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Friday May 8, 2009Women's Tennis Hosts College of Charleston in NCAA First Round on Saturday

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida women’s tennis team plays host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships beginning Saturday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.

 

The Gators, ranked No. 15 in the country with a 14-9 overall record, received the No. 15 seed in the 64-team draw face Southern Conference champion College of Charleston (24-4) in their NCAA First Round contest on Sat., May 9 beginning at 1 p.m. The other NCAA Women’s First Round match played Saturday in Gainesville begins at 10 a.m. and features 18th-ranked Florida State (16-7) versus 33rd-ranked Auburn (11-12).

 

The winning teams from those first-round matches meet in the second round on Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

Saturday will be the first-ever meeting between Florida and the 68th-ranked College of Charleston Cougars, who are coming off their first conference title since 2003 and have set a program record with 24 wins this year.

 

Florida is making its 27th appearance in the 28-year history of the NCAA Championships, missing only the 1986 event. The Gators boast a 75-22 all-time record in the NCAA Championships, winning four national championships (1992, ‘96, ‘98 and 2003), while advancing to at least the NCAA Semifinals 19 times in the last 22 years.

 

Since the NCAA expanded the field to 64 teams, Florida has been a perfect 10-0 in first-round matches. The Gators are 9-1 in the second round, 23-2 in round of 16 contests, 19-4 in the quarterfinals, 10-9 in the semifinals and 4-6 in the title match.

 

Florida enters the first round of the NCAA Tournament sporting an overall program-record 64-match home win streak, including 11 wins in postseason play (SEC and NCAA Tournament). The Gators set a new standard with their 6-1 victory over Mississippi State on March 29, 2009. The previous record was the 60-match home winning streak that stretched from the 1993-94 season until May 23, 1999, when Stanford halted the run in the final of the NCAA Championship.             The last time the Gators fell at home came on May 15, 2004, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Miami (Fla.).

 

Juniors Marrit Boonstra and Anastaia Revzina have led the Gators this season.

 

Boonstra, a unanimous 2009 First-Team All-Southeastern Conference selection, is playing the No. 1 singles position for the first time and is having the best season of her career, posting a team-best 19-3 dual match singles record all at the No. 1 position. She has compiled a team-leading 31-8 overall singles record, as well as a 25-9 doubles record. Entering the season, the highest-ranked opponent Boonstra had ever defeated was ranked No. 46 and this year she has two wins over the nation's No. 6-ranked player and two additional wins over players in the top-25.

 

After playing the Nos. 5 & 6 singles positions last year, Revzina improved her game enough to secure the No. 2 spot this season, where she is 13-4 overall in dual matches. She sports a 21-9 overall record, with 10 wins vs. ranked opponents. Revzina has been tough in the clutch, providing clinching dual match wins over Georgia and Vanderbilt. She is 15-4 in dual match doubles action, having to play with two different partners during the year due to injury and yet has an 18-7 overall record in doubles with 62 career doubles wins to her credit.

 

Gates will open for fans one hour prior to the start of the first competition each day. Fans should note that seating is on a first come, first served basis. No saving of seats will be permitted.

 

Tickets may be purchased in advance or on each day of the tournament. An ALL-SESSION Pass is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for senior citizens, college students, and children under 17. SINGLE DAY tickets for Friday and Saturday are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for senior citizens, college students and children under 17. SINGLE DAY tickets for Sunday are $3.00 for everyone.

 

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