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The team of Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock clinched the doubles point for the Gators.

Sunday March 30, 2014Gators Improve to 190-1 at Home vs. SEC in Sweep Over LSU

Gainesville, Fla.

The team of Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock clinched the doubles point for the Gators.



The Gators started a little slow on the doubles court, but once they found their stroke they overpowered LSU, 4-0, at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

 

Florida won its 81st consecutive home match against Southeastern Conference opponents, while extending its overall home winning streak to 129, the longest active streak of any NCAA Division I women’s team in any sport.

 

The Gators started slow on the doubles court, as LSU jumped out to early breaks on courts two and three. Florida’s Kourtney Keegan and Olivia Janowicz, playing on the number one court for the first time, never dropped serve and earned an 8-2 victory for the first individual win of the afternoon.

 

On court two, Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock earned their first break on court two in the sixth game and Oyen held to get the 8-game pro-set back on-serve at 4-3. Woolcock held at love in the ninth game and the Gator pair carried that momentum into the next game for its second break. Oyen held and the Gators captured one final break to take the 8-4 win and clinch the doubles point.

 

Florida was just as focused on the singles courts, where Brianna Morgan, Olivia Janowicz and Alexandra Cercone provided straight-set wins to close out the sweep.

 

All the Singles Lades

·         Morgan was serving with a 4-3 lead when her opponent Joana Vale Costa retired with an injury.

·         Janowicz defeated Noel Scott 6-2, 6-1 and won her team-leading 30th singles match of the season and improved to 30-7 overall, including 5-1 in SEC dual matches this season and 31-3 in her SEC dual match career.

·         Cercone downed Gabrielle Otero 6-2, 6-1 and provided the clinching dual match victory.

·         In the first set of Cercone’s match, the Gator senior earned a break in the seventh game and held for a 5-2 lead before taking another break to seal the first frame. She then jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second and never looked back en route to her 20th singles win of the year.

 

POSTMATCH VIDEO

·         UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist:  http://youtu.be/-l7l3K6HSn4

·         Senior Alexandra Cercone:  http://youtu.be/Cplq5f5BEH8

 

Kids Clinic Photo Gallery

·         Check out the fun from the postmatch Kids Clinic: http://on.fb.me/1jMx9fi

 

Double the Fun

·         The Gators won the doubles point for the 11th time this year and improved to 11-0 when capturing the doubles point.

·         Kourtney Keegan and Olivia Janowicz played the No. 1 position for the first time

·         Keegan and Janowicz improved to 11-2 as a team

·         Keegan won her team-best 29th doubles match this season

·         Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock halted their three-match losing streak with an 8-4 win and clinched the doubles point for UF.

·         UF’s Alexandra Cercone and Brianna Morgan led 7-3 on court three when play was abandoned

 

Familiar Face

·         LSU Head Coach Julia (Scaringe) Sell was a senior on Florida’s 2003 NCAA championship team.

 

No Place Like Home

·         The win was Florida’s 129th consecutive home victory.

·         The win streak is the longest active run of any NCAA Division I women’s team in any sport.

·         The streak includes 21 postseason wins (SEC and NCAA Tournament).

·         The victory also was UF’s 132nd straight regular-season win at home.

 

At Home vs. SEC

·         The Gators improved to 190-1 all-time at home against SEC teams.

·         UF has won 81 consecutive home matches against SEC teams.

 

Quoting UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist:

General thoughts on the win:

·         “I liked what I saw. I thought we played really well in doubles. We set the tone there. Our one doubles team, in particular, was absolutely outstanding. They served well, they returned well. They were relentless at the net. Our two team, it was the most of seen us in weeks getting a hold of first balls at the net so we did a good job pinching the middle. Three doubles made a lot of returns and first serves, which is what we’ve been stressing as far as doubles is concerned. That set a great tone for us.

 

·         “I thought we were excellent in singles, as well. We had high ball tolerance when we needed to, we were aggressive on those courts where we were able to move forward so overall, I was very pleased.”

 

On the doubles team of Keegan and Janowicz:

·         “They are playing at the highest level now, you could see that today. They have a tremendous amount of confidence and they can play three-strike tennis in doubles.”

 

 

Final Agate:

No. 49 LSU at No. 4 Florida

Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

 

Final: Florida 4, LSU 0

 

Doubles (order of finish: 1, 2*)

1. Olivia Janowicz/Kourtney Keegan (37), UF vs. Skylar Holloway/ Gabrielle Otero, LS, 8-2 [:34]

2. Sofie Oyen (20)/Belinda Woolcock (20), UF vs. Abigail Owens/ Joana Vale Costa, LS, 8-4* [:46]

3. Alexandra Cercone/Brianna Morgan, UF vs. Noel Scott/ Ella Taylor, LS, 7-3 DNF

 

Singles (order of finish: 1, 2, 4*

1. Brianna Morgan (17), UF d. Joana Vale Costa (88), LS, 4-3 retired [:35]

2. Olivia Janowicz (10), UF d. Noel Scott, LS, 6-2, 6-1 [1:02]

3. Sofie Oyen (38), UF vs. Abigail Owens, LS, 6-1, 4-4 DNF

4. Alexandra Cercone (23), UF d. Gabrielle Otero, LS, 6-2, 6-1* [1:10]

5. Belinda Woolcock (104), UF vs. Ella Taylor, LS 6-5 DNF

6. Stefani Stojic, UF vs. Skylar Holloway, LS 4-6, 0-1 DNF

 

Records: Florida 15-4, 7-2 SEC … LSU 9-10, 2-8 SEC

*clinching dual match win

 

 

Next Gator Matches:

·         When: Friday, April 4 and Sunday, April 6

·         Where: Starkville, Miss., and Oxford, Miss.

·         Who: No. 75 Mississippi State and No. 26 Ole Miss

 

 

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