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Posted on February 24, 2009

Florida Women Upset by North Carolina
The No. 7-ranked University of Florida women were upset in early February during a visit to No. 17 North Carolina at the Cone-Kenfield Indoor Tennis Center. North Carolina edged the Gators 4-3 on the strength of extended doubles play, improving their spring record to 6-0.

North Carolina won the No. 3 doubles before Florida won a 30-point tiebreak at No. 2 doubles to even things, then NC won at the No. 2 spot as the Gators' Jessica Alexander and Anastasia Revzina fell 9-7.

"We started off way too slow in both singles and doubles," said UF head coach Roland Thornqvist. "I'm proud of the team for fighting back to give us a chance. We had the lead at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to win the point, but we just didn't close them out. We also gave ourselves a chance in singles with making a comeback. We had some individual terrific performances today, but overall I think we can come to the conclusion that we need more of these tough matches."

No. 40-ranked USF Stuns No. 11 FSU
The University of South Florida men's opening match of the season was a stunner when the Bulls surprised in-state rival and No. 11-ranked Florida State 5-2.

USF senior Mahmoud Hamed and freshman Yannick Yoshizawa claimed the first win at No. 3 doubles, then sophomore Romain Deridder and freshman Wael Kiliani clinched the doubles point for the Bulls. In singles Hamed also claimed his point as the Seminoles were shutout 4-1 before singles play was completed.


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