UF men's tennis team sweeps to Round 2
Published: Friday, January 28, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 12:37 a.m.
The seventh-ranked Florida men's tennis team defeated UC Santa Barbara 4-0 Friday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex in the opening round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
The Gators will face either Troy or North Carolina State at 1 p.m. today with a trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 18-21 in Seattle, Wash., at stake.
“Santa Barbara did a good job preparing for this match,” UF coach Andy Jackson said. “We played OK, and we got through. We need to play better tomorrow, but our commitment to getting through the match was good. Now we have a chance to play in our first championship match, and hopefully it's not our last. We're excited to play.”
Bob van Overbeek and Billy Federhofer posted a quick win on court three to give the Gators the early edge in doubles, while courts one and two both went down to the wire.
UCSB fought off a late surge by Sekou Bangoura Jr.-Andrew Butz to win court two in a tiebreaker.However, the Gators wrapped up the doubles point minutes later as Alexandre Lacroix-Nassim Slilam served out the match for an 8-6 victory.
Lacroix then led the charge in singles, winning 10 of the final 11 games to close out Benjamin Recknagel on court one, 6-3, 6-0.