Monday March 12, 2012No. 2 Women's Tennis Blanks Kentucky in Rain-Delayed Match
The doubles pair of Sofie Oyen (left) and Allie Will earned the first individual win of the dual match.
It took nearly two days to complete because of weather delays, but the No. 2 Florida women’s tennis team posted a 7-0 victory against Kentucky Monday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.
The Gators (10-1, 4-0 SEC) and Wildcats (8-7, 0-4 SEC) began their match on Sunday afternoon and were able to complete doubles action before a light rain plagued the rest of the day and prevented any significant tennis from being played.
With a handful of games in singles action already in the book, the teams resumed action on a beautiful Monday afternoon, when the Gators wasted little time in earning the team shut-out and improving to 175-1 all-time at home against Southeastern Conference opponents.
“Today we were really efficient, I was very pleased,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “I thought we managed ourselves well, our body language was really good, we played offense on a couple courts where we had been practicing that and it was nice to see. Overall, it was a great day for the Gators.”
Florida also compiled its 101st consecutive home win, the longest active home winning streak of any NCAA Division I women’s program in any sport.
That streak will be tested on Wednesday, March 14, when No. 3 Duke visits the Ring Tennis Complex, where first-serve is scheduled for 3 p.m.
On Monday, junior All-American and top-ranked Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) needed an hour to wrap up their respective singles matches and give Florida a 3-0 lead.
Will defeated Khristina Blajevitch, 6-0, 6-1 and earned her 98th career singles victory, that included her 60th dual match win, just before Janowicz downed CeCe Witten, 6-1, 6-1,
Approximately 10 minutes later, junior All-American Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) provided the clinching dual match singles win with a 6-2, 6-0 final against Jackie Stiles and recorded her 76th career singles victory. Sophomore Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) followed with a straight set victory of her own, dropped Stephanie Fox, 6-0, 6-1.
Senior Joanna Mather (Duluth, Ga.) rallied after dropping her first set against Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff and captured her 91st career singles win , as well as her team-leading 20th this year, 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-4). Junior Caroline Hitimana (Waterloo, Belgium) completed the dual match sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Marni Venter, as Hitimana won her seventh consecutive match, including her 13th straight in dual match competition.
Women’s College Tennis
Kentucky at No. 2 Florida
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex
Monday, March 12, 2012
Final Score: Florida 7, Kentucky 0
Doubles (order of finish: 1, 2, 3)
1. Sofie Oyen/Allie Will (13), UF d. Khristina Blajevitch/Jackie Stiles (55), UK 8-5
2. Lauren Embree/Joanna Mather (31), UF d. Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff, UK, 8-4*
3. Alexandra Cercone/Olivia Janowicz, UF d. Marni Venter/CeCe Witter, UK, 8-6
Singles (order of finish: 2, 5, 1, 4, 3, 6)
1. Lauren Embree (23), UF d. Jackie Stiles, UK, 6-2, 6-0*
2. Allie Will (1), UF d. Khristina Blajevitch, UK, 6-0, 6-1
3. Joanna Mather (18), UF d. Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff, UK, 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-4)
4. Alexandra Cercone (49), UF d. Stephanie Fox, UK, 6-0, 6-1
5. Olivia Janowicz, UF d. CeCe Witten, UK, 6-1, 6-1
6. Caroline Hitimana, UF d. Marni Venter, UK, 6-1, 6-1
*indicates clinching doubles/dual match win
Updated Records: Florida 10-1, 4-0 SEC; Kentucky 8-7, 0-4 SEC