GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fifth-ranked Florida defeated in-state rival Florida State 6-1 on Saturday, 6-1, at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. Junior Tripper Carleton clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles against FSU’s Blake Davis.
Florida improved to 4-1 on the season while Florida State fell to 8-2. The Gators are 53-20 all-time against FSU and have won five matches in a row against the Seminoles.
“It was a very competitive match [Saturday],” head coach Andy Jackson said. “We’re definitely very excited to get the win.”
The Gators remain undefeated on the season when taking the doubles point, sweeping all three doubles matches. Andrew Butz and Bob van Overbeek earned a break at 2-1 against Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock and seemed in control the entire match, winning 8-5 in just 43 minutes.
In the top position, Florida’s Billy Federhofer and Nassim Slilam broke serve at 4-4 to earn the advantage against Davis and Jordan Kelly-Houston and broke serve again to win the match 8-5 and clinch the doubles point.
At No. 3 doubles, Carleton and Spencer Newman went back-and-forth with Dominic Cotrone and Anderson Reed, but pulled out a tiebreaker to win 8-7 (2). The UF duo is undefeated in dual match play this spring, posting a 5-0 record through five matches.
In singles, Michael Alford quietly breezed past Lock at the sixth position 6-4, 6-3 to give UF a 2-0 lead in the team score. In a tight match at No. 1 singles, van Overbeek pulled out a second-set tiebreaker 6-3, 7-6 (6) for the win against Kelly-Houston.
Minutes later, Carleton guaranteed the Gator victory with his win over Davis on court three. Carleton has a 4-0 record in singles’ dual-match play this season.
Newman used two breaks in a close second set to win 6-3, 7-6 (3) against Jason Zafiros at No. 5 singles. Slilam, who opened his match at No. 2 singles winning seven consecutive games, fought back after dropping the second set to beat Cristian Gonzalez Mendez 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.
The Gators’ Florent Diep lost to Bucaro in three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.