No. 26 Alabama dropped its home match against No. 2 Florida, 7-0, on Friday night at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide moves to 13-9 overall and 3-7 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Gators improve to a perfect 10-0 in SEC action and 18-2 overall.
In doubles action, the Gators went up first after winning on court two. The Tide responded with a 6-3 victory on court one with the No. 28 doubles duo in the country in senior Mazen Osama and sophomore Patrick Kaukovalta defeating McClain Kessler and Johannes Ingildsen, 6-3. UF took the 1-0 advantage after putting away the match on court three, 6-3.
Florida continued to put the pressure on UA after picking up two singles victories on courts four and two. The Gators clinched the match following a 6-3, 6-3, result at the No. 6 spot. With the match already clinched, the two teams played out the remaining matches. Osama, Kaukovalta and junior Zhe Zhou all battled in their respective third-set tiebreakers before falling.
Next up, Alabama will host No. 18 South Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. Admission is free to all fans along with a free cookout provided by the Crimson Racket Club.