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Friday March 23, 2012No. 2 Women's Tennis Blanks Mississippi State, 7-0

Starkville, MS

The second-ranked Florida womenís tennis team earned their ninth shutout win of the season, blanking Mississippi State, 7-0, on Friday in Starkville.


Mississippi State (6-8, 0-5 SEC) entered the outing riding a two-match winning streak, but couldnít keep up with the Gators on Friday. Florida (12-1, 5-0 SEC) now has a seven-match win streak and will return to Gainesville to play Ole Miss on Sunday at 1 p.m.


Florida was able to gain an early 1-0 lead, sweeping all three doubles matches. On court one, No. 3 ranked Sofie Oyen and Allie Will defeated Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran of MSU, 8-2. At No. 2 doubles, UF's No. 11 ranked duo of Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather defeated Ekaterina Iakovleva and Olesya Tsigvintseva, 8-1.


Caroline Hitimana and Olivia Janowicz finished with an 8-3 victory against Mississippi State's Roseline Dion and Petra Ferancova at the No. 3 position.


The Gators took control of singles with quick wins on courts 3 and 4. At the No. 4 position, No. 39 Oyen took down the MSUís Tran 6-1, 6-2. Mather, currently ranked at No. 19 in the nation, followed with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Iakovleva on court three.


Embree secured the victory for the Florida, posting the clinching point with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against MSU's No. 116 ranked Perper at the No. 1 position.


Will, the nation's No. 1 ranked singles player, posted a 6-3, 6-2 win against MSU's Tsigvintseva on court two, marking the 99th singles victory her career. Hitimana completed the shutout with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Ferancova at the No. 5 position.



No. 2 Florida at Mississippi State

A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre * Starkville, Miss.

Friday, March 23, 2012


Final Score: Florida 7, Mississippi State 0


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

1. Sofie Oyen/Allie Will (3), UF d. Alexandra Perper/Naomi Tran, MSU, 8-2

2. Lauren Embree/Joanna Mather (11), UF d. Ekaterina Iakovleva/Olesya Tsigvintseva, MSU, 8-1*

3. Caroline Hitimana/Olivia Janowicz, UF d. Roseline Dion/Petra Ferancova, MSU, 8-3


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

1. Lauren Embree (14), UF d. Alexandra Perper (116), MSU 6-3, 6-1*

2. Allie Will (1), UF d. Olesya Tsigvintseva, MSU 6-3, 6-2

3. Joanna Mather (19), UF d. Ekaterina Iakovleva, MSU 6-1, 6-1

4. Sofie Oyen (39), UF d. Naomi Tran, MSU 6-1, 6-2

5. Caroline Hitimana, UF d. Petra Ferancova, MSU 6-3, 6-4

6. Olivia Janowicz, UF d. Roseline Dion, MSU 6-3, 6-1


*indicates clinching doubles point/dual match win


Updated Records: Florida 12-1, 5-0 SEC; Mississippi State 6-8, 0-5 SEC



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