Friday February 28, 2014Women's Tennis Opens SEC Slate with Strong Win vs. Texas A&M
Brianna Morgan provided the clinching dual match singles win.
Fifth-ranked Florida earned a tough 4-0 against No. 9 Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams held at the Ring Tennis Complex on Friday evening.
The match, which was broadcast on ESPN3 as part of the USTA’s College MatchDay series, began with singles action as part of an experimental format and the Aggies seemed to be in control early.
The Gators did regroup and once the momentum shifted took control of the dual match en route to winning its 126th consecutive home match, while improving to 186-1 all-time at home against SEC opponents.
Senior Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) was the first to finish, posting a 6-3, 6-1 win against Saska Gavrilovska on court three.
Fellow senior Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) followed with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Anna Mamalat on court four and gave Florida a 2-0 lead in the dual match.
Freshman Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) regrouped from a tough first set with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 win against Rutuja Bhosale and sophomore Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) polished off the Gator team victory with a 7-5, 6-3 spot against Ines Deheza.
· UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist: http://youtu.be/mzvs4fbjrsU
· Alexandra Cercone: http://youtu.be/kNgpsQPJuR8
· Brianna Morgan: http://youtu.be/GWutjRrVVJo
Quoting UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist
On his overall impressions of the win:
“I was very pleased. I thought we played really, really. Maybe for the first 15 or 20 minutes, on most courts was not good, which was the same exact scenario we had on Sunday at Stanford. Last week, we were not able to play our way out of it. Today, the different was that we were together and able to handle the first 15 minutes and change the momentum on every court. We got better and stronger the longer it went. That’s our trademark here. We pride ourselves on having a feisty, never-say-die team. I’m really proud of them. They are really committed to the cause and playing together. I thought we were excellent today.”
The Big Time
· The match was one of 10 men’s and women’s dual matches designated by the USTA to be part of the national College MatchDay series.
· This is the second consecutive year College MatchDay has come to Gainesville.
· ESPN3 provided live streaming video and commentary of the dual match
Experimental team match formats being used:
· All six singles matches will be played first – best of three sets, ad-scoring, tiebreaks at 6-all – with each singles match worth one point toward the team total (four points are required to win the team match).
· Once one team reaches four points and clinches the match, the remaining matches will not be completed.
· In the case of a 3-3 tie after the singles matches, three doubles matches – played using 10-point super tiebreakers – will be used to determine the winner in what amounts to college tennis’ version of overtime. The team that wins two of the three doubles matches wins the team match.
· Florida sports an impressive 186-1 all-time home record against SEC opponents (includes all meetings).
Florida vs. SEC Teams
· Florida is an incredible 415-26 all-time against the SEC, including a 350-17 record in regular-season matches (1-0 in 2013-14).
126 and Counting
· Florida is 5-0 at home this season and has extended its overall program-record home winning streak of 125, which includes 21 wins in postseason play (SEC and NCAA Tournament).
· The streak is the longest active home win streak of any NCAA Division I women’s team, in any sport
· The streak is the second-longest active home win streak on any NCAA Division I team, trailing only the run by the Ohio State men’s tennis team
· Florida boasts a remarkable 461-25 all-time home record when playing in Gainesville, including a 5-0 record this season.
· Alexandra Cercone posted career singles win No. 105, while improving to 66-12 all-time in dual match singles play and 28-4 in SEC regular season action
· Sofie Oyen inched closer to the 100-career win plateau with victory No. 95; also improved to 26-2 in SEC singles dual matches
· Brianna Morgan improved to 45-10 in her singles career, including 14-2 in dual matches
· Freshman Kourtney Keegan is now 23-9 in singles overall, including a team-leading 8-3 in dual matches
No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 5 Florida
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Final Score: Florida d. Texas A&M, 4-0
Singles (order of finish: 3, 4, 6, 2*)
1. #7 Olivia Janowicz (UF) vs. #15 Cristina Stancu (TAMU), 2-6, 6-4, 2-1 DNF
2. #24 Brianna Morgan (UF) d. Ines Deheza (TAMU), 7-5, 6-3* [1:47]
3. #27 Alexandra Cercone (UF) d. #57 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU), 6-3, 6-1 [1:17]
4. #34 Sofie Oyen (UF) d. #118 Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-1, 6-3 [1:22]
5. #T-76 Belinda Woolcock (UF) vs. Stefania Hristov (TAMU), 4-6, 2-4 DNF
6. #45 Kourtney Keegan (UF) vs. Rutuja Bhosale, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 [1:42]
Doubles (did not play)
1. #20 Sofie Oyen/ Belinda Woolcock (UF) vs. Stefania Hristov/ Cristina Stancu (TAMU)
2. #34 Kourtney Keegan/ Olivia Janowicz (UF) vs. Ines Deheza/ Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU)
3. Alexandra Cercone/ Brianna Morgan (UF) vs. Rutuja Bhosale/ Anna Mamalat (TAMU)
*indicates clinching dual match win
Records: Florida 9-2, 1-0 SEC … Texas A&M 6-3, 0-1 SEC
Next Gator Match:
When: Sun., March 2 beginning at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla.
Promotions: Post-match autographs with the Gators
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