Florida 4, UCF 0

May 14, 2005

Gainesville, Fla. * For the third straight season, the fourth-seeded and third-ranked University of Florida mens tennis team began the NCAA team championship draw with a win over UCF as the Gators took a 4-0 decision over the Golden Knights Saturday morning in Gainesville. UF (21-5, and winners of 16 of the last 17 dual matches) awaits the outcome of Saturdays second match between Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech as the winners meet on Sunday at Noon in the second round.

"We played UCF early in the season (UF defeated UCF 7-0 in the regular season opener) and today they were a completely different team," said UF head coach Andy Jackson. They pushed us and gave us a test. Im happy to move on and get through to the next round. I thought we played better as the match went on and were going to need to play at an even higher level tomorrow, which I think we will. Todays test was what I expected because mens tennis is deep and I expect a competitive match tomorrow with both teams ranked in the top 40.

Florida advanced to the second round for the sixth time in the last seven years as the Gators have made it under Jackson in each of the four years he has been in Gainesville. In addition, Florida moved to 25-14 all-time in the NCAA tournament while UF is 15-0 against in state opponents with Jackson at the helm. Additionally, the Gators secured the programs 11th shutout in NCAA tournament play and fourth straight in the opening round of the event.

Florida took the doubles point in just under an hour with wins on courts two and three. Newcomer Nestor Briceno (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and junior Stefan Tell (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) finished first at the bottom of the lineup with an 8-5 decision over Simon Jaeger and Rhett Rosen. The win improved the pair to 6-2 in doubles play this season. Redshirt junior Chris Brandi (Boca Raton, Fla) and junior Jordan Dolberg (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) got the point for UF minutes later with their victory one court higher in the lineup. The win was the second of the season for the tandem, which has only been paired together four times this year.

In singles play, Briceno increased the lead to 2-0 in Floridas favor with a 7-5, 6-1 win on court four over UCFs Sinan Sudas. Briceno fell behind in the first set, 5-0, before rattling off wins in 11 straight games and going on to the straight set victory, which was his eighth straight.

Redshirt junior Ryan Sherry (Ft. Myers, Fla.) got UF to within one of clinching the match with a 6-4, 6-4 straight set win on court six. Sherry has won 16 of his last 17 matches and leads the squad with a 20-3 dual match record.

Junior Vladimir Obradovic (Belgrade, Serbia) provided the winner by outlasting Antonio Sierra in three sets on court three, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. The win was the fourth in the last five outings for Obradovic.

Florida has not matched up against Georgia Tech since 1991, however, the Gators did shutout Vanderbilt in the regular season meeting on Friday, March 11, in Gainesville. Florida has advanced to the final site for the NCAA Men's Championships three straight years and 11 times in the past 14 seasons. This year, College Station, Texas will host the final 16 teams with matches beginning on May 21.

Florida vs. UCF
2005 NCAA Tournament First Round
Ring Tennis Complex - Gainesville, Fla.

Singles
(24) Hamid Mirzadeh (UF) vs. Joel Allen (UCF), DNF
(49) Greg Ouellette (UF) vs. Ener Gursoy (UCF) DNF
(95) Vladimir Obradovic (UF) def. Antonio Sierra (UCF) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4*
Nestor Briceno (UF) def. Sinan Sudas (UCF), 7-5, 6-1
(103) Chris Brandi (UF) vs. Sebastian Delgado (UCF), DNF
Ryan Sherry (UF) def. Simon Jaeger (UCF), 6-4, 6-4 Order of Finish * 4, 6, 3

Doubles
(8) Hamid Mirzadeh/Greg Ouellette (UF) vs. Antonio Sierra/Joel Allen (UCF), DNF
Chris Brandi/Jordan Dolberg (UF) def. Ener Gursoy/Sebastian Delgado (UCF), 8-4*
Nestor Briceno/Stefan Tell (UF) def. Simon Jaeger/Rhett Rosen (UCF), 8-5
Order of Finish * 3, 2

* - Clinched doubles point/dual match

Quote from UCF men's tennis Coach Bobby Cashman on 1st rnd 4-0 loss to Florida:

"I thought we played great in singles. There were a lot of matches that went into third sets and could have gone either way. We lost the doubles by dropping a break here and there and missed some shots, which you can not do against the Gators and expect to win. We had an awful good season and really turned it on late. We really overachieved this season."



-- Courtesy Florida