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Seminoles, Gators reach round of 16 in men's tennis

The Florida State men's tennis team defeated visiting South Alabama 4-3 to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Florida also won its second-round match Sunday, beating visiting Miami 4-1.

Freshman Clint Bowles clinched the match for the Seminoles (21-6), defeating Robert Hodel 7-5, 5-7, 6-1.

"We are at the stage … that we are top 10 in the country and I feel like something's missing if we don't make it to the final site," FSU coach Dwayne Hultquist said.

In Gainesville, Nestor Briceno and Jeff Dadamo won in singles and doubles for UF (17-7). David Rosenfeld was the lone winner for the 'Canes (17-8).

The NCAA's final four rounds are in Tulsa, Okla., starting Friday. Florida, the No. 10 seed, faces No. 7 Texas. No. 14 FSU plays No. 3 UCLA.

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Florida is the NCAA's top overall seed and USF and UCF will play in Gainesville for the double-elimination region round. The Gators (62-2), the SEC champions, face Georgia Tech on Friday, and USF (44-18), which earned an at-large bid, faces Conference USA champion UCF (46-18).

FSU (37-26) also earned an at-large bid and opens against Jacksonville State in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where No. 3 seed Alabama hosts starting Thursday.

REPORT OF MAYO BENEFITS: A former associate of USC's O.J. Mayo claims the basketball star got thousands of dollars in cash and gifts from an event promoter over four years, ESPN reported. Louis Johnson told Outside the Lines that Rodney Guillory, a Los Angeles-based event promoter, gave Mayo about $30,000 and other benefits in high school and during Mayo's sole season at USC. The guard has decided to enter the NBA draft.

USF WOMEN: The Bulls landed commitments from three junior college guards — Janae Stokes and Alexis Givands, who won a national title together at Gulf Coast Community College, and Allyson Speed of Central Florida CC. USF is expected to announce formal signings this week.

BASEBALL: St. Petersburg College was eliminated from the national junior college Region 8 tourney, losing 16-4 to Miami-Dade in Winter Haven. Drew Poulk and Chase Larsson had two hits apiece for SPC (37-19).

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

Seminoles, Gators reach round of 16 in men's tennis 05/11/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:55pm]
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