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Wednesday April 29, 2009Four Gators Earn Spots in NCAA W-Tennis Individual Championships


The University of Florida’s Jessica Alexander, Marrit Boonstra, Joanna Mather and Anastasia Revzina were selected to compete in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships, the NCAA Tennis Subcommittee announced Wednesday.


Boonstra and Revzina earned spots in the 64-player singles draw as well as in the 32-team doubles field, where Boonstra pairs with Mather and Revzina joins Alexander on the court for the six-day event that gets underway May 20 at Texas A&M University’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, immediately following the conclusion of the team championship.


“These four have put their heart and soul into playing their best tennis every day to help the Gators win as a team. They’ve pushed each other and played under great pressure each time they’ve stepped onto the court because they’ve wanted to make Florida the best it could be,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “They have been so unselfish and this is a great reward for all their individual hard work. I couldn’t be more proud of them and am thrilled that they were selected to play in the individual tournament.”


Boonstra, the nation’s eighth-ranked singles player, is making her debut in the singles portion of the NCAA’s individual tournament. She competed in the NCAA Doubles Championships last year, earning All-America honors. The Gator junior boasts a team-leading 31-8 singles record this season, including a 19-3 mark in dual match competition, where she patrols the No. 1 position.


Revzina is ranked No. 40 in the latest national singles chart and will compete for the first time in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. The Florida junior sports a 22-9 overall mark in singles play, with 14 wins coming at the No. 2 dual match spot.


Mather, a freshman, pairs with Boonstra on the doubles court, where the tandem is ranked a season-high No. 18 in the country, compiling a 13-4 record as a team. Alexander, also a rookie, holds a 15-4 record with Revzina by her side, as the two punched in at a season-best No. 25 position in the latest nation rankings. This is the first time since 2005 two Florida teams have been selected for the doubles tournament.


The draws for the singles and doubles tournament will be revealed during the week of May 18.


The Gator foursome joins their teammates first in the NCAA Team Championships, where 15th-seeded Florida plays host to College of Charleston on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m.


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