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Sofie Oyen advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles draw.

Saturday October 20, 2012Sofie Oyen, Doubles Team Advance at ITA Southeast Regional Championships

Tampa, Fla.

Sofie Oyen advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles draw.

University of Florida junior Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) and the Gator doubles team of Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) advanced at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships at the USF Varsity Courts on Saturday.


Florida had four competitors in the main draw of Saturday’s round of 16 matches and all pushed their opponents to three long sets, but only Oyen emerged on the winning side as she defeated Miami’s Melissa Molivar, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.


Collins and Janowicz posted a pair of doubles wins and marched into the semifinals with victories against FGCU’s Johanna Sterkel and Bettina Botha (8-2) and Stetson’s Lindsey Cable and MavaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell (8-3). The Gator pair plays Georgia’s 30th-ranked and second-seeded on Sunday.


Janowicz also had a good day on the singles court, where she won two matches in the consolation draw and reached the quarterfinals with wins against FAU’s Catalina Ene, 6-2, 7-5, and FGCU’s Sarah Means, 6-0, 6-1. She’s play Florida State’s Francesca Segarelli in the quarterfinals on Sunday.


Just missing out on a quarterfinal berth in the main singles draw was Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.), who lost 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 to FSU’s Daneika Borthwick, Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.), who lost a tough 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 decision to Georgia’s seventh-seeded and 53rd-ranked Lauren Herring, and Collins, who was nipped by Georgia’s Makenzie Craft, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7).


In the main draw of doubles, Cercone and Caroline Hitimana (Waterloo, Belgium) defeated USF’s top-seeded and 24th-ranked Loreto Alonso and Ecaterina Vasenina, 8-5, but fell to FSU’s Daneika Borthwick and Francesca Segarelli, 8-1, in the quarterfinal round.


“Today was one of mixed results for the Gators,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. We had some really good wins and ended up where we played four three-set matches in the round of 16 and lost three of those, real heartbreakers. It’s been a while since we’ve been on the short end of those close matches, but I was happy with the way we competed, our fitness level and determination. We just came up short. Sometimes the other team lays better. I’m sure Alex, Brianna and Danielle will remember these three-setters. There’s nothing like a little motivation for the last few weeks of fall practice. We’re competing great and looking forward to a stellar day tomorrow.”


Play resumes on Sunday morning, when two rounds of singles and one round of doubles will be held.


The singles and doubles champions from each of the 12 regionals earn a spot in the main draw of the USTA-ITA National Indoor Championships that is played Nov. 8-11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., home of the U.S. Open Championships.


As winner of the 2012 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, Gator senior Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) received an automatic berth into the 32-player singles main draw of the collegiate grand slam event and is not competing at this weekend’s ITA Regional.


Nineteen schools from the states of Florida and Georgia comprise the ITA Southeast Regional and will be sending athletes to this weekend’s event hosted by the University of South Florida.


Schools in the ITA Southeast Region include Bethune-Cookman, Central Florida, Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Miami, North Florida, South Florida, Stetson and Wofford.


Daily Schedule of Matches

Monday: 1 singles, 1 doubles


2012 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships

USF Varsity Courts/P.E. Courts

Tampa, Fla.


Saturday, October 20, 2012


UF Results Only


Singles, Third Round (Round of 16)

Daneika Borthwick, Florida State d. #49 Alexandra Cercone, Florida, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6

#32 Sofie Oyen (5), Florida d. Melissa Molivar, Miami, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2

#53 Lauren Herring (7), Georgia d. Brianna Morgan, Florida, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5

Makenzie Craft, Georgia d. Danielle Collins (4), Florida, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)



Singles, Consolation First Round (Round of 32)

Olivia JanowIcz, Florida, vs. Catalina Ene, FAU, 6-2, 7-5


Singles, Consolation Second Round (Round of 16)

Olivia JanowIcz, Florida, d. Sarah Means, FGCU, 6-0, 6-1




Doubles, Second Round (Round of 16)

Alexandra Cercone/Caroline Hitimana, Florida d. #24 Loreto Alonso/Ecaterina Vasenina (1), USF, 8-5

Danielle Collins/Olivia Janowicz (4), Florida d. Johanna Sterkel/Bettina Botha, FGCU, 8-2


Doubles, Third Round (Quarterfinals)

Daneika Borthwick/Francesca Segarelli, Florida State d. Alexandra Cercone/Caroline Hitimana, Florida, 8-1

Danielle Collins/Olivia Janowicz (4), Florida d. Lindsey Cable/MavaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell, Stetson, 8-3


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