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Caroline Hitimana has a pair of impressive singles wins in dual match play this year.

Monday February 6, 2012Top-Ranked Women's Tennis Hosts South Florida Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Gainesville, Fla.

Caroline Hitimana has a pair of impressive singles wins in dual match play this year.

Florida plays host to its second instate foe of the year, when South Florida visits Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

 

This is the Gator’s only home match during a four-match run, with the team coming off a 5-2 win against fifth-ranked Baylor on Saturday in Waco, Texas.

 

Florida (3-0) won’t play at home again until February 26 against North Carolina.

 

South Florida (3-1) is coming off a tough 5-2 loss at 11th-ranked Miami on Jan. 29. The 45th-ranked Bulls have already earned a 6-1 win against No. 55 Ohio State, as well as a 5-2 victory over Syracuse.

 

Florida is 49-1 all-time against South Florida, including a 28-0 record in Gainesville. The last meeting between the two programs was a 5-2 Gator win on Feb. 8, 2011 in Gainesville. Florida’s lone loss in the series was a 5-3 setback on April 1, 1986, in Tampa. Since that loss, the Gators have won 22 consecutive matches against the Bulls.

 

Florida owns an impressive 190-33 record against in-state rivals and has reeled off 12 straight victories against Sunshine State opponents, with the most recent a 7-0 sweep against UCF on February 1st in Gainesville.

 

UF’s active 24-match win streak is the seventh-longest in program history. Next on the list is the 31-match streak set from Feb. 20, 1991 thru May 11, 1991 with the loss to UCLA in the NCAA Semifinals.

 

Florida is 2-0 at home this year and sports an overall program-record home winning streak of 97, which includes 17 wins in postseason play (SEC and NCAA Tournament). The Gators set a new standard with their 6-1 victory over Mississippi State on March 29, 2009, passing the previous record of 60.

 

Florida also has won 104 consecutive regular-season home matches - not including SEC Tournament or NCAA Championship events. The current streak is the longest of its kind in program history, passing the 71 in a row compiled from 1994-2001.

 

Florida boasts a remarkable 430-25 all-time home record when playing in Gainesville, including a 1-0 record in 2011-12.

 

Individually, junior Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) is inching closer to her 100th career singles victory, as she enters Tuesday’s match with a 91-10 all-time record, a winning percentage second in program history only to Gator great Lisa Raymond. Will, who has compiled a 53-3 dual match singles mark and is on pace to become the 22nd Gator to reach the milestone win, is 8-0 overall this year.

 

Senior Joanna Mather (Duluth, Ga.) enters Tuesday’s match with 84 career singles wins, as well as a team-best 88 doubles victories. Junior Lauren Embree (Marco Island,Fla.) sports a 69-11 career singles record, including a 46-4 record in dual matches.

 

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