WACO, Texas — No. 8 Florida started its dual-match season with an impressive 6-1 victory on the road at No. 5 Baylor on Sunday afternoon. After winning all three doubles matches to earn the first point, the Gators won five of six singles matches for the final margin.
Sophomore Andrew Butz and junior Bob van Overbeek jumped out to a fast start and won 8-5 against BU’s Kike Grangeiro and Mate Zsiga at the No. 3 doubles spot. Junior transfer Frank Carleton and sophomore Spencer Newman played a tight match against Baylor’s Diego Galeano and Roberto Maytin, but earned a late break and clinched the doubles point for Florida, winning 8-6 at the No. 2 doubles position.
Junior Billy Federhofer and senior Nassim Slilam completed the doubles sweep for UF with an 8-5 win in the top position against Marko Krickovic and Roberto Verzaal.
In singles action, Federhofer breezed past Grangeiro in the sixth position, 6-0, 6-1, to push Florida’s lead to 2-0 overall. Zsiga got Baylor on the board with a straight-set win against van Overbeek in the No. 1 position, 6-4, 6-2. It proved to be the Bears’ only point of the match, as the Gators swept the remaining four courts. Slilam gave UF a 3-1 lead after downing Galeano, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 2 singles.
Sophomore Florent Diep, making his dual-match debut for Florida, clinched the match with a close win over Krickovic, 7-5, 7-5, at the fourth position.
Carleton and Newman earned the final two points for Florida at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively. Carleton beat Maytin in three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Newman won in a superset tiebreak against Lars Behlen, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (10-7).