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Alexandra Cercone advanced to the singles final with two wins on Sunday.

Sunday October 20, 2013W-Tennis' Cercone Advances to ITA Southeast Regional Singles Final

Athens, GA

Alexandra Cercone advanced to the singles final with two wins on Sunday.

Florida’s Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) advanced to the finals at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships at Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex after winning a pair of hard-fought matches on Sunday.

 

The Gator senior began the day having to battle sophomore teammate Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) in the quarterfinals, where she emerged with a  7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2. Cercone, ranked No. 38 in the country, then took down top-seeded and No. 14-ranked Maho Kowase from Georgia, 6-3, 6-4, in the semifinals to log her 98th career singles victory and a spot in the final where she play Georgia’s No. 60 Silvia Garcia at 11 a.m. on Monday.

 

Garcia reached the final after knocking out UF’s Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium), 6-4, 6-4 in their semifinal match.

 

On the doubles court, the Gator freshmen Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) and Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) lost their semifinal contest, 8-6, to Georgia’s Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase.

 

 

Updated draws can be found here: http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women/stats/notes/post/20131020000000.pdf

 

Updated results throughout the day here: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/101713aad.html

 

 

Quotes from the Day:

·         “Alex showed amazing resilience today: first, in playing her teammate and that match was high-level tennis; then in beating Kowase in straight sets.” – UF head coach Roland Thornqvist on Cercone’s two wins Saturday to reach the final

 

·         “This team is certainly showing its great depth this fall.” – UF head coach Roland Thornqvist on his overall assessment of the Gator’s play at the Regional

 

 

2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships

Dan Magill Tennis Complex * Athens, Ga.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

 

Main Doubles - Semifinals
Woodard/Kurey (GT) def. M. Tere-Apisah/Kamoe (GaSt), 8-6
Herring/Kowase (UGA) def. Keegan/Woolcock (UF), 8-6

Singles - Quarterfinals
#14 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. #52 Stephanie Wagner (UM), 6-3, 6-4
#38 Alex Cercone (UF) def. #64 Brianna Morgan (UF), 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2  
#60 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. #37 Abigail Tere-Apisah (GaSt), 7-5, 7-6(4)
#16 Sofie Oyen (UF) def. Lilly Kimbell (UGA), 6-3, 6-2

Singles - Semifinals
#38 Alex Cercone (UF) def. #14 Maho Kowase (UGA), 7-5, 6-1
#60 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. #16 Sofie Oyen (UF), 6-4, 6-4

 

 

The 411 on the Event:

·         What: USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships

·         When: Oct. 18-21

·         Where: Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

·         Gators Competing: all 7 Gators are in Athens and scheduled to compete

·         On the Line: The singles and doubles winners of event earn an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, considered the second leg of the collegiate grand slam.

·         There are five different draws:

o    Main singles (64-player)

o    Main singles consolation (32-player)

o    Main doubles (32-team)

o    B singles (16-player)

 

 

Daily Schedule of Play (subject to change)

Monday, October 21 (11 a.m. start)

Main Singles - Final

Main Singles Consolation - Semifinals

Main Singles Consolation - Finals

Main Doubles - Final

 

 

For all of the latest information on Florida women’s tennis:

Official Website: http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women/

Twitter: @GatorZoneTennis  and  @GatorZoneNews

 

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