Men's tennis opens dual season with win

Published: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 12:18 a.m.

The 10th-ranked Florida men’s tennis team started the 2009 dual match season with a 5-2 victory over Furman on Friday at the Ring Tennis Complex.

Florida’s lineup featured three players who made their first appearance in an NCAA dual match: redshirt junior Antoine Benneteau and true freshmen Carlos Cueto and Joey Burkhardt.

The No. 1 doubles pair of Benneteau and Burkhardt kicked off the 2009 dual match season with a 8-4 win over Andy Juc and Chris Motes. Sophomores Jeff Dadamo and Johnny Hamui defeated Bo Ladyman and Jordan Walters, 9-7, while sophomore Alex Lacroix and Cueto downed Chris Rhyne and Andrei Chvestov, 8-6, to complete the Gators’ sweep and give UF a 1-0 lead.

In singles, Cueto, Lacroix and Benneteau extended Florida’s lead to 4-0 to clinch the victory for Florida. Cueto defeated Juc handily, 6-1, 6-0, in his debut at the No. 1 position. Benneteau notched his first singles win in a dual match after defeating Daniel Knause in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, while Lacroix provided the clincher with a 6-2, 6-2 showing over Ladyman.

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