Sunday January 26, 2014Florida Captures 4-0 Victory in ITA Kick-Off Championship Match
Florida freshman Stefani Stojic clinched singles play for the second day in a row as the No. 2 University of Florida women’s tennis team swept Harvard 4-0 in the championship match of the 2014 ITA Kick-Off at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on Sunday.
Stojic was unable to finish her doubles match but pulled the Gators through in singles competition with a 6-3, 6-3, defeat over Harvard’s Sylvia Li as Florida improved to 2-0 in dual matches on the year.
The Gators took the first two doubles matches, as senior Sofie Oyen and freshman Kourtney Keegan sealed it for Florida with a 6-4 defeat over Spencer Liang and Monica Lin.
In singles play, the Orange and Blue captured three-consecutive matches in straight sets. Oyen put away Hannah Morrill 6-0, 6-0 in just 34 minutes of action to edge the Crimson by a score of 2-0. Keegan then earned the third point of the day for the Gators after defeating Amanda Lin 6-0, 6-0, on court five.
Stojic followed with her victory on court six just before senior Olivia Janowicz and Liang were about to battle it out in a tie break. Janowicz dropped the first set, 2-6 but rallied from behind to take the second set, 6-4.
Quotes from the Court:
UF coach Roland Thornqvist on today’s performance:
“I thought we played much better today than we did yesterday. Much, much better. We talked about it after the match yesterday. Overall, playing the first time yesterday we knew it was going to be a little quirky, and it was. I thought today, for the most part, was an improvement over yesterday. We couldn’t hit the ball in the ocean for a little bit on a couple spots but some of that was because Harvard did a good job. Then we did settle down and where we lost first sets, we split and we looked a lot better at the end of the match then we did at the beginning, which is what you ultimately hope to achieve.”
On Keegan and Oyen’s performance:
“Well, watching the doubles match the first 10 minutes wasn’t as good as it should have been but after that I thought they settled down and moved better. I think they played very, very well together. They’re very creative when they play, they have great power, and both of them obviously and can finish at the net. After the first ten minutes I thought they settled down and I thought they were excellent. Then, obviously in singles they were like a choo-choo train. You couldn’t stop them. They were coming after you. Not only were they very good offensively, but I thought they made very few errors on top of that. When they play like that they’re awfully hard to beat.”
On Stojic’s debut weekend:
“I’m very proud of her. I can’t even explain to you the strides she has made since we started practicing in August. She’s very fast and she’s learning to use her athleticism now when she competes. That’s going to make her very difficult to beat. If she doesn’t beat herself, then it’s going to take somebody to have to put the ball away for two hours and playing at six in college, there are not that many players at the sixth position that can execute like that over and over again. I think Stefani is learning to manage her game and to utilize her strengths and that’s primarily what her physical ability is in.”
· 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, Harvard 0
Doubles (order of finish: 2, 1*)
1. Brianna Morgan/Olivia Janowicz, UF d. June Lee/Hannah Morrill, HU, 6-1 (:26)
2. Kourtney Keegan/Sofie Oyen, UF d. Spencer Liang/Monica Lin, HU, 6-4 (:38)
3. Alexandra Cercone/Stefani Stojic, UF led Amy He/Amanda Lin, HU, 4-3 DNF
Singles (order of finish: 4, 5, 6*)
1. Olivia Janowicz (17), UF tied Spencer Liang, HU, 2-6, 6-4 DNF
2. Alexandra Cercone (23), UF led Monica Lin, HU, 7-5 DNF
3. Brianna Morgan (18) , UF trailed June Lee, HU, 6-2, 0-5 DNF
4. Sofie Oyen (27), UF d. Hannah Morrill, HU, 6-0, 6-0 (:34)
5. Kourtney Keegan (39), UF d. Amanda Lin, HU, 6-0, 6-0 (1:02)
6. Stefani Stojic , UF d. Sylvia Li, HU, 6-3, 6-3 (1:12)
*indicates clinching point/dual match victory
RECORDS: Florida 2-0; Harvard 1-1
Louisville defeated Missouri 4-0 in the consolation match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
The Cardinals clinched the doubles and the singles victory on straight sets, as the entire match lasted just 1:35.
Florida will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 29 as they host in-state foe UCF at 3 p.m.
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