Kevin Anderson and the Illini will be tested against Florida on Tuesday.
March 20, 2006
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The seventh-ranked Illinois men's tennis team (12-3, 3-0) will face another difficult test on Tuesday when it faces 14th-ranked Florida (8-4, 2-2) in Gainesville. The match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET.
The Illini enter the match coming off a 6-1 win over No. 46 Southern California on March 16. It was the Illini's second straight-win over the 2002 NCAA Champions and 16th straight at Atkins Tennis Center.
Illinois is the fifth top-10 opponent the Gators will face, while the Gators are the fifth top-15 opponent for the Illini this season. Most recently, Florida lost a nail bitter to top-ranked Georgia. The match came down to a tiebreaker in the third set on court two before the Bulldogs pulled out a 4-3 victory. The Gators handed the Bulldogs their first doubles point loss this year winning at all three positions.
Florida is 54-3 all-time at Linder Tennis Stadium under head coach Andy Jackson and have won 15 straight at home. The Fighting Illini halted the Gators longest home win streak, 22 consecutive matches, on March 23, 2004.
Like the Illini, the Gators have four players ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Leading the Gators is 39th-ranked sophomore Greg Oullette, 57th-ranked senior Vladimir Obradovic, 68th-ranked sophomore Nestor Briceno and 125th-ranked Stefan Tell. Freshman Ryan Sweeting is ranked No. 72, but he has been suspended for violating team rules.
The next ITA team and individual rankings are released on March 21. Visit itatennis.com for more information.
Following the match with Florida the Illini will spend the rest of their spring break training with professional tennis players at the Nasdaq 100 Open held in Miami beginning March 22.