Men’s tennis defeats Baylor to claim first national championship
Florida wins first national title in first title appearance
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The Florida Men’s Tennis team made history late Saturday night, when they took down Baylor in the NCAA Men’s National Championship to collect their first title as a program.
In their first appearance at a national championship, the Gators lost the doubles point to the Bears to trail 1-0. But despite the early hole, the orange and blue knew the singles matches is where they’d ultimately gotten the better of their opponents this season.
Sam Riffice in the number 2 singles position, and Andy Andrade at number 3 each won their opening set 7-6 before finishing off their opponents in the second set to push Florida ahead 2-1.
Not long after that, Josh Goodger claimed the third consecutive point for Florida after taking down the number 6 singles match in straight sets.
And as Hollywood as it sounds, Ben Shelton, son of Head Coach Brian Shelton, clinched the match for Florida by defeating his opponent in a three set thriller, 3-6, 6-1,6-2.
Each season under Shelton, the Gators took another step closer to getting to this moment, and finally realizing it was just a matter of time.
Florida will now stay in Orlando to begin play in the NCAA Individual Championships.
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