What a weekend it was for Florida athletics! The past few days have given the Gators both the highs and the lows in competition as the men’s tennis team earned its first-ever national title while the baseball team dragged its feet on the way out of the regular season. Meanwhile, softball stayed alive but lacrosse stumbled in the postseason. Then, of course, the women’s tennis singles and doubles championships are in full swing this week as well. So let us not waste any more time — here is the latest from the Gator Nation.
https://twitter.com/GatorsMTN/status/1396318340684173312 The top-seeded men's tennis team emerged victorious from its NCAA Tournament run on Saturday night — technically Sunday morning EDT — with its first-ever national title after defeating the Baylor Bears, 4-1. The Gators swept the Texas Longhorns on Friday to reach the finals and finished off the season in style. Andy Andrade, Sam Riffice, Duarte Vale, Will Grant and Johannes Ingildsen were all selected to participate in the 2021 NCAA Men's Tennis Individual Championships from Sunday until Friday. Andrade, Riffice and Vale advanced on Sunday to the Round of 32 and will play again today.
https://twitter.com/GatorsBB/status/1396219753979473922 The No. 9 baseball team ended its regular season on a sour note, getting swept by the top-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks on the road to finish the schedule on a four-game losing skid. After dropping Thursday night's game, the Gators dropped Friday's game, 4-3, in walk-off fashion while a monster seventh inning from the Hogs doomed Florida in the final game, resulting in a 9-3 loss. Next up is the Southeastern Conference Tournament, which starts on Tuesday morning bright and early at 10:30 a.m. EDT.
https://twitter.com/GatorsSB/status/1396536933010972673 The No. 4 softball squad kept its postseason hopes alive this weekend with a 10-0 win over the South Alabama Jaguars on Saturday and an 8-0 win over the South Florida Bulls on Sunday to advance to the Super Regionals. Florida next faces its rivals the Georgia Bulldogs in a three-game series from May 28-30 in Gainesville, Florida.
https://twitter.com/GatorsLAX/status/1396196946600206341 The No. 6 seed lacrosse team's season came to an end on Saturday at the hands of the No. 3 seed Syracuse Orange, who beat them in NCAA Tournament Elite 8 by a score of 17-11. It was a great season for the Gators but they came up short against a better team in the end.
https://twitter.com/GatorsWTN/status/1396805684088524800 Last, but certainly not least, the women's tennis team kicked off the NCAA Singles Championship yesterday with a win from senior McCartney Kessler, who advanced to the Round of 32 with the victory. The NCAA Doubles Championship starts Monday, in which she and her teammate Marlee Zein will face off against the Louisville Cardinals' double team starting at 3 p.m. EDT. But before that, Kessler will face Kelly Chen of the Duke Blue Devils at 10 a.m. EDT. The live stream can be found here.
Around the Swamp
Tim Tebow faces an uphill battle in Jacksonville according to ex-Jags tight end: The decision to sign Tebow has obviously been a polarizing one.
Florida basketball set to face USF in 2021 Orange Bowl Classic: Florida has won six of the last seven meetings and has a firm grip on the all-time series.
Mel Kiper critical of Tim Tebow's addition to Jacksonville Jaguars: Kiper Jr. wished he became serious about the position 11 years ago.
This Gator is one of 100 true freshmen expected to impact the 2021 college football season: Here is his ranking for Marshall and what he had to say about Florida’s newest star talent.
Here's where Tre Mann lands in ESPN's latest NBA mock draft: Where exactly will Mann land? There’s not exactly a clear consensus.
Trinity Thomas won't try to make Team USA for Tokyo Olympics: The sprain she endured hindered her through the conclusion of Florida’s 2021 season.
This high-profile JUCO cornerback transfer commits to the Gators: The Gators’ new defensive back has a 6-foot-2-inch frame and weighs 185 pounds.
Two Gators land within 247Sports' top 100 impactful football transfers: 247Sports published a ranking of the 100 most impactful transfers on Thursday.
Gators land in identical spots in latest college basketball transfer rankings: If nothing else, the sheer number of Florida players listed here shows that the team will look a lot different in 2021-22.
Here's where Dan Mullen landed in CBS Sports' coach power rankings: Mullen has proven during his short Florida tenure that he’s among the best coaches in the SEC not named Nick Saban.
Gators' coaching staff happy with how the defensive line is shaping up: Experience was a key factor in selecting the tackles who would join the Orange and Blue defensive line.
These are the Gators' commits from the 2022 class before recruiting re-opens: This foundation for their 2022 recruiting class doesn’t constitute their top players, but they’re the ones who got early attention from the team.
It's great to be a Florida Gator!
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