Roundup: Men's tennis blanks UCF


Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 5:58 p.m.

The 12th-ranked Florida men’s tennis team shutout the UCF Knights, 7-0, on Wednesday evening at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators improved to 2-0 on the season with two matches scheduled for this weekend as UF hosts the 2013 ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

Once again, the Gators used a strong doubles performance to take a 1-0 lead in the match. At the No. 2 doubles position, Florida’s pair of Bob van Overbeek and Stephane Piro cruised to an 8-1 victory over UCF’s Francesc Aulina and Jorge Blasco. At No. 3 doubles, Billy Federhofer and Luke Johnson then clinched the point for UF with an 8-3 win over the Knights’ Matthew Gladstone and Jose Sangroniz.

The No. 1 doubles match was halted at 4-4 between the Gators’ Mike Alford and Florent Diep and UCF’s Amar Hromic and Juan Bolona.

In singles action, van Overbeek cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles over Sangroniz, giving the Gators a 2-0 lead in the match. Alford and Piro then finished within minutes of each other to clinch the victory for Florida. Alford defeated Gladstone, 6-2, 6-1, on court three and Piro beat Hromic, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 2 position.

Diep won at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-4, over UCF’s Blasco and Federhofer beat Aulina, 6-4, 6-3, on court five. Johnson completed the sweep with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win at No. 6 singles over Bolona.

Gymnastics: A pair of Gators picked up Southeastern Conference honors Wednesday as senior Ashanee Dickerson is the SEC Gymnast of the Week and junior Mackenzie Caquatto is the SEC Specialist of the Week.

Dickerson claimed three event titles, including winning her 15th career all-around with a season-best total of 39.575 in Florida's win over Missouri. She upped her collegiate vault best to a near-perfect 9.975 to claim her second title of the season on the event and the 16th as a Gator. She also anchored the Gators' floor exercise lineup with her winning mark of 9.90 for the 17th floor win as a Gator. Dickerson now owns five event titles this season and 63 for her career, which places her fifth on the Gators' all-time list.

Caquatto found perfection on the uneven bars, anchoring the Gators' bar lineup with a perfect 10.0. She is the first collegiate gymnast to earn a 10.0 in any event this season. With her 10.0 Friday, Caquatto becomes the fifth Gator to earn the mark on uneven bars and first since All-American Melanie Sinclair earned her third in 2009. She is the first Gator to claim the SEC Specialist of the Week honor, a new category for the 2013 league's weekly honors.

Women's basketball: Florida has lost its last two games by a combined 11 points to nationally-ranked opponents and aims to halt its slide on Thursday when the team plays host to Ole Miss at the O'Connell Center beginning at 7 p.m. The game marks the end of a three-game homestand for the Gators.

The Rebels dropped a 73-72 overtime heartbreaker at home to Missouri in their most recent outing and also are focused on ending their five-game losing streak.

Ole Miss issued a self-imposed postseason ban prior to the start of the year after then-head coach Adrian Wiggins was dismissed during the school's investigation of recruiting violations. Brett Frank has been the Rebels' acting head coach.

The Gators need to take advantage of playing on their home court, where they sport a 9-2 overall record, because after Thursday's game, Florida embarks on a five-game run with four on the road.

Lacrosse: Coming off a strong 2012 campaign, the Florida lacrosse team is preparing for the 2013 season as it hosts the England National Team in an exhibition contest at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Thursday. Opening draw is set for 6:30 p.m.

This is the second-straight year the Gators have played the Brits in an exhibition game. Last season, the Gators came up victorious in a 17-2 win in their first ever international contest. England is currently on a week-long tour of Florida and will face off later this week against Team USA, Northwestern and Haudenosaunee at the Champions Challenge at the Wide World of Sports at Disney World. They will also face Syracuse and Jacksonville in other contests during their trip.

The Gators return all but one starter from a season ago, where they finished with an impressive 19-3 record, advancing all the way to the NCAA Final Four as the No. 1 seed in the tournament. They also captured their second-straight ALC regular-season championship by going 5-0 in league play, and picked up their first conference tournament championship in 2012. They became just the fourth program in its third season of play to reach the national semifinals, and head coach Amanda O'Leary became the third person to both coach and play in the final four.

Thursday's game can be heard live on AM-850.

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