The Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team fell to its second straight nationally-ranked opponent. This time the Owls were shut out 7-0 by No. 11 ranked University of Florida on Saturday in Gainesville.
FAU dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 21 ranked University of Miami on January 21. The Owls stand 1-2 on the season. The Gators improve to 4-1 during the dual spring season. Florida entered the match after earning one of the 16 berths in the NCAA National Indoor Championships.
Three of the six singles matches went three sets.
Senior Lawrence Harradine fought back in the No. 2 singles position to force a deciding third set after dropping the opening frame. The Barcelona, Spain native fell by a score of 6-4 in the third set.
Junior Ervin Garibovic won the first set at No. 3 singles 6-3 but could not continue the momentum and fell 6-4 in the second set and 10-1 in the third set tiebreaker.
Freshman Matthew Braunworth rallied to force a third set tiebreaker to round out the Owls singles rotation by capturing the second set 6-3. The Boca Raton native fell 10-6 in the tiebreaker. Braunworth stands 3-1 on the season.
Junior Marc Abdelnour dropped a couple of matches to nationally-ranked competition. He fell in straight sets to Alexandre Lacroix, the number seven ranked player in the nation. Then he teamed with Harradine to fall 8-6 to anchor FAU's doubles lineup to the Gators duo of Antoine Benneteau and Lacroix, the 10th ranked doubles team in the country.
The Owls will have a quick turnaround as they battle the University of North Florida on Sunday, February 7 in Jacksonville at 10 a.m.