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Antonya English

Men's Tennis Rallies For Win Over FSU

Heading into this weekend's NCAA tennis championships, UF coach Andy Jackson's biggest concern was that his Gators would be so pumped up about a potential mathcup against Florida State that the would overlook first round opponent Georgia Tech.

On Saturday, the Gators got that coveted matchup and it was all they had anticipated with a result they had hoped for.

Trailing 3-0, the No. 19 Florida men earned wins on each of the remaining to courts to rally to a 4-3 victory over No. 16 Florida State in the NCAA championships second round Saturday in Tallahassee.

The win marked the third time in the last five years that UF (15-7) ended FSU's (17-10) run in the NCAA tournament. With the victory, UF advanced to the final site of the NCAA Championship for the sixth-straight season and the 14th time in the last 17 years.

"We fought hard and so did they," said UF head coach Andy Jackson. "We barely got this one today and it could have gone either way. Now we are on to Athens for the Round of 16. Honestly, when we feel behind 3-0, I knew we were still in it. I thought if we kept our nerve and kept pushing, good things might happen. We've been in the same situation a few times this season, but this is by far the biggest."

The match came down to the No. 5 court between UF's Jordan Dolberg and FSU's Maciek Sykut. Dolberg dropped the first set, 4-6, before coming back to take the next two 6-3, 6-2, to clinch the team victory.

"It is what you play for," Dolberg said. "I knew it was coming down to me and I was confident that if I kept fighting we'd get the victory. We are riding high right now and the team is excited. We're ready to go to

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:16pm]

    

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