UF roundup: Gators to host NCAA tennis opener

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FILE — Gator's Anna Danilina hits a forehand return. [Cyndi Chambers/Corresponde­nt]
Florida’s men’s and women’s tennis teams both were chosen as one of 16 hosts of their respective NCAA Championships first and second rounds May 11-13 at UF’s Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex.

Women’s first round May 11: 11 a.m., Florida State (17-12) vs. North Florida (17-7); 2 p.m., Florida (18-8) vs. Youngstown State (16-10). Second round, 4 p.m. May 12: Friday’s winners play.

Men’s first round May 12: 10 a.m., Miami (14-12) vs. North Florida (13-9); 1 p.m., Florida (16-9) vs. South Carolina State (10-6). Second round, 1 p.m. May 13: Saturday’s winners play.

Spectators interested in purchasing advance all-session tickets may do so by contacting the Gator Ticket Office (352) 375-4683 ext. 6800.

The winning team from each of the 16 regionals will advance to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the NCAA Round of 16 and beyond.

LACROSSE

Gators to host Big East tourney

Big East regular-season champion Florida will host the four-team tournament starting Thursday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on campus.

Top-seeded UF (14-3) will play four seed Marquette (10-7) at 4 p.m. followed by second seed Georgetown (12-4) vs. third seed Denver (11-5) at 7 p.m. The winners meet for the title at 12 p.m. Saturday.

TRACK AND FIELD

Bates, David collect SEC weekly awards

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Florida horizontal jumpers KeAndre Bates and Yanis David were named the SEC Field Athlete of the Week for their respective genders, the league office announced Tuesday

At last weekend’s National Relay Championships, David hopped, skipped, and jumped her way onto the Collegiate All-Time Top 10 triple jump list, becoming the No. 7 performer in collegiate history with the 15th-farthest mark in collegiate history. The Lamentin, Guadeloupe native posted a mark of 14.13 meters (46 feet, 4.25 inches), shattering Ciarra Brewer’s four-year-old school record of 13.91 meters (45 feet, 7.75 inches). Her mark ranks second nationally this season, only tra

iling American and collegiate record holder Keturah Orji.

Bates posted an NCAA lead in the triple jump (16.69 meters / 54 feet, 9.25 inches), winning a competition that produced the top six triple jumpers on this week’s national descending order list. The El Paso, Texas native also posted a season-best mark in the long jump (7.87 meters / 25 feet, 10 inches), putting him to 15th on the national descending order list.

Bates, the reigning outdoor national champion in both horizontal jumps, leads all SEC triple jumpers by 19 centimeters, and is ahead of all non-Florida SEC triple jumpers by a whopping 61 centimeters (2 feet).