Georgia 4, Florida 0
Georgia 4, Florida 0May 17, 2007
Athens, Ga. - The No. 19 University of Florida men's tennis team had its run in the 2007 NCAA team draw come to a close Thursday evening as the Gators fell to top-ranked Georgia, 4-0, in the Round of 16 meeting at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
"I couldn't be prouder of our team and particularly our season," said UF head coach Andy Jackson. "Georgia was too good for us and stopped us from advancing. All the credit goes to them. They won because the played better and they won because the have a lot of talent."
The season concluded with the Gators posting a 15-8 overall record and making an appearance in the NCAA Round of 16 for the sixth-straight season and the 14th time in the past 17 years. UF maintained a top 25 ranking in the ITA poll for all but one week of the campaign. In addition, the Gators finished in a tie for third in the Southeastern Conference standings and got to the semifinals of the league tournament for the fifth-straight season and the 11th time in school history.
Georgia quickly grabbed the doubles point with wins on courts two and three in just over 30 minutes. At the time the Bulldogs clinched, UF's third-ranked Jesse Levine and Greg Ouellette were even at five on the top court with UGA's number one ranked John Isner and Luis Flores.
In singles play, UGA's Nate Schnugg (95) made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over UF's Jordan Dolberg on court five. Minutes later, Matic Omerzel (35) got the Bulldogs to within one of the win with a 6-2, 6-0 showing against Billy Mulligan on court four. Georgia's Travis Helgeson (12) provided the clincher with a 6-4, 6-1 decision against UF's Nestor Briceno on court three.
With the team match decided, play was halted on the remaining courts. Levine (No. 3), who was squaring off against Isner (No. 1) on court one when play was stopped now carries his 21-0 record into the NCAA singles draw later this month. Levine is the first player since Fresno State's Peter Luczak in 2001 to be undefeated entering the singles competition. That year, Luczak was 27-0 before losing in the first round.
Levine will be joined by Ouellette when the singles draw begins on May 23 in Athens. Levine will be the No. 3 seed in singles and the two will team as the No. 3 seed in the doubles draw, which gets underway on May 24.
1 (3) Greg Ouellette/Jesse Levine, UF, vs. (1) John Isner/Luis Flores (UGA), 5-5 DNF
2 (16) Travis Helgeson/Matic Omerzel (UGA) def. Geoffrey Barton/Nestor Briceno, UF, 8-1
3 Jamie Hunt/Nate Schnugg (UGA) def. Dan Cash/Jordan Dolberg, UF, 8-2
1 (1) John Isner (UGA) vs. (3) Jesse Levine, UF vs. 7-5, 4-4 DNF
2 (21) Greg Ouellette, UF vs. (14) Luis Flores (UGA), 6-4, 2-6, 2-0 DNF
3 (12) Travis Helgeson (UGA) def. Nestor Briceno, UF, 6-4, 6-1
4 (35) Matic Omerzel (UGA) def. Billy Mulligan, UF, 6-2, 6-0
5 (95) Nate Schnugg (UGA) def. Jordan Dolberg, UF, 6-1, 6-2
6 (104) Jamie Hunt (UGA) vs. Geoffrey Barton, UF, 7-5, 4-1,DNF