Unseeded USF sophomore Roberto Cid continues cutting an unprecedented swath — topspin included — through the NCAA men's tennis singles bracket.
The reigning American Athletic Conference player of the year, Cid (24-5) earned a 6-2, 7-5 victory Friday against Oklahoma's Dane Webb to advance to the Round of Eight in Athens, Ga. The day before, he defeated Drake's Alen Salibasic in straight sets to reach the final 16 and automatically become USF's first men's tennis All-American.
The nation's 47th-ranked player, Cid faces 28th-ranked Alex Sarkissian of Pepperdine today. The two met March 15 with Cid leading 5-4 in the third set before the match was called.
Cid stunned the 64-player tournament's top seed, UCLA's Clay Thompson, in straight sets in the opening round.
UF men: Senior Florent Diep also advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 win over Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin. Diep, ranked No. 51, faces Harvard's 39th-ranked Denis Nguyen today. Diep earned All-America honors with his Round of 16 win Thursday. "That's huge. I'll have my picture on the wall now, and it means a lot to me. I'm only the 22nd All-American for Florida, so I'm really, really proud of it. I'm just so proud of that," he said.
Two wins send FSU to softball World Series
TALLAHASSEE — Courtney Senas hit a two-out, two-run, walkoff homer in the seventh, giving Florida State a 4-2 victory over Michigan and sending the Seminoles to the World Series May 29-June 4 in Oklahoma City. Earlier in the day, FSU, which lost to Michigan 17-3 Thursday, staved off elimination by hitting four homers, including a two-run shot in a five-run fifth by Palm Harbor University's Maddie O'Brien, to beat the Wolverines 6-0. "We are extremely elated to be going to Oklahoma City," coach Lonni Alameda said. "This has been a vision of ours since day one. I don't think you could draw it up any better than that. That was a lot of fun."
ACC tournament: Maryland scored four runs in the third inning to beat Florida State 5-3 in Greensboro, N.C. "Just very impressed with the University of Maryland. I felt their starter (freshman Mike Shawaryn) pitched another beautiful game … and it's kind of like I told John (Szefc), their head coach, I wished him good luck and told him I hoped I didn't see him again until Omaha (at the College World Series)," Seminoles coach Mike Martin said. Top seed Miami plays No 4 Duke at 11 a.m. today. No. 2 FSU (42-15) meets No. 3 Virginia at 7 p.m.
SEC tournament: Harrison Bader had three hits, Peter Alonso (Plant High) drove in two and Braden Mattson tripled and walked twice as Florida eliminated Mississippi State 5-1 in Hoover, Ala.. The top-seeded Gators (39-20) play No. 9 Kentucky in the second semifinal game this afternoon. Seventh-seeded Arkansas ousted No. 2 Mississippi 8-7. Arkansas faces third-seeded LSU in today's first semifinal at 1 p.m.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.