Gainesville, FL - The ninth-ranked University of Florida men’s
tennis team cruised to a 7-0 victory over Furman in its season opener on
Friday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.
“We know that Coach [Paul] Scarpa is always going to have a
well-coached team that makes you earn a win,” head coach Andy Jackson said. “We’re glad to get this win, and we’ll play better on
Sunday. We know that there will be a considerable jump in talent with
Baylor coming to town, and we’re looking forward to the match.”
Florida fought its way to the doubles point in quick fashion as Bob van
Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Billy Federhofer (North Miami, Fla.)
posted an 8-0 victory on court two in just 28 minutes. They were
followed by Alexandre Lacroix (Paris, France) and Nassim Slilam (Paris,
France) with an 8-3 court one win in which the Gator pair won four
straight games to close out the match in 30 minutes. Sekou Bangoura Jr. (Bradeonton, Fla.) and Andrew Butz (Vero Beach, Fla.) completed the doubles sweep, winning 8-1 on court three.
Four Gators posted a 6-0 first set win in singles, and van Overbeek
posted the first singles point of the day, taking a 6-0, 6-1 win over
Andrei Chvetsov in 49 minutes. Slilam closed his court five match out
after winning his first 10 games on the way to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over
Watson George. Bangoura provided the clincher moments later, as Alex
Christ sailed a forehand deep to wrap up a 6-1, 6-1 Bangoura win and
give UF a 4-0 lead.
“Coach is very good about making sure we know that on any given day
we can beat anybody, but also that anybody can beat us if we don’t
come out and play with intensity,” van Overbeek said. “We came out
firing, and it helped that we got out of the gate that quickly and
played with a lot of focus.”
Federhofer and Butz followed closely behind with straight-sets
victories. Lacroix found himself in a battle on court one as Sawyer
Duncan bounced back from a 6-0 first set to take the second set, 7-5.
With Florida already having the match in hand, Lacroix and Duncan played a 10-point tiebreaker for the third set. Lacroix jumped to a 5-1 lead before Duncan answered with three straight points to draw within 5-4. However, Lacroix would not be denied, winning the final five points in
the tiebreaker for a 10-4 victory.
The Gators will be back in action at home on Sunday at noon, facing the
seventh-ranked Baylor Bears. Admission is free.
#9 Florida vs. Furman
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex
Jan. 21, 2011
1 – (11) Lacroix/Slilam (UF) def. Duncan/Mellow (FU) – 8-3 (:30)
2 – Federhofer/van Overbeek (UF) def. Chvetsov/Droll (FU) – 8-0
3 – Bangoura/Butz (UF) def. Christ/Cook (FU) – 8-1 (:34)
Order of Finish: 2-1-3
1 – (4) Alexandre Lacroix (UF) def. Sawyer Duncan (FU) – 6-0, 5-7,
2 – (52) Bob van Overbeek (UF) def. Andrei Chvetsov (FU) – 6-0, 6-1
3 – (28) Sekou Bangoura Jr. (UF) def. Alex Christ (FU) – 6-1, 6-1
4 – Billy Federhofer (UF) def. Andrew Mellow (FU) – 6-0, 6-2
5 – Nassim Slilam (UF) def. Watson George (FU) 6-0, 6-2 (:54)
6 – Andrew Butz (UF) def. Robbie Aru (FU) – 6-3, 6-2 (1:01)
Order of Finish: 2-5-3-6-4-1