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Saturday January 25, 2014Gators Defeat Louisville, 4-0, in Season Opener

Gainesville, Fla.

Senior Sofie Oyen

Kourtney Keegan, Sofie Oyen and Stefani Stojic each won both their doubles match and a singles match to help Florida win its 30th consecutive season-opener with a 4-0 victory against Louisville on Saturday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The match was part of the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

 

Louisville won the first doubles match, but the tandems of Keegan and Oyen along with Alexandra Cercone and Stojic took the final two doubles matches to win the doubles point for the Gators.

 

In singles competition, Florida won three of its matches in straight sets to seal its first dual match victory of the season. Keegan finished her match first, defeating Louisville’s Elle Stokes, 6-0, 6-3, and pushing Florida to a 2-0 advantage.

 

Oyen took the third point of the match after beating Rebecca Bodine, 6-1, 6-2, on court four. Stojic defeated Olivia Boesing, 6-4, 6-1, and narrowly beating Cercone for bragging rights as the clinch point for the Gators’ victory. Cercone, who played the No. 1 spot for the first time in her career as a Gator, was in the middle of a tiebreak that would have decided the outcome of her match when Stojic won her single match and sealed the win for Florida.

 

The Gators will face Harvard in the championship final on Sunday at 10 a.m. to conclude the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

 

Quotes from the Court:

UF head coach Roland Thornqvist on the Gators performance:

“Today was day of a lot of firsts. We had three players who had never put on a jersey before so there were some built-in challenges to begin with for us. We got in a whole in doubles, clearly we can play better there at spots. What I do like about it is the fact that when we got in a hole, we played out of it. I thought our three team showed great composure at the end and won that set to give us the point. And then in singles there were some positives and some things we need to work on. I thought our freshman, if you point out anything in particular, I thought they really handled themselves well today. Although I wanted Alex (Cercone) to be able to finish, I was happy to see Stefanie (Stojic) as a first year player was the one to get the win for us. Overall, I’m pretty pleased. We’re 1-0 and we feel like we’re in the tournament now.”

 

Experimental Scoring:

·         New ITA experimental scoring rules will be used, so doubles matches will be played to 6 instead of 8 and singles matches will use super-tiebreakers for all third sets.

 

FINAL SCORE: Florida 4, Louisville 0

 

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

1. Koutney Keegan/Sofie Oyen, UF d. Becca Shine/Manuela Velasquez, UL, 6-3 (:31)

2. Julia Fellerhoff/Olivia Boesing, UL d. Brianna Morgan/Belinda Woolcock, UF. 6-2 (:23)

3. Alexandra Cercone/Stefani Stojic, UF d. Cassie Pough/Elle Stokes, UL, 6-4 (:37)

 

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

1. Alexandra Cercone (23), UF led Becca Shine, UL, 3-6, 6-2, (6-2) DNF

2. Brianna Morgan (18), UF led Julia Fellerhoff, UL, 6-3, 4-4 DNF

3. Kourtney Keegan (39), UF d. Elle Stokes, UL, 6-0, 6-3 (1:04)

4. Sofie Oyen (27), UF d. Rebecca Bodine, UL, 6-1, 6-2 (1:18)

5. Belinda Woolcock (36), UF led Cassie Pough, UL, 7-6 (7-5), 3-0 DNF

6. Stefani Stojic, UF d. Olivia Boesing, UL, 6-4, 6-1 (1:25)

 

RECORDS: Florida 1-0; Louisville 0-1

 

*indicates clinching doubles point/dual match victory

 

Other Matches:

Harvard defeated Missouri 4-0 in the other first round matchup of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

 

Harvard clinched the doubles victory after a tie break from court two where June Lee and Hannah Morrill took the game 7-6 (7-5) from Rachel Stuhlmann and Madison Rhyner. The Crimson went on to clinch singles with three-straight wins as Amanda Lin on court six put it away for Harvard, 6-2, 6-1.

 

SCHEDULE OF PLAY:

Sunday

Consolation Final: Louisville v. Missouri – 9 a.m.

Championship Final: Harvard v. Florida – 10 a.m.

 

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