It’s not supposed to be this easy.
Don’t tell that to the No. 4 Gators, who came out aggressive on Thursday and never let up. They defeated No. 6 Baylor 4-0 in Orlando to advance to the Final Four of the men’s NCAA tennis tournament.
“We've got guys playing well all over the place,” coach Bryan Shelton said in a release. “It's not just one guy, but it's across the board. I think it was just a great team win."
Florida jumped out to an early advantage by sweeping doubles play. Florida’s Johannes Ingildsen and McClain Kessler defeated the No. 1 duo in the country, Jimmy Bendeck and Sven Lah, 7-5. Oliver Crawford and Alfredo Perez beat Will Little and Matias Soto 6-4 to put the Gators up 1-0 in the match.
Singles play was a similar story.
Florida breezed past Baylor with wins on Courts 2, 5 and 6 to clinch the victory. Those wins came courtesy of Kessler, No. 54 Sam Riffice and No. 59 Andy Andrade.
The Gators will face Texas in the semifinal on Saturday at noon with a spot in the program’s first ever national championship game on the line.
“I feel like our tanks are full right now,” Shelton said. “This is the time.”
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