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Sofie Oyen won her eighth straight singles match

Friday February 10, 2012Women's Tennis Blanks Pepperdine, Improves to 5-0

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Sofie Oyen won her eighth straight singles match

The top-ranked University of Florida women’s tennis team blanked Pepperdine and earned its fourth sweep in five matches this season, as the two programs met at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University Friday afternoon.

 

The Gators (5-0) won their 26th consecutive match dating back to last season thanks to taking an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point for the 25th straight time.

 

Junior All-Americans Allie Will and Lauren Embree, as well as sophomore Sofie Oyen won their respective singles matches in straight sets, while Joanna Mather, Olivia Janowicz and Alexandra Cercone captured three-setters to complete the sweep.

 

“It wasn’t the greatest match for us,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “I think we all know we have to do a better job on Sunday (against Stanford). This season is a work in progress. We need to be tough. That’s how you win matches on the road.”

 

Will, ranked No. 3 in the country, was the first off the court as she defeated Pepperdine’s 72nd-ranked Ale Granillo, 6-1, 6-2. Will is a perfect 10-0 in overall singles matches this year and 93-10 in her career.

 

Embree was the next off the court, defeating Khunpak Issara, 6-1, 6-3 and giving Florida a 3-0 lead against the 27th-ranked Waves (2-2). Embree is now 71-11 in her singles career, including a 47-4 dual match mark.

 

Oyen provided the clinching victory with her 6-3, 6-4 decision over Ali Walters on court five. The win was Oyen’s eighth straight, as she remained perfect in dual match action this season.

 

Janowciz dropped her first set against Megan Moore, but came back strong in the final two sets to capture the 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory. Mather then followed with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win against Lorraine Guillermo, before Cercone capped the dual match results with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Arianna Colffer on court four.

 

Florida returns to action, continuing its two-match road swing on the West Coast, as the Gators battle second-ranked Stanford on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. It will be a rematch of the 2011 NCAA Championship team final also played at the Taube Tennis Center and won by Florida, 4-3.

 

“I’m very excited about the challenge,” Thornqvist said of Sunday’s match against the Cardinal. “Stanford’s a great team. I think they’re healthy now. We certainly have our work cut out for us.”

 

#1 Florida vs. #27 Pepperdine

Taube Tennis Center * Stanford, Calif.

Friday, February 10, 2012

 

Final Score: Florida 7, Pepperdine 0

 

Doubles

1. Khunpak Issara/Lorraine Guillermo, PU d. Alexandra Cercone/Allie Will, UF lost, 8-7 (7-5)

2. Lauren Embree/Sofie Oyen, UF d. Ali Walters/Megan Moore, PU, 8-3

3. Caroline Hitimana/Joanna Mather, UF d. Ale Granillo/Arianna Colffer, PU, 8-2

 

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

1. Allie Will (3), UF d. Ale Granillo (72), PU 6-1, 6-2

2. Lauren Embree (25), UF d. Khunpak Issara, PU 6-1, 6-3

3. Joanna Mather (4), UF d. Lorraine Guillermo, PU 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

4. Alexandra Cercone (41), UF d. Arianna Colffer, PU 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

5. Sofie Oyen (34), UF d. Ali Walters, PU 6-3, 6-4*

6. Olivia Janowicz, UF d. Megan Moore, PU 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

 

*indicates clinching dual match point

 

Updated Records: Florida 5-0; Pepperdine 2-2

 

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