UF men's tennis team advances to Sweet 16 of NCAA tourney

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Andy Andrade won his match in straight sets Sunday at the Ring Tennis Complex on campus. [File]

No. 1 seed Florida defeated South Florida 4-1 Sunday to advance to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.

The Gators (22-2) lost the doubles point to the Bulls (17-10), but stormed back in singles. Andy Andrade (at No. 3), Ben Shelton (No. 4), Josh Goodger (No. 5) and Lukas Greif (No. 6) all won in straight sets.

Florida will play 16 seed Illinois (23-2) at the USTA National Campus in Orlando starting at 7 p.m. May 17.

The Gators have now made the Round of 16 in every NCAA Tournament since 2016 and have made the Round of 16 six times under coach Bryan Shelton. UF finished with a 12-0 record at home this season. The Gators are 57-5 at home since the 2017 season began.

Women: The No. 11-seeded Gators (13-8) lost 4-1 to Southern Cal (13-10) in the regional finale Saturday evening. 

After USC secured the doubles tally, Florida countered with a spirited effort in singles but came up short as the Trojans punched a ticket to the tournament's round of 16 in Lake Nona next week.

Junior Sydney Berlin, winning for the eighth-straight time, posted Florida's lone point.

Florida's McCartney Kessler and Marlee Zein have been selected to compete in the upcoming NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships. Kessler will take part in the singles competition and pair up with Zein in doubles play.

The singles and doubles tournaments will be conducted May 23-28 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando after the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 17-22.