Sunday March 25, 2012No. 2 Florida Women's Tennis Defeats No. 19 Mississippi, 6-1
Allie Will captured her 100th singles victory as a Gator
The second-ranked Florida women’s tennis team earned their 103rd consecutive home victory, beating No. 19 Mississippi, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at Scott Linder Stadium at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.
Florida (13-1, 6-0 SEC) has now won 31 straight regular season SEC matches after defeating Mississippi (11-7, 3-3 SEC).
“I think Ole Miss did a great job of competing and made us have to dig a little bit,” head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “I told the team that I think we’re getting better every month but there are certainly some things we can improve on. It’s not like we’re firing on all cylinders. I think our play today showed that there’s room for improvement. We know what we need to get better at and we need to just keep hammering away.”
In doubles play, Florida was able to gain an early 1-0 lead winning on courts one and two in under 50 minutes. On court two, the No. 11 doubles tandem of Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather defeated Erin Stephens and Gabby Rangel, 8-4. The Gators sealed the doubles point with an 8-3 victory on court one by the third-ranked doubles team of Allie Will and Sofie Oyen over the fifth-ranked duo of Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie.
To complete the sweep of the doubles, Alexandra Cercone and Olivia Janowicz defeated Iris Verboven and Julia Jones, 8-6, despite trailing 3-0 early in the match.
In singles play, Mather gave the Gators a 2-0 lead after a 6-3, 6-2 win over Stephens on court three. Shortly after Mather’s win, Embree gained a straight set victory on court one defeating No. 12 ranked Boxx 6-3, 6-3, improving the Gators’ lead to 3-0.
Will, ranked No. 1, cruised to a 6-0, 6-1, win on court two over the No. 72 ranked Caroline Rohde-Moe to secure UF’s win over the Rebels. With the win, Will now has 100 career singles victories as a Gator.
“I did not know that. That’s great news,” Will said on reaching the century mark. “I’ve had a lot of good matches here at home and I have not lost a match here at home so the crowd must be doing something right. It’s a privilege to be here and I’m just happy that I was able to get 100 wins and hopefully I’ll have a few before the year is over.”
Oyen dropped her first singles match in her last 14 attempts, Sunday. Guthrie defeated Oyen, 5-7, 5-7, to give Ole Miss their lone point on the evening.
Cercone defeated Jones, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, and Caroline Hitimana defeated Vivian Vlaar, 6-2, 3-6 (10-1), with both matches lasting over two hours.
The Gators will be in action next Friday, March 30 at Auburn and Sunday, April 1 at Alabama. The matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. ET, respectively.
“If we play like this, I think we are the favorite. Alabama is going to be tough, I know that. They’re going to be ready,” said Thornqvist.
No. 19 Mississippi at No. 2 Florida
Scott Linder Stadium at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Final Score: Florida 6, Mississippi State 1
Doubles (order of finish: 2, 1*, 3)
1. Lauren Embree/Joanna Mather (11), UF d. Erin Stephens/Gabby Rangel, UM, 8-4
2. Sofie Oyen/Allie Will (3), UF d. Kristi Boxx/Abby Guthrie (5), UM, 8-3*
3. Alexandra Cercone/Olivia Janowicz (52), UF d. Iris Verboven/Julia Jones, UM, 8-6
Singles (order of finish: 3,1, 2*, 5, 4, 6)
1. Lauren Embree (14), UF d. Kristi Boxx (12), UM, 6-3, 6-3
2. Allie Will (1), UF d. Caroline Rohde Moe (72), UM, 6-0, 6-1
3. Joanna Mather (19), UF d. Erin Stephens, UM, 6-3, 6-2*
4. Alexandra Cercone (62), UF d. Julia Jones, UM, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
5. Abby Guthrie, UM d. Sofie Oyen (39), UF, 7-5, 7-5
6. Carolina Hitimana, UF d. Vivian Vlaar, UM, 6-2, 3-6, (10-1)
*indicates clinching doubles point/dual match win
Updated Records: Florida 13-1, 6-0 SEC; Mississippi 11-7, 3-3 SEC