Roundup: Men's tennis falls to No. 13 Cal


Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:47 p.m.

SEATTLE, Wash. — The No. 11 Florida men’s tennis team fell to No. 13 California, 4-1, on Saturday in a consolation match at the ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship. UF will face either No. 8 Oklahoma or No. 24 Washington on Sunday in its final match of the event.

The Gators fell behind early after dropping the doubles point to the Bears. Cal’s Mads Engsted and Ben McLachlan beat UF’s Michael Alford and Florent Diep, 8-3, at the No. 2 position to get things started. The point was clinched on court one, when the Bears’ pair of Chris Konigsfeldt and Campbell Johnson took down Florida’s duo of Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson, 8-6.

In singles, the Bears got another point as Johnson dealt Stephane Piro his first loss of the spring, winning 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 3 position. Florida got a point from Federhofer on court six, defeating Nikhil Jayashankar, 6-3, 7-6.

The remaining four courts split the first two sets, as the Gators tried to extend the match. After Diep dropped the first set, 1-6, against Konigsfeldt on court two, he fought back to win the second set, 6-4, and forced a deciding third set. Diep couldn’t complete the comeback effort, losing 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, and Cal took a 3-1 lead in the match.

With Florida needing points from the final three matches, the pressure was on Alford, Bob van Overbeek and Watson, who each won their first sets. On court one, Cal’s McLachlan stormed back to split sets with van Overbeek, while Alford dropped the second set to Engsted on court five. Watson got to a tiebreak in the second set, but couldn’t pull it out and went to a third set against Gregory Bayane at No. 4 singles.

The match was clinched on court one, as McLachlan closed out van Overbeek, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Florida plays host to No. 13/12 Georgia on Sunday in the O’Connell Center, where tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

The game will be the 62nd meeting between the two programs, the second longest series for Florida against any opponent. The Gators will look to get back on the winning track after falling at Texas A&M, 78-71 on Thursday.

Georgia won the first meeting between these two teams, 69-52, in Athens on Jan. 27.

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