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UF Men’s Tennis Makes Strong Showing As USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships

By: UF Sports Communications
By: UF Sports Communications

Gainesville, FL - The USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships
continued at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla.,on Friday with three Florida singles players advancing into the Round of 32 and one doubles pair earning a place in the quarterfinals. Singles action was highlighted by freshman Andrew Butz (Vero Beach, Fla.) posting a three-set win over the No. 9-12-seeded Cesare Gallo of
Stetson.

“I thought we came out and played OK today,” head coach Andy
Jackson said. “This will help us tremendously the next time we host a
big event like this, which we will have with the SEC Tournament here in
April.”

Both of Florida’s seeded players in the singles draw advanced, as
sophomores Sekou Bangoura Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.) and Bob van Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) posted victories in their first matches of the
tournament. Bangoura cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Florida A&M’s
Takura Happy, while van Overbeek battled to a three-set victory over
South Florida’s Yannick Yoshizawa, 6-1, 6-7, 7-6.

Butz’s win marked his first against a nationally-ranked player as
Gallo currently holds the No. 108 rating.

In doubles action, senior Alexandre Lacroix (Paris, France) and junior
Nassim Slilam (Paris, France) blanked Miami’s Waylon Chin and Edwardo Pavia, 8-0, in the Round of 32. The UF duo then posted an 8-5 victory against Stetson’s Maksim Levanovich and Christopher Swanteson to earn a berth in the quarterfinals.

The singles and doubles draw winners will earn a place in November’s
USTA/ITA National Collegiate Indoor Championships at the Billie Jean
King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The ninth-ranked Lacroix
is not competing in the singles draw at this weekend’s regional event,
as he has already qualified for next month’s national event.

Below are the complete results and upcoming schedule for Florida’s
participants. The complete draw is available by following this link
(PDF): http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/men/tour/ita/2010/draw.pdf

USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships
Gainesville, Fla.
Friday, Oct. 22, Results (UF only)

Singles – Round of 64
(111) Sekou Bangoura Jr. (UF) def. Takura Happy (FAMU) – 6-3, 6-2
Andrew Butz (UF) def. (108) Cesare Gallo (Stetson) – 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
(105) Bob van Overbeek (UF) def. Yannick Yoshizawa (USF) – 6-1, 6-7,
7-6
Kevin King (Georgia Tech) def. Michael Alford (UF) – 6-2, 7-5
(4) Guillermo Gomez (Georgia Tech) def. Billy Federhofer (UF) – 6-4,
7-5
Mortiz Buerchner (UNF) def. Nassim Slilam (UF) – 6-3, 6-3

Doubles – Round of 32
(20) Lacroix/Slilam (UF) def. Chin/Pavia (Miami) – 8-0
(43) King/Spir (Georgia Tech) def. Alford/Butz (UF) – 8-2
Gomez/O’Brien (Georgia Tech) def. (56) Bangoura/van Overbeek (UF) –
8-2

Doubles – Round of 16
(20) Lacroix/Slilam (UF) def. Levanovich/Swanteson (Stetson) – 8-5

Saturday, Oct. 23, Schedule (UF only)

Singles – Round of 32
9 a.m. – (111) Sekou Bangoura Jr. (UF) vs. Jordan Kelly-Houston
(FSU)
9 a.m. – Andrew Butz (UF) vs. Federico Sabogal (USF)
10:15 a.m. – (105) Bob van Overbeek (UF) vs. Waylon Chin (Miami)

Singles – Round of 16 (3 p.m.)
TBD

Singles – Consolation
11 a.m. – Michael Alford (UF) vs. Gabriel Flores (Miami)
11 a.m. – Billy Federhofer (UF) vs. Mark Worsham (Mercer)
11 a.m. – Nassim Slilam (UF) vs. Evandro Rosindo (Mercer)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(20) Lacroix/Slilam (UF) vs. Doumbia/Taboada (UGA)


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