March 21, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The men's tennis team (12-5, 3-2 SEC) will take on the 18th-ranked Florida Gators (8-6, 2-2 SEC) and South Carolina Gamecocks (11-7, 1-3 SEC) this weekend at The University of Alabama Tennis Stadium. Friday's match against the Gators will begin at 3 p.m. CT while Sunday's match versus the Gamecocks is slated for 1 p.m. CT.
Fresh off its victory over Auburn, the Crimson Tide got one step closer to cracking the top 25, as Alabama currently stands at No. 26 after starting the season 47th. The men have now won three Southeastern Conference matches in a row with victories over Arkansas, LSU, and Auburn. Freshman Becker O'Shaughnessey clinched the Tide's win over the Tigers for his sixth straight singles victory, which is the longest streak on the team. Alabama currently has two players ranked nationally in singles in senior Jarryd Botha (No. 58) and O'Shaughnessey (No. 79). The Tide also has its top two doubles teams ranked nationally, with the duos of David Vieyra and Botha, as well as Daniil Proskura and O'Shaughnessey at No. 72 and No. 75, respectively.
Florida is coming off a 4-3 win over No. 6 Tennessee, which ended the Gators' two-match losing skid. Two of Florida's singles players are ranked nationally in junior Florent Diep (No. 75) and senior Bob van Overbeek (No. 123). Additionally, the Gators boast the No. 57 doubles team in the nation in junior Stephane Piro and van Overbeek.
South Carolina has dropped its last two SEC matches, with losses at No. 6 Tennessee and No. 5 Georgia last weekend. The Gamecocks' lone conference victory came in 4-3 fashion to the Gators on March 8. South Carolina has one player ranked nationally in singles with junior Tsvetan Mihov coming in at No. 106 and one team ranked nationally in doubles with junior Chip Cox and Mihov standing at the No. 50 spot.
The Tide lost both of its meetings last year against the Gators and Gamecocks; however, Alabama holds the advantage over South Carolina in the all-time series, 20-14, while Florida leads the Tide, 32-17.
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