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UF Men’s Tennis: Greif Named SEC Player of the Week

Sophomore Lukas Greif (above) rides a five-match win streak, currently ranked No. 108 in the nation in singles.

Photo by Tim Casey

Press release from UF Athletic Association

The Southeastern Conference announced its weekly honors, as sophomore Lukas Greif notches his first Player of the Week nod.

The Southeastern Conference announced its weekly men’s tennis honors, as sophomore Lukas Greif was named the SEC Player of the Week after UF’s comeback victory over then-No. 6 Wake Forest on Sunday (Feb. 16) at ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis.

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The nod serves as Greif’s first career SEC Player of the Week honor.

Greif, a native of Newburgh, Ind., was crucial to the Gators’ success on Sunday, as his win in No. 6 singles against the Demon Deacons helped UF conclude ITA National Team Indoors with a 2-1 record, including a quarterfinals appearance, for the first time since 2010. Additionally, the victory served as UF’s second top-10 win of the year (No. 9 Columbia).

Greif, then-ranked No. 90 in the nation, picked up a top-100 win over Wake Forest’s No. 100 Siddhant Banthia in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, to push a 3-1 advantage just after taking the lead in singles to fuel Florida’s 4-1 comeback victory.

The win extends a five-match win streak on the year for the sophomore, as three of his past five wins have come from the No. 6 position – in which he is undefeated on the year (3-0). Greif also holds a trio of wins from the No. 5 position, as he sits at 6-2 overall on the season thus far.

The Gators return to action next Friday, Feb. 28, as Florida will begin conference play in hosting No. 48 Alabama to the Alfred A. Ring Complex for a 5 p.m. match.