Men's tennis squad shuts out Furman
Published: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
The second-ranked Florida men's tennis team continued its early success as the Gators improved to 2-0 with a 7-0 victory over Furman in Gainesville on Friday afternoon.
With the victory, UF improved to 12-0 in the month of January in five seasons under head coach Andy Jackson.
The match marked the collegiate debut of UF's Ryan Sweeting, who won the U.S. Open Junior Championship in September. Sweeting paired with senior Vladimir Obradovic on the top doubles court to defeat Furman's Greg Maarschalk and Ben Pauluhn, 8-2. Junior Janne Holmia and sophomore Greg Ouellette clinched the doubles point for the Gators in 39 minutes with an 8-1 victory on court two over Bryan Crook and Bo Ladyman.
Florida's 70th-ranked Stefan Tell made it a 2-0 advantage with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Ladyman on four. The win improved his overall record to 10-2. Ryan Sherry moved his career record on court six to 32-5 moments later when he got Florida to within one with a 6-1, 6-4 showing over Alex Doan.
Sweeting held off Pauluhn at the top of the order in the first set, 7-5, before going on to win the second 6-0 to provide the clincher.
Coupled with a 7-0 win over UCF on Thursday, the Gators opened the season with back-to-back shutouts for the second consecutive year.
Florida goes on the road for the first time this season as the Gators travel to Waco, Texas for a meeting with No. 7 Baylor on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Sophomore Blake Taylor picked up 2,756 points through four events and is in sixth place after the first day of competition at the Clemson Heptathlon Championships at Clemson, S.C.
The final three events of the meet will be contested today.
Other Gators include senior Kayne DaKoski, who is in 12th place with 2,551 points, while sophomore Kurt Lee is 15th with 2,400 points.
Unattached competitor Maurice Smith leads the meet with 3,262 points going into the final day.
After a 16th-place finish in the 60m dash to open the meet, Taylor regrouped and took fifth in the long jump (6.67m/21-10.5) for 736 points and eighth in the shot put (12.40m/40-8.25) for 631 points. He closed out the day by tying for fifth in the high jump with a mark of 1.89m/6-2.25 to notch 705 points.
The Gators are looking to reach the NCAA automatic score (5,650 points) or the provisional score (5,200 points). The meet will mark the only chance to do so until the Southeastern Conference Championships in Gainesville on Feb. 24-26.
For the second time in the program's 10-year history, Florida is ranked in both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/USA Today and ESPN.com/USA softball preseason polls.
The Gators were tabbed at No. 19 in the NFCA Poll and No. 23 in the USA Softball Poll.
Florida was not ranked in either poll to end the 2005 season.
"It is exciting for our team to receive a preseason ranking," head Coach Tim Walton said. "This team returns a lot of talent from last season, but we still have a lot of work to do. We have to perform on the field against a tough schedule that includes many teams ranked above us and prove we deserve to stay in the top 25."
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