Wednesday February 29, 2012Women's Tennis Wins 99th Consecutive Home Match, Sweeps Florida State, 7-0
In front of the biggest home crowd this season, the 15th-ranked University of Florida women’s tennis team defeated Florida State, 7-0, on Wednesday evening and won its 99th consecutive home match at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The victory improves the Gators’ record to 52-1 all-time against the Seminoles.
“I thought we were very efficient. I really liked the way we competed, the way we played. I thought we set the tone right from the start in doubles. I was very pleased with that, actually,” said head coach Roland Thornqvist. “I thought we were aggressive, we moved at the right time, we served to the right spots. I thought we were good from start to finish today and you know what? I was hoping we would be with the rain out on Sunday. We can sort of forget that now because I thought we were very sharp today.”
The Gators took the doubles point with relatively no resistance as FSU won only two games in the three matches.
Playing No. 1 doubles, Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) and Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) defeated FSU’s Ruth Seaborne and Leyla Erkan, 8-0 in an efficient 32 minutes.
On court one, Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) beat Carolina De Los Santos and Francesca Segarelli, 8-2, to put the doubles point in the Gators favor.
To finish out the doubles portion of the match, Joanna Mather (Duluth, Ga.) and Caroline Hitimana (Warterloo, Belgium) took down Amy Sargeant and Mia Vriens, 8-2, in 46 minutes on court two.
In singles competition, Janowicz captured the first set, 6-4, over FSU’s Sargeant before she retired at the start of the second set, giving the Gators a 2-0 lead over the Seminoles. Janowicz jumped out to a 3-2 lead before Sargeant could tie it up at 4-4. Janowicz then won the final two games to take the first set and, eventually, the match.
Oyen earned the Gators their second singles point in the competition with a 6-2, 6-1, win over Seaborne. Oyen, who was on court five, got out to quick 4-1 leads in both sets before putting the finishing touches on her victory. Oyen’s triumph handed the Gators a 3-0 lead over FSU.
Cercone, who was playing on court four, ensured a Gator victory with a 6-1, 6-2, win over De Los Santos. Cercone dominated the first set getting out to 4-0 lead before De Los Santos won her only game of the set. In the second set, De Los Santos took an early 2-1. Cercone promptly rallied to capture the second set 6-2 to win the match in 1:08.
“That was the best Alex has played all year,” Thornqvist pointed out. “That was the best body language, best execution. She handled mistakes and that’s how it works. If you manage yourself and compete like that you’re going to play better. We talked a lot about that and today, before she left, I told her she looked like a pro.”
Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.), Will and Mather added the cherry on top, all finishing with straight-set victories within a few minutes of each other. Embree defeated Leyla Erkan, 6-2, 6-2, Will defeated Francesca Segarelli, 6-1,6-2, and Mather defeated Vriens, 6-3,6-1.
The Gators next travel to Knoxville, Tenn., where they play the University of Tennessee on Friday, March 2. The match against the fifth-ranked volunteers marks the start of SEC play for the Gators.
“They’re ranked five and we are fifteen so it’s going to be tough. They obviously have a great team and they haven’t lost a doubles point all year so we’re going to have to play well to beat them,” Thornqvist said.
Women’s College Tennis
No. 15 Florida vs. Florida State
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex
Tuesday, February 29, 2012
FINAL SCORE: Florida 7, Florida State 0
Doubles (order of finish: 3, 1*, 2)
1. Allie Will/Sofie Oyen (13), UF d. Carolina De Los Santos/Francesca Segarelli, FSU, 8-2 (:34)*
2. Joanna Mather/Caroline Hitimana, UF d. Amy Sargeant/Mia Vriens, FSU, 8-2 (:46)
3. Alexandra Cercone/Olivia Janowicz, UF d. Ruth Seaborne/Leyla Urkan, FSU, 8-9 (:32)
Singles (order of finish: 6, 5, 4*, 1, 2, 3)
1. Lauren Embree (23), UF d. Leyla Erkan, FSU, 6-2, 6-2 (1:23)
2. Allie Will (2), UF d. Francesca Segarelli, FSU, 6-1, 6-2 (1:23)
3. Joanna Mather (18), UF d. Mia Vriens, FSU, 6-3, 6-1 (1:24)
4. Alexandra Cercone (49), UF d. Carolina De Los Santos, FSU, 6-1, 6-2 (1:08)*
5. Sofie Oyen (39), UF d. Ruth Seaborne, FSU, 6-2, 6-1 (:59)
6. Olivia Janowicz, UF d. Amy Sargeant, FSU, 6-4, ret. (:50)
RECORDS: Florida 6-1; Florida State 5-4
*indicates clinching doubles point/dual match victory
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