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Brianna Morgan won her 15th consecutive singles dual match.

Friday February 7, 2014Women's Tennis Wins Thriller at Virginia in ITA National Team Indoors

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.

Brianna Morgan won her 15th consecutive singles dual match.

The second-ranked and top-seeded Gators earned a hard fought 4-2 over No. 14 Virginia at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in the opening round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by Virginia on Friday evening.

 

Florida advances to the quarterfinals of the 16-team event and plays No. 16 Northwestern on Saturday. The Wildcats posted the lone upset in the first round, knocking off eighth-seeded Texas A&M, 4-3.

 

The doubles team of Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock earned a 6-4 win against eighth-ranked Rachel Pierson and Julia Elbaba to secure the important doubles point for the Gators, who dropped the decision on court three before the tandem of Olivia Janowicz and Kourtney Keegan took a 6-3 win on court two to even the scoring.

 

Virginia quickly evened the team scoring when Elbaba defeated Janowicz on court one, halting the Gator senior’s singles dual match win streak at 18.

 

Senior Alexandra Cercone came right back with a 10-6 third set victory, before the Cavaliers tied the dual match with a victory on court five.

 

Sophomore Brianna Morgan then topped Rachel Pierson, 7-5, 6-4, and gave the Gators a 3-2 lead, as she won her 15th consecutive singles dual match.

 

Woolcock, a freshman, provided the clinching dual match heroics with her 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 win against Marie Faure on court six.

 

UPDATED RECORDS: Florida 5-0 ... Virginia 3-1

 

Quoting UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist

“We played fantastic doubles tonight and we found ways to win on the singles courts against a very, very good Virginia team. It was a great battle and we’re excited about advancing to play a tough Northwestern team on Saturday.”

 

Net Notes

·         UF won the doubles point for the fifth time this year.

·         The Gators are 8-2 all-time against Northwestern, which won the only prior meeting in the National Team Indoors, 4-3, on Feb. 13, 2010, in the quarterfinal round.

·         UF improved to 45-11 all-time in NTI play.

 

Complete Team Results, First Round

·         Florida d. Virginia, 4-2

·         Northwestern 4 def. (8) Texas A&M 3

·         (4) UCLA def. Texas, 4-2

·         (5) USC def. Alabama, 4-3

·         Georgia def. Miami, 4-0

·         (6) Cal def. Clemson, 4-2

·         (7) Duke def. Michigan, 4-2

·         North Carolina def. Vanderbilt, 4-3

 

 

No. 2 Florida at No. 14 Virginia

ITA National Team Indoor Championships, First Round

Charlottesville, Va. * Boar’s Head Sports Club

Friday, February, 7, 2014

 

Final Score: Florida 4, Virginia 2

 

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

1. #32 Sofie Oyen/Belinda Woolcock (FLA) def. #8 Rachel Pierson/Julia Elbaba (VA) 6-4*

2. Olivia Janowicz/Kourtney Keegan (FLA) def. Li Xi/Danielle Collins (VA) 6-3

3. Maci Epstein/Stephanie Nauta (VA) def. Alexandra Cercone/Stefani Stojic (FLA) 6-3

 

Singles (order of finish: 1,2,5,3,6)

1. #11 Julia Elbaba (VA) def. #17 Olivia Janowicz (FLA) 6-0, 6-2

2. #23 Alexandra Cercone (FLA) def. #28 Danielle Collins (VA) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6

3. #18 Brianna Morgan (FLA) def. #43 Rachel Pierson (VA) 7-5, 6-4

4. #85 Stephanie Nauta (VA) vs. #27 Sofie Oyen (FLA) 6-7 (6-8), 6-6, unfinished

5. Maci Epstein (VA) def. #39 Kourtney Keegan (FLA) 6-4, 6-4

6. #36 Belinda Woolcock (FLA) def. Marie Faure (VA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2*

 

NOTES & RECORDS: Florida 5-0 ... Virginia 3-1

 

 

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

 

 

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