UNCW Press Release
GAINESVILLE, Florida – No. 14 Florida captured the doubles point and added three singles victories to blank 44th-ranked UNCW, 4-0, in an opening round match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Saturday at UF's Ring Tennis Complex.
The Gators moved to 2-0 on the young season with the victory, while the Seahawks now stand 1-1. UNCW will face either No. 35 Florida State Sunday at Noon in a consolation match of the regional. The Seminoles dropped a narrow 4-3 decision to the Horned Frogs for their first loss in nine matches this spring.
"We got off to a good start and had a lot of opportunities in doubles," said seventh-year UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. "We had match point at No. 2 and a lot of opportunities on the other court. To Florida's credit, they really handled the big moments of the match well and seemed to get all the tight sets today. I feel we made some major strides forward since last weekend and we will look to take another stride forward tomorrow against Florida State."
In Saturday's action, UF jumped on top early by winning the first two matches off the court in doubles. Mike Alford and Stephane Piro whipped UNCW's Santtu Leskinen and Sam Williams, 6-3, in just 31 minutes at No.1 doubles to be the first off the court and the No. 3 team of Spencer Newman and Diego Hildago toped Zach Hublitz and Christiaan Van der Burgh, 6-3, to clinch the point.
The Gators pushed the score to 2-0 when Piro, ranked 28th, cruised past senior Pedro Mol, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. Maxx Lipman then routed Christiaan Van der Burgh, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 6 slot for a 3-0 margin.
Gordon Watson, ranked No. 111, then clinched the match by trimming junior Zach Hublitz, 6-3, 6-1.
The Seahawks were shorthanded in Saturday's match, playing without star player Rafael Aita, who is competing on Peru's team in the Davis Cup.