NCAA Mens Tennis

No. 17 Florida Travels to Face UCF on Saturday

No. 17 Florida Travels to Face UCF on Saturday

ORLANDO, Fla. – The No. 17 Florida men’s tennis team looks to earn their first win, as they hit the road to face in-state foe UCF on Saturday night. The Gators (0-1, 0-0 SEC) will meet the Knights (0-0, 0-0 AAC) at 5 p.m. in UCF’s spring season opener in Orlando at the USTA National Campus.
Florida last visited Orlando in 2020 and defeated the Knights 7-0. Florida owns the all-time record at UCF 2-0 and the overall series 21-0.
Last weekend, Florida opened its spring slate against No. 8 Texas as the only Top-15 matchup in the first two weeks of college tennis. Despite the 2-5 loss, the Gators battled all the way through and showed plenty of promise to come. Will Grant, who played above No. 6 in singles for the first time in his career, beat Texas’ No. 30 Micah Braswell in straights, 6-3, 7-6 (5) to give Florida their first point of the season. In Jonah Braswell’s first dual match of his career, the freshman debuted at No. 3 against Pierre-Yves Bailly where he was up 6-2, 6-7 (4), 3-1 before Bailly retired.
In doubles, No. 10 Tanapatt Nirundorn and Togan Tokac were up 5-4 on serve versus Chih Chi Huang and Eshan Talluri before the match was left unfinished.
No. 10 Tanapatt Nirundorn/Togan Tokac
No. 37 Nate Bonetto/Axel Nefve
No. 43 Jonah Braswell/Lukas Greif
No. 51 Nate Bonetto
No. 93 Jonah Braswell
UCF (0-0, 0-0 AAC) | 2022: 8-15, 2-3 AAC
This match will start UCF’s spring season and the Knights return four players from 2022, while debuting seven freshmen for their first dual match. The Knights traveled to Gainesville for the Gator Fall Invite in November. Florida went 1-1 in doubles and 2-0 in singles.
In doubles, Nirundorn/Tokac played two separate pairs of Knights, as the Florida duo defeated Lucas Hotze/Quinn Snyder, 8-4, but lost to then-No. 26 Leyton Cronje/Bogdan Pavel, 4-8.
Both singles matches were won by the Gators in straight sets. Braswell beat Lucas Hotze, 6-3, 6-0 and Axel Nefve won 6-1, 6-1 over Emilio Sanchez.
No. 28 Leyton Cronje/Bogdan Pavel


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