Men's Tennis Defeats Arizona

For the third straight year and the 11th time in the last 14 seasons, the University of Florida men's tennis team advanced to the final site for the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship as the eighth-ranked Gators defeated No. 20 Arizona Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, 4-0.

With the win, Florida is one of 16 teams that made it through first and second round action to earn a trip to Tulsa, Okla., where Round of 16 play begins on Saturday, May 22. Florida's now awaits the result of this afternoon's Stanford-Washington match as the Gators face the winner.

Florida improved its record to 18-7 on the year, while Arizona finished its season at 16-9. Florida also moved to 27-13 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches and posted the tenth shutout in the tournament in the history of the program. UF's second shutout in as many tournament matches could be a sign of things to come. The Gators opened the tournament in the same fashion a year ago and made their way to the quarterfinals. Florida also did so in the 2000 season with wins over Florida A&M and UAB. That year Florida went all the way to the semifinals marking the deepest run in school history.

"We are really excited to be able to go to Tulsa," said UF head coach Andy Jackson. "We had a lot of advantages with the home court and a good schedule, but they are things that we earned during the regular season. To our guys credit we were able to use those. After losing five seniors from a team that made the NCAA quarterfinals a year ago I am proud of the team because they have put us in a position to have a chance. For us to take that chance we have to put it more together as we go."

The Gators went to work quickly for the doubles point and scored 8-3 wins on the top and bottom courts in 53 minutes. UF's Stefan Tell and Martin Stiegwardt defeated Tom Lloyd and Paul Warkentin on court three moments before Hamid Mirzadeh and Chris Brandi (No. 41) knocked off Arizona's 24th-ranked Roger Matalona and Colin O'Grady on one. Mirzadeh and Brandi's victory marked the third time this year the tandem has defeated a top 25 ranked doubles team.

""The doubles point was bigger today than it had been all year," Jackson said. "The heat and the length of the match Arizona played yesterday made it critical today. We were able to play more disciplined than we did against UCF (Florida def. UCF, 4-0, in Saturday's First Round)."

Singles action began with each team coming away with first set wins on three courts. Florida's 76th-ranked Janne Holmia made it a 2-0 Florida lead with his straight set 6-2, 6-1 win over Arizona's Whi Kim on court two. The win brought Holmia to 11-8 in dual match action this season with eight of the victories coming in straight sets and six of those wins coming in his last eight matches.

Mirzadeh also scored a straight set win to get UF to within one point of clinching the match with his win over Arizona's 77th-ranked Roger Matalona on court one (6-4, 6-3). Mirzadeh, who did not give up a break in the match, took control of things in the second set with a strong serve.

Seconds later UF had the win it needed when Brandi defeated Daniel Andrus on court four, 6-2, 6-3. The win gave Brandi his second of the tournament and fifth in his last six outings.

The University of Tulsa will host the 120th Annual NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships, May 22-31, 2004, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. The NCAA Tennis Championships are making their first-ever appearance in Oklahoma — only the fifth time since 1977 outside of Georgia.

NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships

Second Round

Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex, Gainesville, Fla.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Florida 4 def. Arizona 0

Doubles

No. 41 Chris Brandi/Hamid Mirzadeh (UF) def. No. 24 Roger Matalona/Colin O'Grady (UA), 8-3
Vladimir Obradovic/Janne Holmia (UF) vs. Daniel Andrus/Whi Kim (UA), Susp.
Stefan Tell/Martin Stiegwardt (UF) def. Tom Lloyd/Paul Warkentin (UA), 8-3

Singles

No. 12 Hamid Mirzadeh (UF) def. No. 77 Roger Matalona (UA), 6-4, 6-3
No. 76 Janne Holmia (UF) def. Whi Kim (UA), 6-2, 6-1
No. 87 Vladimir Obradovic (UF) vs. Colin O'Grady (UA), Susp.
Chris Brandi (UF) def. Daniel Andrus (UA), 6-2, 6-3
Jordan Dolberg (UF) vs. Tom Lloyd (UA), Susp.
Ryan Sherry (UF) vs. Paul Warkentin (UA), Susp.


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