MEN'S TENNIS: UF Advance To Indoor Quarterfinals

CHICAGO --- For the third straight season, the fifth-ranked and third-seeded University of Florida men's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors as the Gators defeated number 31 Harvard (seeded 14th), 4-0, Thursday morning at the Mid-town Tennis Club in Chicago. Florida improved to 5-1 on the season and will meet number six Ole Miss on Friday morning at 10 a.m. ET. The Rebels defeated number 12 Southern California, 4-0, to move on.

Florida, which is making its tenth appearance in the national championship event, improved to 5-5 all-time in first round play. UF defeated Harvard 4-0 in the opening round of last season's tournament in Seattle, Wash., as well.

Florida head coach Andy Jackson shifted the doubles lineup, which resulted in the Gators grabbing the point for the first time in the last three outings. For the first time this season, UF senior Hamid Mirzadeh and freshman Greg Ouellette were teamed at the top of the lineup where they defeated Harvard's 31st-ranked Jonathan Chu and Ashwin Kumar, 8-3, to put UF within in one court of the doubles win. Ouellette became the first freshman to appear on No. 1 doubles court for the Gators since Mirzadeh did so in 2002.

Juniors Jordan Dolberg and Ryan Sherry improved to 5-1 in dual match play as the provided the clincher with an 8-4 victory on court three over Brandon Chiu and Jordan Bohnen.

The bottom half of the Gator singles lineup provided the shutout as Brandi, Dolberg and newcomer Nestor Briceno all came away with victories.

Dolberg remained on court six where he played in UF's last match against Illinois. This time the result was in his favor as he outlasted Scott Denenberg, 7-6 (9), 6-3 to make it a 2-0 Florida lead.

Briceno (ranked 46th) stopped a two match losing skid as he went to 4-2 in dual match play with a 7-6 (2), 6-1 win over Beren to stretch UF's lead to 3-0. Briceno, who was playing on court five for the second time in his career (vs. Florida State) picked up his first win at the position.

Brandi (No. 85 nationally), who made his first appearance of the year on court four, came away with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Shantanu Dhaka. Brandi his team-leading dual match record to 5-0 on the season.

The USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Tournament began in 1973 and is the ITA's longest-running event. On nine occasions, the team that won the USTA/ITA title went on to win the NCAA title in May. There have been four times the USTA/ITA runner-up went on to win the NCAAs.

Florida vs. Harvard


1 Hamid Mirzadeh (FLA) vs. #20 Martin Wetzel (HAR), DNF

2 #64 Vladimir Obradovic (FLA) vs. #24 John Isner (HAR), DNF

3 #47 Greg Ouellette (FLA) vs. Ashwin Kumar (HAR), DNF

4 #85 Chris Brandi (FLA) def. Shantanu Dhaka (HAR), 6-4, 7-5

5 #46 Nestor Briceno (FLA) def. Jason Beren (HAR), 7-6 (2), 6-1

6 Jordan Dolberg (FLA) def. Scott Denenberg (HAR), 7-6 (9), 6-3

Order of Finish - 6, 5, 4


1 Hamid Mirzadeh/Greg Ouellette (FLA) def. No. 31 Jonathan Chu/Ashwin Kumar (HAR), 8-3

2 Vladimir Obradovic/Chris Brandi (FLA) vs. No. 5 Jason Beren/Martin Wetzel (HAR), DNF

3 Jordan Dolberg/Ryan Sherry (FLA) def. Brandon Chiu/Jordan Bohnen (HAR), 8-4

Order of finish: 1, 3

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