North Florida 5, USC Upstate 1

May 7, 2005

SPARTANBURG, SC -- North Florida turned around a key singles match and claimed two of the three doubles matches to take a 5-1 victory over host USC Upstate in the championship of the 2005 NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Mid-Atlantic Sub-Regional at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

North Florida advances to the round of 16 to face the winner of the Southwest Baptist-Colorado School of Mines match. The nationals will be played May 11-14 in Altamonte Springs, FL.

Leonardo Gomes and German Escallon teamed to claim an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles and Elad Gabay and Eduardo Pereira fought back for a come-from-behind 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles. USC Upstate's Predrag Burmazovic and Sebastian Gonzales Orbegoso won 8-5 to give the Spartans a point and hope leading into singles play.

In singles play, Gabay gave North Florida its third point with a 6-0, 6-3 victory at the No. 5 spot and Pereira claimed a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Stefan Dumitrescu at the No. 1 slot to bring the team match to 4-1 and within a point of victory. With USC Upstate up a set in three of the four remaining matches, North Florida's Jose Terrera won 11 straight games to turn a 5-2 first set deficit to Diego Sist into a 7-5, 6-0 victory to give North Florida the win.

Results
Singles
#1 Eduardo Pereira (UNF) def. Stefan Dumitrescu (Upstate); 6-4, 6-4
#2 Jose Terrera (UNF) def. Diego Sist (Upstate); 7-5, 6-0
#3 Jose Luis Reyes (Upstate) vs. German Escallon (UNF); DNF
#4 Predrag Burmazovic (Upstate) vs. Leonardo Gomes (UNF); DNF
#5 Elad Gabay (UNF) def. Ben Ureta (Upstate); 6-0, 6-3
#6 Sebastian Gonzales Orbegoso (Upstate) vs. Glen Marshall (UNF); DNF

Doubles
#1 Gomes/Escallon (UNF) def. Sist/Ureta (Upstate); 8-3
#2 Gabay/Pereira (UNF) def. Dumitrescu/Reyes (Upstate); 8-6
#3 Burmazovic/Gonzales Orbegoso (Upstate) def. De Polignac/Terrera (UNF); 8-5

-- Courtesy USC Upstate