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NCAA Tennis Tournament Florida Round-up

May 13, 2013 02:30 PM
miami_women_2013After the regional first rounds of the men's and women's NCAA tennis tournaments over the weekend, Florida has two schools in the women's Round of 16 and none in the men's Round of 16 after some upsets. Here is a round-up of play over the weekend:
 

Denver Shocks UF Men in NCAA 1st Round

 
The unranked Denver Pioneers shocked the No. 15-ranked University of Florida men on Friday in the first round of NCAA tournament play 4-3 at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville.
 
UF won the doubles point and led 3-1 before Denver stormed back to win three straight and the match. "That's a tough pill to swallow," said Florida head coach Bryan Shelton. "Those guys never quit. They kept competing and gave themselves an opportunity to win the match and when they had the opportunity they seized it...We've got to get better as a team, as a program."
 
Denver, which had lost nine matches in a row at one point during the season, clinched the match when Alex Clinkenbeard outlasted Florida's Billy Federhofer 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 in the final meeting on court.
 

FSU Women Fall 1st Rd. to No. 33 Memphis

 
The No. 21-ranked Florida State women's tennis team fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 33 Memphis 4-1 on Friday at the indoor Roberta Alison Baumgarder Tennis Facility at the University of Alabama, where play was moved to due to inclement weather.
 
"That's a tough way to end the season," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "I thought we'd be a little bit better, but credit Memphis. They played like hunters today. That team did a great job up and down the line today."
 
Memphis won the doubles point and came out strong in the singles, winning four of the six first sets. FSU's Amy Sargeant at No. 4 singles won the only point for the Seminoles, defeating Liza Tymchenko 6-0, 6-1. "It was my senior year so I had to go out there and give it my all," Sargeant said. "It's been a great season for me and the girls and making the ACC final two out of my four years was a dream come true. Not too many teams can do that."
 

Florida Women Advance to Round of 16

 
Gator seniors Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) and Caroline Hitimana (Waterloo, Belgium) made their final home appearance a memorable one, helping Florida earn a 4-0 win against No. 23 Georgia Tech in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships played at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on Sunday afternoon.
 
On Saturday in first round play the UF women defeated Marist 4-0. Florida advances to the NCAA Round of 16 and plays No. 15 Duke (16-9) on Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. ET in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. The Blue Devils knocked off host Texas Tech 4-3 in their second-round match.
 
"One of our losses this year was to Duke," UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. "Their roster has sort of been decimated with injuries so they are forfeiting one spot and playing a soccer player at another so obviously it is not the same Duke team we faced in February."
 

No. 33 FSU Men Fall to No. 18 Cal in NCAA 1st Rd.

 
The No. 33-ranked Florida State men's tennis season ended their season with a 4-1 loss to No. 18 Cal on Friday at the Ring Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Florida. The Seminoles finished the year with an 18-11 record while Cal increased to 15-9.
 
Cal won the opening doubles point, then in singles won five of the first six sets en route to victory, with sophomore Dominic Cotrone earning the lone point for the Seminoles at No. 1.
 
"I felt like Cal played a really good match," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "They won it at a spot or two that I thought we had chance. I think that was the key to the match. It's a very bright future for our team with having three sophomores and a freshman in our line-up, especially with the emergence of Dominic at No. 1 and Benjamin [Lock] at No. 2."
 

Miami Women Blank UNF, Purdue to Advance to NCAA Sweet 16

 
The University of Miami women's tennis team improved to 22-5 on the season after defeating Purdue University 4-0 on Saturday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, advancing to the NCAA Round of 16. The victory followed a 4-0 win over the University of North Florida, completed earlier Saturday due to rain.
 
"Purdue is a tough team," said Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. "They played long points...I have a lot of respect for those girls...They are a very solid team all the way through. It was a great match to prepare us to go to the next round."
 
Miami will move on to Urbana, Ill., to face No. 11-ranked Northwestern in the Sweet 16 on Friday. The two teams met earlier this season at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. in February when Northwestern won the match 4-2.
 
The Round of 16 women's matches in Illinois will be (1) Florida vs. Duke, (9) Alabama vs. (8) California, (5) Southern California vs. (12) Stanford, (13) Clemson vs. (4) Georgia, (3) Texas A&M vs. (14) Virginia, (11) Northwestern vs. (6) Miami, (7) UCLA vs. (10) Michigan, and (15) Nebraska vs. (2) North Carolina.
 
The Round of 16 men's matches in Illinois will be (1) UCLA vs. (16) Vanderbilt, (9) Duke vs. (8) Kentucky, (5) Ohio State vs. (12) Texas A&M, (13) Baylor vs. (5) Southern California, (3) Georgia vs. (14) Oklahoma, (11) Pepperdine vs. Memphis, (7) Tennessee vs. (10) Mississippi, and California vs. (2) Virginia.
 
 
 
 

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