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Thursday May 14, 2009Women's Tennis Faces No. 2 Georgia in NCAA Round of 16 Friday

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The No. 15-seeded University of Florida women’s tennis team plays second-seeded Georgia in the NCAA Championships Round of 16 on Friday at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT) at the Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.

 

The Gators (16-9) are making their 26th appearance in the NCAA Round of 16, sporting a 23-2 all-time record at this stage of the tournament, which is in its 28th year.

 

Friday’s match against Georgia (24-2) will be the third time this season the two Southeastern Conference rival schools will battle. Florida won the regular-season meeting, 4-3, in Gainesville on March 13, before the Lady Bulldogs took the 4-2 decision in the SEC Tournament Semifinals on April 25.

 

“Georgia is a fantastic team, obviously. They have great players at every position,” said UF head coach Roland Thornqvist, who guided the Gators to the 2003 NCAA title. “We played them [at home] – we played them well – and then we had to play them indoors at the SEC Tournament which, in my opinion, favors Georgia. One thing about this crew, don’t count them out. They’ve shown that and they’ve proven that all year long.”

 

Florida holds a 38-13 all-time record against Georgia, including a 2-1 edge in NCAA Tournament match-ups. The last NCAA bout was in the semifinals of the 2000 event, where the Lady ‘Dawgs earned the 5-2 decision en route to capturing the national championship. Florida won the other two postseason matches, taking the 5-1 win in the 1998 semifinal round as the Gators marched on to win their third of four NCAA titles, as well as the 5-0 victory in the 1995 semifinals.

 

The Gators advanced to the 2009 NCAA Round of 16 with a 4-2 thrilling victory over Florida State in the second round, before they defeated College of Charleston, 4-1, in the opening match.

 

Marrit Boonstra, who is ranked No. 8 in the national singles rankings, leads the young Gators into Friday’s action. The Gator junior plays the No. 1 singles and doubles positions, and sports a team-best 33-8 overall singles record and a 27-9 mark on the doubles court.

 

Junior Anastasia Revzina is playing a career-high No. 2 in the singles lineup, where she has compiled a 15-5 record this year, as well as a 21-4 dual match doubles record.

 

Freshmen Joanna Mather and Jessica Alexander have been clutch for Florida, settling in at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the singles lineup, while pairing with Boonstra and Revzina, respectively, atop the doubles card.

 

Newcomers Barbara Pinterova, Brooke Allen and Lauren Wolken round out the lineup for the Gators.

 

Live scoring and free streaming video of all matches is available on the internet courtesy of Texas A&M at www.AggieAthletics.com .

 

Fri., May 15

Women's Team Tournament (Round of 16)

10 am ET

(3) Duke vs. (14) Arkansas - Stadium

10 am

(6) Miami vs. (11) UCLA - Grandstand

1 pm

(2) Georgia vs. (15) Florida - Stadium

1 pm

(17)-32 S. Carolina vs. (17-32) Washington - Grandstand

4 pm

(1) Northwestern vs. (16) Fresno St. - Stadium

4 pm

(8) Cal vs. (9) Georgia Tech - Grandstand

7 pm

(4) Baylor vs. (13) Stanford – Stadium

7 pm

(5) Notre Dame vs. (12) Clemson - Grandstand

 

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