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Gators Sweep Texas, Advance to National Championship

Gators Sweep Texas, Advance to National Championship

May 22, 2021
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Freshman Ben Shelton and his father, Gators head coach Bryan Shelton, celebrate after Ben’s victory over Chih Chi Huang of Texas on Friday night in the NCAA semifinals. (Photo: Manuela Davies/USTA) ORLANDO, Fla. – The Gators men’s tennis team is going where no team in program history has gone. […]

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Gators Sweep Texas, Advance to National Championship
Freshman Ben Shelton and his father, Gators head coach Bryan Shelton, celebrate after Ben's victory over Chih Chi Huang of Texas on Friday night in the NCAA semifinals. (Photo: Manuela Davies/USTA)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Gators men's tennis team is going where no team in program history has gone.

To the national championship.

The No. 1-seed Gators beat No. 4 Texas, 4-0, on Friday night in the national semifinals, avenging a loss to the Longhorns in the Final Four two years ago. Texas went on to win the national title. The Gators hope to do the same Saturday when they face No. 2 Baylor, which defeated Tennessee in Friday's first national semifinal match at the USTA National Campus.

"It's special. I think we have a really special team," UF coach said. "Everyone has worked so hard to put us in this position. Now, to get past Texas finally and to make it into the finals, it's pretty special. Certainly realize that. But we're not done yet.

"We think we have the opportunity to do something [Saturday] that is really special."

It all comes down to this... pic.twitter.com/4qyj5hIe1k

— ITA (@ITA_Tennis) May 22, 2021

The Gators (25-2) were hot from the start on Friday, winning the doubles point. In singles, freshman was the first UF player to win, defeating Chih Chi Huang 6-3, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.

Florida's next victory came at No. 4 singles when defeated Texas' Cleeve Harper 6-1, 7-5. With anticipation building toward a Gators victory, both and had match points that the Longhorns survived.

However, Andrade rebounded quickly in the next game to defeat Siem Woldeab at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 7-5 to send the Gators into the national title match on Saturday night.

For Andrade, it was his third time in the NCAA Tournament that he has clinched a win for the Gators.

"Right now I'm playing with a lot of confidence,'' Andrade said. "I have so much trust in our guys. It feels great. But it's not done for us yet. We know what it's going to take for us to win. We can be happy right now and celebrate a little bit, but tomorrow morning is a new day, and we're going to play for the biggest win of our lives."

DOUBLES RESULTS: 3, 2
1. / (UF) vs. Eliot Spizzirri/Siem Woldeab (TEX) 5-5 *unfinished*
2. / (UF) vs. Cleeve Harper/Chih Chi Huang (TEX) 6-4
3. / (UF) def. Micah Braswell/Payton Holden (TEX) 6-2

SINGLES RESULTS: 5, 4, 3
1. (UF) vs. Eliot Spizzirri (TEX) 6-4, 5-6 *unfinished*
2. (UF) vs. Micah Braswell (TEX) 6-7, 2-3 *unfinished*
3. (UF) vs. Siem Woldeab (TEX) 6-3, 7-5
4. (UF) vs. Cleeve Harper (TEX) 6-1, 7-5
5. (UF) def. Chih Chi Huang (TEX) 6-3, 6-0
6. (UF) vs. Evin McDonald (TEX) 2-6, 6-4, 3-4 *unfinished*

NOTABLES

  • This is Florida's fourth time in the Final Four (2000, 2005,2019, 2021) and the second time under Bryan Shelton.
    • The Gators have made the Final Four for the second straight NCAA Tournament
  • UF advanced for the first time to the final of the NCAA Tournament (1-3 in the Final Four).
  • Since 2017, Florida has improved its NCAA Tournament finish each year.
    • 2017: Round of 16
    • 2018: Elite Eight
    • 2019: Final Four
    • 2020: No Tournament (COVID)
    • 2021: NCAA Championship

2021 NCAA MEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT FINAL
Opponent: Baylor Bears (No. 2 seed)
Date/Time: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: USTA National Campus
TV: https://tennischannel.com/watchnow
Live Stats: http://scores.tennisticker.de/usa/ustanc/conf/league/sb.html?tournid=797&clubid=251-552&cn1=Florida&cn2=Baylor&ci1=251&ci2=552&lid=82
Tickets: https://am.ticketmaster.com/ucf/tennis#/
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