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Gators Men’s Tennis Hosts LSU and Vanderbilt

The No. 1 Florida Gators are set to host two South Eastern Conference match ups this weekend at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex. They will face off against the LSU Tigers on Friday and the Vanderbilt Commodores on Sunday.

Florida Gators

The Gators rose back to No. 1 in the ITA rankings after falling to the second place spot last week.

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The team currently has a 10-match win streak with their last loss being against No. 14 Texas, 3-4, in middle February.

Last week, the Gators beat Arkansas, 6-1, for their seventh conference win of the season. Five out of six singles matches were won, along with the doubles point.

Sophomore Ben Shelton currently sits at the No. 1 player spot in the country. He’s 25-3 in singles this season, 13-8 in doubles and won the title of SEC Player of the week twice in the month of March.

Senior Sam Riffice follows Shelton as the next best ranked player on the team at No. 26 overall. Riffice is the raining NCAA Singles Champion and is 12-4 in singles this season and 9-6 in doubles.

Andy Andrade (No. 93), Duarte Vale (No. 98), Josh Goodger (No. 120) and Mattias Siimar (No.121) are the four other Florida players who earned a spot in the most recent ITA rankings.

Riffice and Shelton are ranked at No. 11 in doubles, joining the team of Andrade and Siimar (No. 27) and Abedallah Shelbayh and Siimar (No. 47).

The Gators are currently undefeated at home and look to stay that way moving into the weekend.

LSU Tigers

The No. 38 LSU Tigers are 13-6 overall and 3-4 in conference play. Their last match was a victory over unranked Acorn State, 7-0.

Ronald Hohmann is the highest and only ranked Tiger at No. 23. He is 11-7 in singles this season and 6-10 in doubles.

The Gators lead the all-time series against the Tigers, 35-28-1. During the two teams last meeting, LSU fell to Florida 7-0.

The match will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Vanderbilt Commodores

The No. 41 Vanderbilt Commodores are 14-6 overall this season and 2-5 in conference play. Last weekend the Commodores beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 4-3.

Fifth-year senior George Harwell is ranked No. 44 nationally and has a 19-10 singles record.

The Commodores trail the Gators in the all-time series record, 46-10-1. The last time the two team met in April of 2021, Florida beat Vanderbilt 4-3.

The Commodores will take on the Gators Sunday at 1 p.m.

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