Gators Survive Tennessee in NCAA Super Regional
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – This scenario should sound familiar: up 3-1 against Tennessee at home and needing one more to clinch.
This time though, Florida clinched the match, 4-2, and went from sweet to elite.
The Gators advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals and will meet the Baylor Bears on Thursday at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla. The time for this match will be announced at the conclusion of the super regional matches.
After going up 3-1, Florida got the crowd’s heart racing as the final three matches still in play were in a third set. Oliver Crawford went down with an injury and had to take a medical point, but continued to battle Timo Stodder on Court 1. Then on Court 6, Lukas Greif also went down and also had to take a medical point and tried to play through the pain, but his loss cut the Gators’ lead to 1.
The fate of the match seemed to be in the hands of Duarte Vale, who had dropped the first set, but forced a third. After going down 4-3, having match point at 5-4, dropping two games and going down again, 6-5, tied the match and sent it to tiebreak.