Men's Tennis Defeats UCF

The seventh-seeded and eighth-ranked University of Florida men's tennis team began play in the 2004 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Saturday morning as the Gators defeated No. 71 Central Florida, 4-0, in a first round match up in Gainesville, Fla. UF (17-7) will next play Arizona on Sunday at Noon after the Wildcats outlasted Florida State, 4-3.

UCF ended its season with a 15-9 record after making its second trip to the NCAA Regional. A season ago, UCF also played Florida in the opening round and was defeated 4-0.

"UCF was a quality opponent that really pushed us," said UF head coach Andy Jackson. "The match was similar to what I had hoped for, but we are going to need to play more disciplined tomorrow. The 4-0 score was not indicative of the way the match went which often happens in NCAA play because you stop at four. We were happy to get through to the next round though."

Florida advanced to the second round for the fifth time in the last six years as the Gators have made it under Jackson in each of the three years he has been in Gainesville. In addition, Florida moved to 26-13 all-time in the NCAA tournament while UF is 10-0 against in state opponents with Jackson at the helm. Additionally, the Gators secured the program's ninth shutout in NCAA tournament play.

Florida got to within one match of clinching the doubles point when 41st-ranked Chris Brandi and Hamid Mirzadeh led 2-1 over Catalin Bradu and Antonio Sierra at the top of the lineup before reeling off six unanswered games for the 8-1 victory.

UF got the win it needed to take the doubles point when Jordan Dolberg and Stefan Tell paired for the first time this season on court three to get an 8-4 victory over Gabriel Strangberg and Rhett Rosen. The Florida duo teamed together after Martin Stiegwardt who was Tell's partner for the majority of the dual match season did not play due to a left knee injury.

A 6-0, 6-0 win on court six by Florida's Ryan Sherry over Paul Ramy made it a 2-0 Gator advantage. Sherry blanked Ramy in just under an hour to pull his dual match record to 12-6 on the year as half of his dozen victories have come in the last seven outings.

Brandi made it a 3-0 Gator lead with a 6-3, 6-2 win on court four over Joel Allen. Brandi improved to 14-9 in dual matches on the year and picked up his fourth win in his last five appearances.

Mirzadeh provided the clincher at the top of the lineup where he defeated Bradu, 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 15 minutes. The win brought Mirzadeh to 3-1 in NCAA Tournament singles match play on his career.

The winner of Sunday's second round match will earn a trip to Tulsa, Okla., which will host the Round of 16 through the national title match. Play in Tulsa begins on Saturday, May 22.

NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships

First Round

Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex, Gainesville, Fla.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Florida 4 def. UCF 0

Doubles

41 Hamid Mirzadeh/Chris Brandi (UF) def. Catalin Bradu/Antonio Sierra (UCF), 8-1 Vladimir Obradovic/Janne Holmia (UF) vs. Simon Jaeger/Joel Allen (UCF), Susp. Stefan Tell/Jordan Dolberg (UF) def.. Gabriel Strangberg/Rhett Rosen (UCF), 8-4 Order of Finish – 1,

Singles

12 Hamid Mirzadeh (UF) def.. Catalin Bradu (UCF), 6-4, 6-2 76 Janne Holmia (UF) vs. Antonio Sierra (UCF), Susp. 87 Vladimir Obradovic (UF) vs. Ener Gursoy (UCF), Susp. Chris Brandi (UF) def. Joel Allen (UCF), 6-3, 6-2 Jordan Dolberg (UF) vs. Simon Jaeger (UCF), Susp. Ryan Sherry (UF) def. Paul Ramy (UCF), 6-0, 6-0 Order of Finish – 6, 4, 1


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