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Sofie Oyen reached the semifinals of the National Indoor Championships

Friday November 9, 2012Sofie Oyen Highlighted Friday's Play by Advancing to Semifinals at National Indoors

Flushing, NY

Sofie Oyen reached the semifinals of the National Indoor Championships

The University of Florida’s Sofie Oyen advanced to the semifinals of singles draw at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships held at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center on Friday.


The Gator junior earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Stanford’s Krista Hardebeck, the nation’s top-ranked freshman and fourth-seeded player in the draw in the round of 16, before downing Georgia’s eighth-seeded Lauren Herring, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.


“Sofie was super aggressive and was able to make a key adjustment after losing the second set,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “Mentally, she was really tough.”


Gator senior Lauren Embree wasn’t as fortunate in her round of 16 match, where she lost to California’s Zsofi Susanyi, 6-1, 6-1, while freshman Danielle Collins fell to Tennessee’s Brynn Boren, 7-5, 6-1.


Oyen will play California’s 22nd-ranked Anett Schutting in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. The other semifinal match features Susanyi and UCLA’s Robin Anderson.


Four other Gators were in action on Friday in Lakewood, Fla., where they competed at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic.


Alexandra Cercone, Brianna Morgan and Caroline Hitimana each won two matches and advanced to the quarterfinals, while Olivia Janowicz lost in the second round on Friday.


Cercone, the No. 1 seed in the 32-player draw, defeated East Tennessee’s Lynn Ye Choo, 6-0, 6-1 and Memphis’ Skylar Kuykendall, 6-2, 6-0. Morgan topped East Tennessee’s Antonia Kolovou, 6-2, 6-2 and Memphis’ Kelly Gray, 6-0, 6-2. Hitimana earned an impressive 6-1, 6-0 win against Mississippi State’s Sarai Flores before downing Alabama’s Natalia Maynetto, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.


Janowicz opened with a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Alabama’s Yasmeen Ebada before falling to Memphis’ Liza Tymchenko, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.


Cercone plays Alabama’s Maya Jansen, Morgan takes on Memphis’ Alyssa Hibberd and Hitimana faces Mississippi State’s Georgiana Patrasc in their respective quarterfinal matches on Saturday.


Ken Thomas of will be on site at the National Indoors providing a live broadcast beginning at 10:15 am ET each day.


This is the third year for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to be held at the home of the US Open. In an effort to draw more awareness to the event, this year’s Championships was pushed back a week to not conflict with the annual New York City Marathon. That decision proved to be a wise one with Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast early last week.


For complete coverage of the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, including access to draws, live scores and more, please visit the official ITA event page. Follow the ITA on Twitter, @ITAtennis, for updates and news from Flushing. Use the hashtag #NationalIndoors for all tweets in regards to the event, or search the term "NationalIndoors" to find others who are tweeting from the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 8-11.


The remaining four Gators begin action at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Claycourt Tennis Tournament that begins Friday in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Athletes from Alabama, Miami, Memphis, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Tennessee are scheduled to compete in the three-day singles and doubles event. Action is scheduled to being at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.


2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships

USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.


Friday, November 9, 2012


UF results only


Singles, Round of 16

#37 Zsofi Susanyi, California def. #6 Lauren Embree (1), Florida, 6-1, 6-1

#18 Brynn Boren, Tennessee def. Danielle Collins, Florida, 7-5, 6-1

#32 Sofie Oyen, Florida def. Krista Hardebeck (4), Stanford, 6-3, 6-4


Singles, Quarterfinals

#32 Sofie Oyen, Florida def.#53 Lauren Herring (8), Georgia, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3



2012 Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic

Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

Lakewood, Fla.


UF results only


Singles, First Round (Round of 32)

#49 Alexandra Cercone, Florida def. Lynn Ye Choo, East Tennessee, 6-0, 6-1

Brianna Morgan, Florida def. Antonia Kolovou, East Tennessee, 6-2, 6-2

Olivia Janowicz, Florida def. Yasmeen Ebada, Alabama, 6-2, 6-0

#78 Caroline Hitimana, Florida def. Sarai Flores, Mississippi State, 6-1, 6-0


Singles, Second Round (Round of 16)

#49 Alexandra Cercone, Florida def. Skylar Kuykendall, Memphis, 6-2, 6-0

Brianna Morgan, Florida def. Kelly Gray, Memphis, 6-0, 6-2

Liza Tymchenko, Memphis def. Olivia Janowicz, Florida 4-6, 6-4, 7-6

#78 Caroline Hitimana, Florida def. Natalia Maynetto, Alabama, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1


Doubles, First Round (Round of 16)

Alexandra Cercone/Brianna Morgan, Florida def. Fotopoulos/Grace, Tennessee, 8-6

Caroline Hitimana/Olivia Janowicz, Florida def. Zabor/Maynetto, Alabama, 8-5



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