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Brianna Morgan improved to 25-5 this season, including 15-1 in career SEC matches.

Sunday April 6, 2014Gators Earn Win at Ole Miss, 4-2

Oxford, MS

Brianna Morgan improved to 25-5 this season, including 15-1 in career SEC matches.

Seventh-ranked Florida completed its weekend trip to the Magnolia State with a 4-2 win against No. 24 Ole Miss at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center early Sunday afternoon.

 

With the threat of rain in the forecast the match began one hour earlier than originally scheduled and play started with singles action with the hope that one school would clinch the dual match prior to needing the doubles point to decide the outcome.

 

Florida obliged as seniors Olivia Janowicz and Sofie Oyen provided the first two singles wins of the match, before the Lady Rebels took two of the next three decisions, with freshman Kourtney Keegan taking the win on court six for a 3-2 Gator lead.

 

Sophomore Brianna Morgan provided the clinching heroics with a 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 victory against Caroline Rohde-Moe moments before rain flooded the courts.

 

Records: Florida 17-4, 9-2 SEC … Ole Miss 11-7, 5-6

 

Numbers of Note

·         This was the first time this season the Gator’s clinching dual match decision came at the No. 1 position.

·         Brianna Morgan won her eighth consecutive singles match, the longest active streak by a Gator.

·         Morgan improved to 25-5 this season, including 15-1 in career SEC matches.

·         Olivia Janowicz won her team-leading 31st singles match of the season (31-7)

·         Kourtney Keegan earned her 28th overall singles win, the second-most on the team; she improved to 13-4 in dual matches, including 6-1 in SEC matches.

 

200-Win Milestone

·         Sofie Oyen won the 200th combined singles and doubles match of her career

·         In the 42-year history of the program Oyen became just the 19th Gator to have ever won as many combined matches in a career.

·         Olivia Janowicz won the 197th combined singles and doubles match of her career

 

Mother Nature Takes Charge

·         Due to the weather forecast in the Oxford area, the match began at 10 a.m. CT instead of the originally planned time of 11 a.m. CT.

·         Singles matches were contested first and the doubles point was not needed to determine the dual match winner.

·         This was the third time this season for the Gators that doubles were not played.

 

Quoting UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist:

·         “Brianna (Morgan) showed great poise at the end of her match to clinch it. After losing the second set she really jumped on the third set early with some big forehands and I was proud to see how she responded after losing that tiebreak.”

 

·         “Overall, I felt like we played okay. This can be a tough place to play. Ole Miss players usually play really well at home and that was the case today. It was really high quality on every court. We equated ourselves well at the end of sets. We showed poised and we were strong at the end of long rallies which is what we’re trying to focus on now in the latter stages of the Spring. It was a great weekend for us.”

 

·         “We’re ready to come home and play a really, really tough Vanderbilt team on Friday. We’ll have to be ready to play great tennis on Friday.”

 

 

Next Gator Match:

·         When: Fri., April 11, 5 p.m.

·         Who: No. 8 Vanderbilt (17-4, 10-2 SEC)

·         Where: Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla.

·         Admission: FREE

·         Promotion: Retro Albert and Alberta Tanks - The first 150 fans in attendance will receive a retro Albert and Alberta tank top!

·         Note: This is the final weekend of regular-season matches before the SEC Tournament. The Gators will honor their three seniors prior to Sunday’s match against Kentucky

 

 

Final Agate:

No. 7 Florida at No. 24 Ole Miss

Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center *Oxford, Miss.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

 

Final: Florida 4, Ole Miss 0


Doubles – did not play
1. Kourtney Keegan/Olivia Janowicz (UF) vs. Erin Stephens/Iris Verboven (OM) no result
2. #20 Sofie Oyen/Belinda Woolcock (UF) vs. Caroline Rohde-Moe/Marija Milutinovic (OM) no result
3. Alexandra Cercone/Brianna Morgan (UF) vs. #76 Zalina Khairudinova/Julia Jones (OM) no result

Singles (order of finish: 2,4,3,6,5,1)
1. #17 Brianna Morgan (UF) def. Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3*
2. #10 Olivia Janowicz (UF) def. Zalina Khairudinova (OM) 6-2, 6-0
3. Julia Jones (OM) def. #23 Alexandra Cercone (UF) 7-5, 6-0
4. #38 Sofie Oyen (UF) def. Mai El Kamash (OM) 6-2, 6-2
5. Erin Stephens (OM) def. #104 Belinda Woolcock (UF) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
6. #53 Kourtney Keegan (UF) def. Iris Verboven (OM) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1

Records: Florida 17-4, 9-2 SEC … Ole Miss 11-7, 5-6

 

 

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