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Freshman Belinda Woolcock is 20-5 in singles action this year, 2-0 in dual matches.

Wednesday February 5, 2014Gators Play host Virginia in National Team Indoors First Round

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.

Freshman Belinda Woolcock is 20-5 in singles action this year, 2-0 in dual matches.



The second-ranked Gators (4-0) travel to Charlottesville, Va., to play in the 27th annual National Team Indoor Championships for the first time in three years.

 

Florida, the top seed in the 16-team event, drew host Virginia for its opening round match held at the Boar’s Head Sports Club and first serve on Friday will be at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET, with it being the fourth dual match on court Friday.

 

UF History at the National Team Indoors

·         This is the 16th time the Gators have competed in the National Team Indoor Championships.

·         Florida sports a 44-11 all-time record competing at the National Team Indoor Championships.

·         The Gators have not competed in the event since the 2010-11 season, when they finished runner-up to Stanford.

·         This is just the fifth time in 12 years under Coach Thornqvist UF will be competing in National Team Indoors.

·         UF has won the event six times since its inception in 1988 (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999).

·         The Gators have finished as the runner-up team five times (1989, 1993, 1994, 2003 and 2011).

·         Other finishes include third in 1990, fifth in 1995, and a 1-2 record in both 2009 and 2010.

 

The Series: Florida vs. Virginia

·         Florida leads the all-time series, 2-0

·         The last meeting between the Gators and Cavaliers was on March 17, 1979, earning a 7-2 win in Gainesville.

·         The first-ever meeting was a 6-3 Gator win on March 21, 1977 in Charlottesville.

 

Cercone and Janowicz Join 100-Singles Wins Club

·         Senior Alexandra Cercone became the 26th Gator to win 100 singles matches in her career.

·         Cercone gained her 100th singles win in a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Baylor’s Victoria Kisialeva on Feb.1, 2014, in a dual match in Waco, Texas.

·         Senior Olivia Janowicz became the 25th Gator to win 100 singles matches in her career.

·         Janowicz’s milestone singles victory was a 6-2, 6-1 win against Bethune-Cookman’s Mina Magsuba on Oct. 12, 2013, in Gainesville during the Bedford Cup.

 

Numbers of Note

·         Olivia Janowicz enters the National Team Indoor Championships having won her last 18 singles matches in dual match play

·         Brianna Morgan has won her last 14 singles dual matches

 

VIDEO PREVIEW:

·         UF head coach Roland Thornqvist: http://youtu.be/JFFpbdfcQds

 

·         Freshman Kourtney Keegan and senior Olivia Janowicz: http://youtu.be/nJExVzFKZBY

 

 

Quotes from the Court

UF head coach Roland Thornqvist on the National Team Indoor Championships

“It’s nice to have our own indoor facility. It’s actually 80-degrees here right now (Tuesday) and we’re getting ready to practice indoors. In past years, the Florida style of play has been more conducive to outdoor play. This year’s team is a little different. We hit the ball a little flatter and with a little more pop which translates to better play indoors on quicker surfaces. I actually told the team after playing at Baylor (Feb. 1 indoors) that I felt really good about this team playing indoors. Some years, I’ve had some butterflies in my stomach when we had to move in to play, but this team is different. They like hitting the ball. They like playing shorter points. Perhaps, this year we have to make a bigger transition when the weather becomes more humid. As of right now, we’re excited to head up to Virginia. The field is tough but if we play well, we’ll have a chance.”

 

Thornqvist on senior Alexandra Cercone, who recently won her 100th career singles match

“Alex has played either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot this year for the first time in her career and she has really embraced that role. She’s worked very, very hard in her approach and any time you reach the 100-win platform it’s remarkable. She’s been remarkably consistent throughout her four years here. She has provided great leadership up front along with Olivia (Janowicz) so that all our first-years have to do is look at those two and Sofie (Oyen) and follow along. Alex with 100 wins, we’re really very proud.”

 

 

Meet the 2013-14 Gators:

·         Alexandra Cercone: 5-5, Sr., Seminole, Fla.

·         Olivia Janowicz: 5-6, Sr., Palm Bay, Fla.

·         Kourtney Keegan: 5-11, Fr., Roswell, Ga.

·         Brianna Morgan: 5-8, So., Beverly Hills, Calif.

·         Sofie Oyen: 5-3, Sr., Leopoldsburg, Belgium

·         Stefani Stojic: 5-7, Fr., St. Albans, Victoria, Australia

·         Belinda Woolcock: 5-7, Fr., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

·         Head Coach: Roland Thornqvist (UNC ’96, 13th year at UF; 18th overall)

·         Associate Head Coach: Dave Balogh (Florida ’96, 14th year at UF)

 

The National Team Indoor Championships at a Glance

·         What: No. 2 Florida (4-0) at 2014 National Team Indoor Championships

·         When: Fri., February 7 – Mon., February 10

·         Where: Boar’s Head Tennis Club, Charlottesville, Va.

·         Basic Info: The 15 winners of the two-match ITA Kick-Off Weekend held around the country, plus host Virginia, compete in the national event.

·         The 16-Team field (ITA National Ranking): Florida (2), North Carolina (3), Georgia (4), UCLA (5), Southern California (6), Texas A&M (7), California (8), Miami (9), Duke (10), Michigan (11), Alabama (12), Clemson (13), Virginia (14), Vanderbilt (15), Northwestern (16) and Texas (17)

·         Defending champion: North Carolina

·         Main Event Website: http://www.itatennis.com/Events/ITANationalChampionships/DIWomensTeamIndoors.htm

·         Live Scoring and Video (FREE): http://www.virginiasports.com

 

 

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

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

Twitter: @GatorZoneTennis

 

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