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Tuesday May 24, 2011Inside The Match-up: Gators To Face Stanford For NCAA Crown

Stanford, CA

Quick News & Notes for FLORIDA in the NCAA Final

#2 Seed Florida (30-1) at #1 Seed Stanford (28-0)

Tue., May 24 * 7 pm ET/4 pm PT // Taube Family Tennis Stadium * Stanford, CA

 

Official Tournament Website:  http://www.gostanford.com/ot/2011-ncaa-tennis-tournamentcent

Web Site (live scoring): http://www.streamingtennis.com/Cardinal/livescoreboard1.html

 

 

First Serve

Florida received the No. 2 overall seed in the 2011 NCAA Championships and will play top-seeded Stanford for the national championship on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. The championship match will be televised live on ESPNU, with a taped-delay airing on ESPN2 May 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

 

The Gators defeated South Carolina State (4-0), South Carolina (4-0), Clemson (4-1), Miami (4-1) and UCLA (4-0) to advance to the championship match.

 

This marks the program’s 12th trip to the NCAA Final, where UF is 4-7 all-time.

 

The 2011 Championships marks the 28th time in the 30-year history of the event that the Gators participated in the NCAA Round of 16.

 

 

One for the Thumb?

Florida is making its 12th all-time appearance in the NCAA Final, sporting a 4-7 record in the title match. The Gators captured NCAA Championships in 1992, 1996, 1998 and 2003.

 

The last time the Gators advanced to the championship match was in 2010, when the Stanford defeated Florida, 4-3, in the final played in Athens, Ga.

 

 

Florida vs. Stanford

Stanford sports an NCAA-record 184 consecutive home-match win streak entering Tuesday’s final.

 

The Cardinal lead the series against the Gators, 16-11, including the 4-2 decision in the final of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 21.

 

Stanford has been even more dominating against Florida in the NCAA Championships, posting a 9-2 record that includes last year’s heartbreaking 4-3 outcome in the final.

 

Prior to that, the last time the two clubs played was in the 2006 NCAA Semifinals, where Stanford took the 4-0 win on its home courts.

 

The Gators won the match prior to that, downing the Cardinal 4-3 in the 2003 NCAA Final in Gainesville, as UF won its fourth national title. Florida and Stanford have squared off seven times in the NCAA Final, with the Cardinal winning five of those matches and the Gators capturing the title in 1996 and 2003.

 

 

Florida vs. Stanford in the Final

The 2011 event will mark the ninth time Florida and Stanford have squared off in the NCAA Final, with the Cardinal winning five of those matches and the Gators capturing the title in 1996 and 2003.

 

 

UF as the No. 2 Seed

This is the sixth time since 1987 that the Gators are the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Championships. Florida sports a 24-3 record entering the NCAA FINAL when playing as the No. 2 seed, winning NCAA titles in 1998 & 2003, while finishing as runner-up 1990.

 

 

True Team Balance on Display in Quarterfinals

During Florida’s hard-fought win against Miami in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals, seven different Gators tallied an individual victory.

 

Florida received singles victories from Olivia Janowicz, Allie Will and Alex Cercone, after Lauren Embree, Sofie Oyen, Joanna Mather and Caroline Hitimana took care of business on the doubles court.

 

 

Records, Streaks and More Numbers

·         Cercone has won team-high 36 singles matches

·         Will has won a team-high 29-4 doubles record this year (66-11 in career)

·         Embree is 23-0 in singles overall (10th longest streak in program history) and 25-0 in dual match doubles this season

·         Mather is 29-7 in singles action this year (three other Gators have won 30+ this year)

·         Cercone and Will are 12-0 (tied for 14th longest streak in UF history)

 

·         Embree is 55-6 in singles career

·         Mather has career 80-27 doubles record

 

·         Will is 50-2 in career dual match singles play; 24-1 in 2011

·         Mather is 44-10 in career dual match singles play; 15-2 in 2011

·         Embree is 43-3 in career dual match singles play; 23-0 in 2011

 

·         UF’s Team Record in the NCAA Final: 4-7

·         UF is a combined 48-2 at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions; 26-1 at No. 6 spot

·         UF is 29-0 when winning the doubles point; 0-1 when losing the doubles point

·         UF has won 20 consecutive matches entering NCAA Final

·         Overall Program Record: 874-128 (39th year) /// 30-1 in 2011

 

Active Streaks Entering

NCAA Final

TEAM....................................... 20

 

Singles, consecutive wins

Lauren Embree........................ 23

Olivia Janowicz...................... 18

Allie Will.................................. 15

Alex Cercone.......................... 13

Caroline Hitimana................... 10

Joanna Mather.......................... 4

Brittany Borsanyi...................... 2


Doubles

Embree & Mather..................... 15

Cercone & Will........................ 12

Embree & Oyen......................... 8

Hitimana & Mather.................... 4

Cercone & Hitimana................. 3

Embree & Hitimana................... 3

 

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