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Gators beat Florida State in College MatchDay, 4-1

LAKE NONA, Florida. –For the second time in a week, the Florida Gators (5-1) defeated the Florida State Seminoles (6-2), 4-1, at USTA National Campus for College MatchDay on Saturday night. Heading into that game, the Gators and Seminoles were split 2-2 in College MatchDay competition, before Florida took a 3-2 lead with the win.

Much like last weekend’s contest, Florida State started the game with a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point.

FSU won the match on the first court as Sebastian Arcila and Loris Pourroy were defeated Sam Riffice and Ben Shelton6-3.

alligators Abedallah Shelbayh and Duarte Vale got their revenge on Andreja Petrovic and Youcef Rihane, a duo who beat Shelbayh and Vale last weekend, and leveled the doubles game with a 6-3 win on court two. With the win, Vale moves up to ninth all-time in school history with 82 career doubles wins.

But, just seconds after the victory of the Shelbayh/Vale tandem, will grant and Lucas Greif dropped their match against Maks Silagy and Josh Karpenschif on court three, 4-6, and the Seminoles took a 1-0 lead going into singles play.

Needing four singles wins to clinch the match, Riffice handed the Gators their first point of the competition on court one to tie it at 1-all. The senior captain won in straight sets, winning the first by a score of 6-4, then putting a bagel in the second set, 6-0, to win it.

2 Shelton followed with another victory for Florida about 10 minutes later, taking a 2-1 lead over the Seminoles on court two. Shelton took on Arcila, earning a straight-set victory 6-4, 6-2, to give Florida the lead.

The Gators won 3-1 after a close game on court three, where captain Vale picked up a win over Petrovic. Vale took a 6-3 lead in the first set, before heading into a tiebreaker with the Seminole in the second set. The Gator then won the breaker by a score of 7-6 (4) to earn the team’s third point of the game. This victory also gives him his 98and career singles victory.

Florida only needed one more win to win the game.

Two Alligators, No. 111 Josh Goodger and No. 79 Nate Bonetto, were in three-set battles on courts five and six, respectively. Both lost their first sets, but did not falter. They ended up winning their second set to force a third.

While Goodger and Bonetto were in the third set, No. 107 Andy Andrade was trying to get Richard Thongoana away from the FSU. In their third game against each other this season, tied 1-1 on the year, Andrade won that second game against the Seminole to clinch the game for the Gators.

Andrade took one set 6-4, then fought Thongoana in the second. The Seminole took a 5-4 lead, looking to force a third set, but the Bradenton, Fla. senior wouldn’t let it go. Andrade won the next three games to claim his 118and career singles match and clinch the win for Florida.

The Gators travel to Seattle for the ITA Indoor National Team Championships Feb. 18-21 after qualifying last weekend with a win over the Gainesville-area Seminoles.

1. Sam Riffice (UF) def. Loris Pourroy (FSU), 6-4, 6-0
2. #2 Ben Shelton (UF) def. Sebastien Arcila (FSU), 6-4, 6-2
3. Duarte Vale (UF) def. Andreja Petrovic (FSU), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
4. #107 Andy Andrade (UF) def. Richard Thongoana (FSU), 6-4, 7-5
5. #111 Josh Goodger (UF) v Youcef Rihane (FSU), 3-6, 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
6. #79 Nate Bonetto (UF) v Josh Karpenschif (FSU), 0-6, 7-5, 3-4, unfinished

Finishing order: 1, 2, 3, 4

1. Sebastian Arcila/Loris Pourroy (FSU) def. Sam Riffice/Ben Shelton (UF), 6-3
2. Abedallah Shelbayh/Duarte Vale (UF) def. Andreja Petrovic/Youcef Rihane (FSU), 6-3
3. Josh Karpenschif/Maks Silagy (FSU) def. will grant/Lucas Greif (UF), 6-4

Finishing order: 1, 2, 3

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