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Allie Will extended her singles win streak and clinched the dual match victory.

Saturday February 4, 2012Top-Ranked UF Women's Tennis Passes Test at No. 5 Baylor, 5-2

Waco, Texas

Allie Will extended her singles win streak and clinched the dual match victory.

The top-ranked University of Florida women’s tennis team passed its first test true test of the season, defeating fifth-ranked Baylor, 5-2, at Hurd Tennis Center Saturday afternoon in Waco, Texas.

 

The Gators (3-0) won the doubles point for the third time in as many matches this year, before capturing four hard-fought singles matches, with five of the six playing three sets.

 

Junior Caroline Hitimana continued her strong start to the dual match season, earning a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Megan Horter at the No. 6 position in the only match that didn’t go three sets. The win was Hitimana’s sixth consecutive overall singles victory, as well as her 13th straight in dual match action, and gave Florida a 3-0 lead in the team scoring.

 

Sophomore Sofie Oyen was the first to finish her singles match, earning a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win against Ema Burgic on court five. Oyen also tallied her sixth consecutive singles win and helped the Gators take a 2-0 lead.

 

Baylor, which was off to one of the best starts in program history in winning its first nine dual matches of the season, then got on the board when Sona Novakova knocked off senior Joanna Mather, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 on court three.

 

Junior All-American and third-ranked Allie Will then clinched the dual match victory when she clocked in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win against 14th-ranked Diana Nakic, as she improved to 7-0 overall this season.

 

The Bears earned their second point of the dual match when Nina Secerbegovic upset UF’s 25th-ranked Lauren Embree, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, on court two. Embree, who had not lost a game in her two prior singles dual matches this year, lost for just the fourth time in her dual match career and had her 43-match singles win streak snapped in team competition, as her career dual match record now stands at 46-4.

 

Sophomore Alexandra Cercone provided the final team point, as she defeated Jordaan Sanford, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5, on court four and posted her 16th straight dual match singles win.

 

“It was really tough, five three setters,” UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. “They had a great crowd and I thought our players handled it well. It came down to a few games here and there. Perhaps it wasn’t the greatest of tennis but we showed a lot of heart because this Baylor team is really good. It was a great match for us. It certainly give us some data of things we need to work on. We showed a lot of class to be able to come in here and beat a really, really good Baylor team. This is a final four-caliber team we played team. I was very encouraged by the way we were able to compete at the end.”

 

On the doubles court, UF’s teams of Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather, and Sofie Oyen Allie Will earned victories on courts two and one, respectively and gave the Gators the early 1-0 team lead.

 

Florida returns to action on Tuesday, when the Gators put their 24-match winning streak on the line when they play host to South Florida beginning at 4 p.m. Admission to all regular-season home matches is free.

 

Florida has won 97 consecutive home matches entering Tuesday’s match against the Bulls.

 

Women’s College Tennis

No. 1 Florida at No. 5 Baylor

Hurd Tennis Center * Waco, Texas

Saturday, February 4, 2012

 

Final Score: Florida 5, Baylor 2

 

Doubles (order of finish: 2, 1*, 3)

1. Sofie Oyen/Allie Will (10), UF d. Jordaan Sanford/Diana Nakic, Baylor, 8-3*

2. Lauren Embree/Joanna Mather (15), UF d. Megan Horter/Nina Secerbegovic, Baylor, 8-5

3. Ema Burgic/sona Novakova, Baylor d. Olivia Janowicz/Alexandra Cercone, UF 8-5

 

Singles (order of finish: 5, 6, 3, 1*, 2, 4)

1. Allie Will (3), UF d. Diana Nakic (14), Baylor, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2*

2. Nina Secerbegovic, Baylor d. Lauren Embree (25), UF, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

3. Sona Novakova, Baylor d. Joanna Mather, UF 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

4. Alexandra Cercone (41), UF d. Jordaan Sanford, Baylor, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5

5. Sofie Oyen (34), UF d. Ema Burgic, Baylor, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

6. Caroline Hitimana, UF d. Megan Horter, Baylor, 6-3, 6-3

 

Updated Records: Florida 3-0, Baylor 9-1

 

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