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UF falls to Stanford in men's tennis semi

Perennial champion Stanford advanced to the finals of the NCAA men's tennis championships Monday, eliminating Florida 4-0.

Unseeded Virginia Commonwealth knocked off another Southeastern Conference school, Tennessee, 4-3.

Florida relied on its doubles and a strong 1-2 punch with the nation's top-ranked player Jeff Morrison at No. 1 singles and 10th-ranked Justin O'Neal at No. 2. But Stanford won the doubles, and Cardinal ace Alex Kim, ranked seventh, defeated Morrison 6-3, 7-5, ending a 14-match win streak.

Though Florida (28-4) forced a third set in five of six singles matches, the Gators could not score. Stanford's K.J. Hippensteel won at No. 3, and Scotty Scott clinched the match at No. 5 with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Dylan Mann.

"Stanford played better and you have to give them a great deal of credit," Florida coach Ian Duvenhage said. "I am proud of our team for fighting back in singles. We just came up short."

VCU (27-4) never had advanced beyond the round of 16. Stanford (27-1) has won 16 team championships, including 12 of the last 15.

Tennessee led 3-2 when Paul Podbury at No. 4 singles and Peter Handoyo at No. 3 were forced to default within minutes of each other, giving VCU the win.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Whitney Laiho, Stephanie Hazlett and Jessica Lehnhoff of Florida won at the NCAA singles championships at Malibu, Calif. Hazlett upset the No. 3 seed, Adria Engel of Wake Forest. UF's Baili Camino and Florida State's Alida Gallovits were eliminated.

AUBURN: Coach Tommy Tuberville suspended wide receiver Deandre Green, 19, and sophomore defensive back Brandon Reed, 20, both arrested last week on charges of firing a gun on campus during a fraternity event attended by about 300 people.

FLORIDA GULF COAST: Carl McAloose, commissioner of the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the past three years, has resigned to become director of athletics at the school in Fort Myers, which plans to start an NCAA Division II athletics program.

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