JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - North Florida men's tennis earned the program's first-ever No. 3 seed and faces No. 39 Miami in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, May 12.
"We're really excited to be representing UNF athletics in the NCAA tournament," said head coach Matt Lucas. "It's nice that we will be playing close to home so we hopefully have a lot of Ospreys in Gainesville. Our fans can also see the women and get plenty of UNF tennis action. Its great to be recognized for the work that we have put in this season and earning the No. 3 seed. We're excited to battle a Miami team that has been ACC-tested. We're confident in our ability and feel confident that we have taken care of the small details that will enable us to compete at the highest level. SWOOP!"
Florida hosts South Carolina State in the other game of the regional.
This is the second appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Ospreys (13-9) who also went in 2016. It is the first time the Ospreys will play Miami (14-12) in postseason. UNF is 2-4 against the Hurricanes and beat them, 4-2, in the last meeting between the two teams in 2017. Miami has No. 67 Adria Soriano Barrera in the singles lineup, while he ranks No. 22 with Christian Langmo in doubles play. Miami's 14 regular-season victories tied the program's most since the 2014 season. The Hurricanes fell to No. 22 NC State in the first round of the ACC Tournament.
North Florida is led by senior Lasse Muscheites who earned All-ASUN firest team honors and Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades. Classmate Jefta Kecic joined him on the first team, while junior Sahil Deshmukh paces the team with with a 19-12 singles record. Deshmukh is currently on an eight-match win streak and was instrumental in helping UNF grab the ASUN Championship win against Stetson.
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North Florida Draws Miami in First Round of NCAA Tournament