Roundup: UF men's tennis team falls in Round of 16

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 12:03 a.m.

The third-seeded Ohio State men's tennis team eliminated No. 14 Florida, 4-3, Friday night in a tiebreaker in the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

Buckeyes opened with wins in both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to clinch the point and take an early lead on the Gators. While Florida would rally with singles victories at No. 2 by Gordon Watson, No. 3 by Maxx Lipman and No. 4 by Diego Hidalgo, Ohio State clinched the team win on tiebreaker loss by Mike Alford at No. 6 singles, following an earlier defeat by UF's No. 1 singles player Florent Diep.

The Gators' Round of 16 berth was their fourth in the last five years.

TRACK AND FIELD: At Lexington, Ky., the Florida track and field squad chalked up 11 points in the men's team race Friday at SEC Outdoors, thanks to hammer thrower Kyle Strawn and distance runner Eddie Garcia, who guided the Gators to a tie for fourth place following the second day of action at the Kentucky Track and Field Complex.

Brittany Harrell used a fifth-place finish in the heptathlon (5,436) to chip in four points towards UF's fifth-place standing (8 points) on the women's side. Strawn's third-place showing in the hammer throw (64.61m/211-11) gave Florida its first points on the men's side to start the day and Garcia then capped off the day's competition with a fourth-place performance in the 10K (29:57.48). The Gators additionally qualified five individuals for finals following Friday prelims.

“Overall, the biggest thing I see is we don't have the pride and the passion that we usually show at these championships,” said UF coach Mike Holloway. “I think we're letting the weather bother us a little bit, but the thing we have to understand is the weather is affecting everybody, not just us.”

MEN'S GOLF: At Auburn, Ala., starting off the morning by sinking a birdie on No. 10, junior J.D. Tomlinson shot a 75 for the second consecutive day to wrap up round two action at the East Regional at Auburn University Club on Friday.

Tomlinson bogeyed on the par-4 13th hole and once more on the back nine on the par-5 16th. He penciled in another birdie on 18 before heading to the front nine where he double bogeyed the first hole, but then shot even the rest of the way before bogeying on nine.

Tomlinson now sits tied for 32nd, still trailing Austin Peay's Marco Iten who shot a 70 on Saturday and is now 3-under overall in third place.

No. 1 Alabama still paces the field of 14, distancing itself by 15 strokes over second place No. 25 Auburn.

“Today was a little bit deja vu,” said UF coach Buddy Alexander on Tomlinson. “He drove the ball beautifully but was not sharp with his irons and his short game. Consequently, he's only made three birdies in 36 holes.”

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Florida takes aim at top-seeded, No. 1-ranked and host Georgia in the NCAA Quarterfinals at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., Saturday at 4 p.m.

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