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Senior Sofie Oyen and the Gators put their 129-home match win streak on the line.

Thursday April 10, 2014No. 11 Gators Put Record Home Win Streak on Line vs. No. 5 Vanderbilt

Gainesville, Fla.

Senior Sofie Oyen and the Gators put their 129-home match win streak on the line.

No. 11 Florida strives to extend its program-record home win streak of 129 this weekend, beginning with Friday’s match versus No. 5 Vanderbilt. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET at the Ring Tennis Complex, where admission is free.  

 

Florida’s three seniors will be honored on Sunday prior to Florida’s home match versus No. 30 Kentucky. First serve for that final regular-season match will be at 1 p.m. ET.

 

Friday’s Match:

Who:  No. 5 Vanderbilt

When: Fri., April 11 beginning at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Ring Tennis Complex, Gainesville, Fla.

Admission: FREE

Parking: FREE in the UF Law School parking lot

Records: Florida 17-4, 9-2 SEC; Vanderbilt 17-4, 10-1 SEC

 

T-Shirt Time

·         The first 150 fans in attendance on Friday will receive a retro Albert and Alberta tank top.

·         The first 150 fans who attend the Kentucky match on Sunday will receive a free Florida Tennis t-shirt.

 

The Series: Florida vs. Vanderbilt

·         Florida is 45-2 all-time against Vanderbilt, including a 19-0 record in Gainesville.

·         The Gator’s last loss in the series was a 4-3 decision on March 11, 2005. Since that setback, Florida has won the last 14 meetings against the Commodores.

·         The teams met twice last season, with Florida earning the 4-1 win in Nashville to clinch a share of the SEC regular-season title and then posting a 4-1 win in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament five days later.

·         2014 records: Florida is 17-4, 9-2 SEC and Vanderbilt is 17-4, 10-1 SEC.

 

Regular Season Finale:

·         Florida will take on No. 30 Kentucky (15-8, 5-6 SEC) on Sunday, April 13, at 1 p.m. ET at the Ring Tennis Complex, where admission is free.

·         The Wildcats will be coming off a match at South Carolina on Friday.

 

Protecting the Home Court Win Streak

·         Florida (8-0 at home this season) looks to extend its overall program-record home winning streak of 129, which includes 21 wins in postseason play.

·         The streak is the longest active home win streak of any NCAA Division I women’s team, in any sport, and the second-longest active home win streak on any NCAA Division I team.

·         The last time the Gators fell at home was on May 15, 2004, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Miami (Fla.), 4-3.

·         The Gators have won 132 consecutive regular-season home matches.

·         The current regular-season streak is the longest of its kind in program history, passing the 71 in a row compiled from 1994-2001. The last regular-season setback at Linder Stadium was on April 7, 2002, when Georgia defeated Florida, 4-3.

 

The Series: Florida vs. Kentucky

·         Florida is 37-2 all-time against Kentucky, including an 18-0 record in Gainesville.

·         The Gator’s last loss in the series was a 4-3 decision on March 6, 2009.

·         Since that setback in 2009, Florida has won the last four meetings against the Wildcats.

 

Quoting UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist::

On Vanderbilt:

·         “They’re the top of the league. They’re the top of the table going into the last weekend of regular season. They only have one loss. It’s going to be really tough. They’re playing at a high level, and one thing that stands out with this Vanderbilt team is they have pretty much the same type of player, or quality of player, up and down the lineup. There are no holes in their lineup.”

·         “They’re good at all six spots, and if you look at their records, they’ve picked up points at one through six at singles as well as one, two and three in doubles, and so we have to have a collective effort on Friday in order to get it done because they certainly are going to bring it, and plus, they’re playing for an SEC title. I don’t think you have to fire up the Commodores on Friday. We certainly have to be ready for it. Our freshmen have to be mature enough to handle it, and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I think it’s going to be a great match.”

On the seniors closing out their last regular season this weekend:

·         “The seniors, obviously, will have a bittersweet moment on Sunday celebrating what they’ve accomplished here and what they’ve meant to this program. They’ve been part of an unparalled stretch of success, really, in our program’s history, so we’re going to celebrate what they’ve done for us and probably shed a tear or two.”

On the seniors’ growth while at Florida:

·         “There are no words, really, to describe what they’ve meant to our program and meant to me. I have a great relationship with all three. I think I can talk candidly with all three. They all three have great ownership, and they’re unselfish -- they think Florida first. All the little things that you wish you have on your team, these three exemplify.”

·         “They’re obviously great players. Their records speak for themselves, but I think as a group – as a group of three – that’s as good of a senior group we’ve had in years here, and I’ve been really blessed. We’ve all been blessed to have them.”

·         “They’ve all played starring roles, obviously, with three SEC titles, three tournament titles and two national championships, and they’ve played various positions. That’s what I really like about the three of them.”

 

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