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Freshman Stefani Stojic won her fifth consecutive singles match.

Saturday February 22, 2014Gators Begin West Coast Trip with Win vs. Saint Mary's

Stanford, CA

Freshman Stefani Stojic won her fifth consecutive singles match.

The fifth-ranked Gators earned an impressive 4-0 win against Saint Mary’s College on Saturday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif.

 

Florida (7-1) next turns its attention to one of its biggest national rivals Stanford (6-0), which plays host to the big regular-season match on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET (Noon PT). One of the two programs has won the last four NCAA team titles, squaring off against each other in two of those final bouts.

 

On Saturday, the Gators jumped out to win the doubles point and put the early pressure on the Gales.

 

Florida continued to press and earned wins on the first three singles matches to complete, with freshman Stefani Stojic, senior Alexandra Cercone and freshman Kourtney Keegan providing straight set victories to secure the dual match which was halted once the outcome had been decided.

 

The Series: Florida vs. St. Mary’s

·         Saturday’s match was the first ever meeting between the two programs on the tennis court

·         Saint Mary’s lost to Stanford, 5-2, on Thursday at Stanford

 

Numbers of Note

·         Freshman Kourtney Keegan earned her 22nd singles victory of the year, tied for the second most on the team behind Olivia Janowicz’s 25 wins.

·         Keegan provided the clinching dual match win for the second straight match.

·         Stefani Stojic won her fifth straight singles match and improved to 5-0 in dual match action.

·         Senior Alexandra Cercone improved to 65-11 in career dual match singles play.

·         Brianna Morgan enters the Stanford match having won her last 17 singles matches in dual match play; Morgan led her match on Saturday but did not finish.

 

 

Quoting UF head coach Roland Thornqvist:

On the Gator’s doubles performance:

·         “We played really well. We were very aggressive in doubles. We’re starting to have a very good net presence and I’m very happy about that.

 

In singles action:

·         “In singles, we got off to a good start on most courts but even on the courts where it was tightly contested, I thought we showed great composure and iron will to break through to win those first sets.

 

General thoughts on the win:

·         Overall, this was a great performance for us. If we can continue to be as feisty tomorrow, we’re hoping to make it a good match against the heavy favorite and defending NCAA champions.”

 

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)

 

Final Agate:

No. 5 Florida vs. No. 38 Saint Mary’s College

Taube Family Tennis Center, Stanford, Ca.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

 

FINAL: Florida d. Saint Mary’s, 4-0

 

Singles (Order of finish: 6, 2, 5*)

1. #11 Olivia Janowicz (UF) vs. #13 Jenny Jullien (SMC), 7-6, 1-2 DNF

2. #29 Alexandra Cercone (UF) d. #46 Jamie Pawid (SMC), 6-2, 6-2

3. #14 Brianna Morgan (UF) vs. Danielle Flores (SMC), 6-4, 2-2 DNF

4. #38 Belinda Woolcock UF) vs. Catherine Leduc (SMC), 6-6 DNF

5. #34 Kourtney Keegan (UF) d. Jade Frampton (SMC), 6-0, 6-2*

6. Stefani Stojic (UF) d. Elizabeth Searl (SMC), 6-1, 6-1

 

Doubles (order of finish: 1, 2*)

1. #14 Sofie Oyen/Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. Danielle Flores/Parminder Kaur (SMC), 8-4

2. Kourtney Keegan/Brianna Morgan (UF) d. Jenny Jullien/Jamie Pawid (SMC), 8-4*

3. Olivia Janowicz/Stefani Stojic (UF) vs. Jade Frampton/Catherine Leduc (SMC), 6-3 DNF

 

Records: Florida 8-1 … Saint Mary’s College 3-4

 

 

 

Next Gator Match

·         What: No. 5 Florida (8-1) at No. 3 Stanford (6-0)

·         When: Sun., February 23 at 3 p.m. ET

·         Where: Taube Family Tennis Center, Stanford, Ca.

 

The Series: Florida vs. Stanford

·         Stanford leads the all-time series against Florida, 18-13.

·         Of the 31 prior meetings between the two schools, last year’s planned regular-season meeting on February 24, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla., (that Florida won 4-2), was just the fourth time ever Florida and Stanford played a regular-season, non-tournament match. The first contest was on March 31, 1989, also in Gainesville, where the top-ranked Cardinal prevailed 5-4 against the second-ranked Gators.

·         Two of the last four NCAA Championship final matches featured the Gators against the Cardinal, with Stanford winning 4-3 in 2010 and Florida earning the 4-3 decision in Palo Alto for the 2011 national championship and halting the Cardinal’s NCAA record 184-match home winning streak that spanned from 1999-2011.

·         The two teams most recently met in the 2013 NCAA Semifinals, where Stanford defeated the Gators 4-3 en route to winning the NCAA title. Florida nearly overcame a 3-0 deficit but couldn’t complete its rally to gain a bid to what would have been the Gators’ third consecutive NCAA title match.

·         Stanford also leads the series in NCAA Championships action, where the Cardinal hold the 10-3 advantage over the Gators, including a 6-3 edge in the final.

 

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