MEN'S TENNIS: Chris Brandi takes SEC honor

For the second time this season, a member of the University of Florida men's tennis team has been named the SEC Player of the Week as redshirt junior Chris Brandi was honored by the league on Tuesday.

Brandi joined Greg Ouellette who became the first freshman in school history to earn the award on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Past winners for Florida include Hamid Mirzadeh (April 5, 2004), Jeff Morrison (Feb. 29, 2000 and April 11, 2000) and Justin O'Neal (March 28, 2000).

Brandi has opened the dual match season with a 4-0 singles record, all of which have been won in straight sets. This past weekend, he played a key role in moving the Gators to 4-0 as a team for the second straight season and the sixth time in the past seven years by picking up a pair of singles wins on court three. He began the weekend by defeating Miami's John Hoyes (6-3, 6-2) and helped the Gators to their eighth consecutive victory over Florida State on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 91st-ranked Jeff Groslimond.

Brandi also teamed with Mirzadeh at the top of the doubles lineup on Friday to defeat Miami's Josh Cohen and Tim Krebs in 47 minutes, 8-3.

This Saturday, Brandi and the rest of the Gator squad will travel to Champaign, Ill., to take on their toughest opponent to date as UF faces fifth-ranked Illinois at 6 p.m. Florida enters the Atkins Tennis Center looking to break the Illini's 36-match home win streak.

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