Thursday May 13, 2010Women's Tennis Begins NCAA Action on Friday at Home
will face Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion South Carolina State
(16-5) in their NCAA First Round contest on Friday, May 14, at 2 p.m. The other
NCAA Women’s First Round match played in
The winning teams from those first-round matches meet in the second round on Saturday, May 15 at 3 p.m.
“I’m very proud of what the team has accomplished already,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “They have been a great group to work with and have been improving steadily throughout the year. The exciting part of the season is coming up and we can’t wait to get started. Our home crowd is so knowledgeable about the game and helps us so much. We really want them to come out and support us and watch some very good tennis this weekend.”
*The Gators boast a 77-23 all-time record in the NCAA Championships.
*The Gators won NCAA team titles in 1992, 1996, 1998 and 2003
the NCAA expanded the field to 64 teams,
It will be the second-ever meeting between Florida and the South Carolina State Lady Bulldogs, which met in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, with the Gators taking the 4-0 victory in Gainesville.
also are 1-0 all-time against 29th-ranked Washington (11-5), with that match
also coming in postseason action, as Florida earned the 4-0 victory in the
quarterfinals of the 2001 event held in Stone Mountain, Ga.
have been 40 days since the last time the Gators played at home and Friday’s
NCAA First Round match. The last time
“We have had a chance to rest and regroup from a tough regular season,” Thornqvist said of the 19-day break since the Gators last played.
Seniors Marrit Boonstra and
“Those two seniors have been the backbone of this team,” Thornqvist praised. “They have made everything so easy for everyone around them, including the coaches.”
the end of the regular-season,
time the Gators fell at home was on May 15, 2004, in the second round of the
NCAA Tournament to
Rookies Lauren Embree
and Allie Will helped
“They are so different than typical freshmen,” Thornqvist said. “They brought in a wealth of experience and have shown that they are tough and resilient.”
NCAA Women’s Tennis Regional Information
What: NCAA Team Championships First & Second Rounds
Round: May 14 -
Second Round: May 15 - First Round winners, 3 p.m.
Facility: Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex (1,000)
Web Site (live scoring): www.GatorZone.com
Television Coverage: none; Team Finals only - LIVE on ESPNU, 2 PM ... tape delay on ESPN2 at 10:30 pm
Post-Match Feed: none from Regionals