Kessler earns honor; Fight­mas­ter com­petes at Re­gional

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— The Florida men’s ten­nis team had two dou­bles pairs earn All-Amer­ica hon­ors from the In­ter­col­le­giate Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion on Fri­day with their ad­vance­ment to the NCAA Dou­bles Quar­ter­fi­nals.

The first pair of Ga­tors to ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals was for­mer Cal­houn High stand­out McClain Kessler and Duarte Vale. The duo took on Chris­tian Langmo and Adria So­ri­ano of Mi­ami in the Round of 16 and were in a tight bat­tle from the on­set of the match. Mid­way through the first set Kessler and Vale trailed 4-2 be­fore win­ning three-straight games to take a 5-4 lead. Shortly af­ter get­ting the lead it was once again tied and the set headed to a tiebreak. Kessler and Vale to a quick 5-2 lead in the tiebreak be­fore win­ning the set 7-6. The sec­ond set was sim­i­lar to the first as Kessler and Vale fell be­hind early only to take the lead and even­tu­ally go into yet an­other tiebreak. In the sec­ond set tiebreak, the Ga­tor duo took a 5-3 lead be­fore hold­ing serve two games later and win­ning the tiebreak 7-4 and the set 7-6. With their ad­vance­ment to the quar­ter­fi­nals, the Ga­tor pair each earn their first ca­reer All-Amer­ica hon­ors.

Hav­ing earned All-Amer­ica hon­ors in dou­bles just one sea­son ago, Al­fredo Perez and Jo­hannes Ingild­sen knew what it would take to re­peat those hon­ors. Hav­ing spent most of the sea­son as the No. 1 ranked dou­bles pair in the coun­try the duo was ready to face off against Ole Miss’ Fa­bien Fallert and Tim Sand­kaulen. Early in the first set Perez and Ingild­sen found them­selves trail­ing 2-3 to the pair from Ole Miss. The deficit didn’t last long how­ever as the Ga­tor pair went on to win four straight games to win the first set. With the mo­men­tum on their side, Perez and Ingild­sen kept it rolling in the sec­ond set, on their way to a dom­i­nant 6-1 vic­tory. The win ad­vances the duo to the quar­ter­fi­nals for the sec­ond-straight sea­son.

Perez also com­peted in the sin­gles round of 16 against No. 3 Nuno Borges of Mis­sis­sippi State.

Af­ter drop­ping the first set 7-6 he jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the sec­ond but was un­able to main­tain the lead, fall­ing 7-5 and be­ing elim­i­nated from the sin­gles tour­na­ment, Since he ad­vanced to the round of 16 he did earn sin­gles Al­lAmer­ica hon­ors for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son. — Sam­ford’s and for­mer Cal­houn High stand­out Keyth Fight­mas­ter com­peted in the high jump at the NCAA Out­door Track & Field East Re­gional Satur­day af­ter­noon at the USF Track & Field Sta­dium.

Fight­mas­ter com­peted against some of the top ath­letes in the na­tion at Satur­day’s event.

The com­pe­ti­tion be­gan at the 2.01-me­ter level, but Fight­mas­ter was un­able to ad­vance to the sec­ond level.

This marks the sec­ond­straight year Fight­mas­ter has com­peted in the NCAA East Re­gional. Last sea­son, he ad­vanced to the NCAA Cham­pi­onship with his per­for­mance at the re­gional event.

Fight­mas­ter was the last of seven Sam­ford stu­den­tath­letes to com­pete at this year’s NCAA East Re­gional. Se­niors Tray Oates (pole vault) and Arsène Guil­lorel (10,000me­ter run) both qual­i­fied for the NCAA Cham­pi­onships, to be held in Eu­gene, Ore­gon, June 6-9.

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