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Gators Men’s Tennis sweeps Jaguars to advance in NCAA Tournament

Florida improved to 11-0 at home this season
The Gators Men's Tennis team huddle up before their match with South Alabama on Saturday.
The Gators Men's Tennis team huddle up before their match with South Alabama on Saturday.(WCJB)
Updated: May. 8, 2021 at 7:31 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The one-seed Florida Men’s Tennis team opened their quest for a National Championship with an easy 4-0 win at home against South Alabama on Saturday.

The Gators entered the opening round match of the NCAA Tournament as a heavy favorite to defeat the Jaguars. And they handled that pressure well.

Florida quickly asserted its dominance by winning 2-3 doubles matches to take a quick 2-0 lead. The number two and three doubles teams for the orange and blue both defeated their opponents 6-2.

In singles, Duarte Vale, Sam Riffice, and Andy Andrade closed out the contest by winning in straight sets. Vale bageled his opponent 6-0, 6-0.

Florida improved to 11-0 at home this season and 56-5 in Gainesville since 2017.

The Gators will have a quick turnaround as they prepare to play the University of South Florida Sunday at 2 p.m.

USF defeated Duke to advance to the second round of play.

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