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Wednesday May 19, 2010W-Tennis Plays Ole Miss in NCAA Round of 16 on Thursday

Athens, GA

The University of Florida women’s tennis team continues its quest of a winning a fifth national championship, when the third-seeded Gators return to action and play 17th-ranked Ole Miss in the NCAA Championships Round of 16 on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

 

Florida (26-2) is making its sixth consecutive and 27th overall appearance in the NCAA Round of 16, where the Gators have compiled a 23-3 record at this stage of the tournament.

 

·          VIDEO: Joanna Mather, Lauren Embree & Roland Thornqvist

 

It will be the second meeting this season between the Lady Rebels (17-5) and Gators, who captured the 6-1 decision during the regular-season affair played in Gainesville. Florida enters Thursday’s match sporting a 34-3 all-time record against Ole Miss, including a 6-1 record in matches played at a neutral site. This will be the first-ever match-up in the NCAA Championships.

 

By defeating Washington, 4-0, in their NCAA Second Round match, the Gators earned a trip to Athens, Ga., for the third time this season. Florida is 4-0 this year at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, having defeated Georgia, 6-1, in the April 11 regular-season match, before winning three matches en route to capturing the Southeastern Conference Tournament title on April 25.

 

“We’re very excited to be in the NCAA Round of 16 and the fact that we’ve played here before a couple of times this year should help our young team,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “We’re very familiar with Ole Miss. We played them about a month ago and played very well against them. If we play like we did then, we’ll have a good chance tomorrow.”

 

Florida has won 19 consecutive matches entering the NCAA Championships Round of 16. The 19-match run is the longest since the 2006 season, when the team strung together 19 consecutive wins before falling at Stanford, 4-0, in the NCAA Semifinal. Florida has not won 20 consecutive dual matches since the team compiled a 53-match winning streak that began on Feb. 11, 1998 and ended on April 25, 1999, in the SEC Tournament final by Ole Miss. That was the second-longest win streak in program history.

 

The Gators have captured four NCAA titles in the 29-year history of the event, winning championships in 1992, 1996, 1998 and 2003.

 

NCAA Championships Information

What: NCAA Championships Round of 16 vs. Ole Miss

When: May 20, 2010 - 9 a.m. ET

Where: Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia is host

Facility: Dan Magill Tennis Complex

Web Site (live scoring): www.GeorgiaDogs.com & NCAA.com

Web Site (live VIDEO): www.GeorgiaDogs.com & NCAA.com

Television Coverage: Team Finals only - LIVE on ESPNU, 2 PM ... tape delay on ESPN2 at 10:30 pm

Ticket Info: 877-542-1231 or visit www.georgiadogs.com

      Box Seats - Hall of Fame: $150; Clubhouse: $125; West Pavilion: $125; Bleachers (first 3 rows): $125)

      All Session - Adults General Admission: $100; Youth GA: $60 (college age w/ ID and younger)

      Single Session - Adult GA: $10; Youth GA: $6; Group of 20+: $5)

 

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