Tampa Bay Sports Day

TENNIS: Gators Win Fifth SEC Men’s Title Over Bulldogs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The No. 11 University of Florida tennis team brought home the program’s fifth Southeastern Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon with a 4-2 win over the Georgia Bulldogs. The conference title marks Florida Head Coach Bryan Shelton’s first SEC Tournament Championship.

Outlasting the regular season champions, Georgia, the Gators are the first SEC team to take down the Bulldogs in a head-to-head dual match this season.

In doubles action, the pairing of juniors Maxx Lipman and Elliot Orkin scored a 6-3 win over Georgia’s Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski to get things started. Chase Perez-Blanco and Alfredo Perez followed up with a 6-4 win over the UGA’s Wayne Montgomery and Emil Reinberg — sealing the doubles point and a 1-0 lead.

The Gators are now 15-4 when clinching the doubles point.
It wasn’t easy, but the Gators got it done again in singles play. With the score at 3-2, Florida, senior Gordon Watson brought home the match-clinching win on a three-set victory over Georgia’s Nick Wood.

Earlier in singles play, Perez came through to open things up with 6-3 wins in straight sets to take down the Bulldog’s Wayne Montgomery. Chase Perez-Blanco earned UF’s third point with a 6-2 and 7-6 wins over Georgia’s Walker Duncan. Watson’s final point sealed the 4-2 victory.

The Gators will return to action at the 2016 NCAA Tennis Tournament, scheduled from May 13-25.