluhn's serve at love to tie the set at 5-all and won the next two games to take the first set.
"I think at the beginning, I went out there just kind of firing, and my blood was going a little fast and I just needed to cool down a little bit," Johnson said. "Once I cooled down, I played the points and played my game. I worked the points until I got my opportunity to take advantage on the short ball and hit the winner."
The second set was much easier for Johnson. He took 25 minutes and held at love in the final game to win the match.
About 10 minutes after Johnson's win, Troy Hahn won the clincher with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Andrew Rogers.
The Gators started by winning the doubles point by taking two of the three matches. Mirzadeh and Holmia won the deciding doubles match at No. 3, beating Greg Maarschalk and Allen Simmons 8-5. Mirzadeh had back-to-back service winners on second serves to win the final game.
Olivier Levant had an easy 6-1, 6-2 singles win against Simmons at No. 4 to give Florida a 2-0 lead.
Doris Yon can be reached at (352) 374-5052 or yond@gvillesun.com.

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