Friday April 11, 2014Gators Drop No. 5 Vanderbilt, Protect Home Win Streak
Belinda Woolcock's singles win gave the Gators a 2-0 lead.
The No. 11-ranked Gators won a thrilling doubles point and used that to snap No. 5 Vanderbilt’s seven-match win streak while extending their record home win streak to 130 matches with a 4-0 victory at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on Friday.
Florida’s Alexandra Cercone and Brianna Morgan won their doubles match, 8-2, on court three and the other two matches went to a tiebreak. Vanderbilt took the win on court two, leaving the showcase court to determine the crucial doubles point.
Senior Olivia Janowicz was paired with freshman Kourtney Keegan on court one, where Vanderbilt earned a break in the 11th game of the eight-game pro-set and the remainder of the frame was on serve and entered a tiebreak. The Commodores jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the breaker, before the Gators won four straight points to take a 5-3 lead. Vandy evened it up at 5-all, but UF claimed a mini-break and Keegan used her powerful serve to help win the breaker 7-5 and the doubles point.
Vanderbilt came out refocused for singles play and took early leads on all six courts, but the Gators settled and claimed four first sets, as Belinda Woolcock, Cercone and Morgan earned straight-set victories to secure the dual match win.
POSTMATCH VIDEO INTERVIEWS:
· Head Coach Roland Thornqvist: http://youtu.be/fQvcV2VlhuM
· Sophomore Brianna Morgan: http://youtu.be/4LajNCLyt94
130 and Counting
· Florida improved to 9-0 at home this season and extended its overall program-record home winning streak of 130, 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 NCAA-record-setting run by the Ohio State men’s tennis team.
· Florida won its 82nd consecutive home match against SEC foes; improved to 191-1 all-time at home vs. SEC opponents.
· Brianna Morgan won her team-leading ninth consecutive singles match.
· Alexandra Cercone won 6-3, 6-1 and handed Vandy’s Marie Casares her first dual match loss of the year; Casares entered Friday with a 17-0 record.
Janowicz Wins 199th Career Match
· Olivia Janowicz earned wins on the singles and doubles courts on Friday and has won 199 combined singles and doubles matches in her career.
· 19 Gators have won 200 combined career matches, most recently classmate Sofie Oyen
Milestone Watch for Coach
· Friday’s win was Roland Thornqvist’s 395 career head coaching victory; he is 395-88 in his 18-year head coaching career.
· Thornqvist’s 13-year record at UF is 320-38.
Numbers of Note
· Florida won the doubles point for the 13th time this season; 13-0 dual match record when doing so.
· Freshman Kourtney Keegan won her team-leading 31st doubles match this season.
· Olivia Janowicz won her 75th career doubles match, as well as her 20th this year.
· Brianna Morgan improved to 16-1 in career SEC singles dual matches; 22-2 overall in dual match play.
Quoting UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist:
On doubles play:
· “I thought we handled ourselves really well in doubles. We changed a few things philosophically in doubles with this team during the last month and it’s starting to make a difference in our service games. We’re going to continue to work on these little things that we’ve been tweaking so that we keep getting better and better. I think our players really sense that we’re improving every week we play doubles and that’s a really neat feeling.”
On the deciding doubles match:
· “What’s interesting is that they got the lead by being very aggressive, taking balls down the line, going for shots, deciding to poach and cross a lot. We lost the lead when we stopped doing that. We basically just put the ball in the box and Vanderbilt closed and poached. I thought the tiebreaker was sort of a mini-tiebreaker, as well. The times we decided to be decisive, we won the point and when we didn’t, they won. Kourtney (Keegan) made a huge backhand and a volley sealed it. We got a little lucky with the let cord but it tells them that when we do have courage and do the right thing, we get rewarded.”
On singles play:
· “I thought we were really strong in singles. Now we’re starting to be physical when we need to. We can hold onto the ball and play fast when we’re supposed to. I told the team after the match that this was one of the better days we’ve had changing momentum within points and also changing tactics. I was very pleased.”
· “This Vanderbilt team was 10-1 coming in here and you can see why. You really have to beat them, they aren’t going to give you much.”
Updated Records: Florida: 18-4, 10-2 SEC … Vanderbilt: 17-5, 10-2 SEC
No. 5 Vanderbilt at No. 11 Florida
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex
Friday, April 11, 2014
Final: Florida 4, Vanderbilt 0
Doubles (order of finish: 3, 2, 1*)
1. #26 Olivia Janowicz/ Kourtney Keegan (UF) d. #32 Courtney Colton/ Lauren Mira (VU), 8-7 (7-5) [1:20]
2. #40 Ashleigh Antal/ Sydney Campbell (VU) d. #24 Sofie Oyen/ Belinda Woolcock (UF), 8-7 (7-5)* [1:11]
3. Alexandra Cercone/ Brianna Morgan (UF) d. #58 Frances Altick/ Marie Casares (VU), 8-2 [1:07]
Singles (order of finish: 5, 3, 1*)
1. #15 Brianna Morgan (UF) d. #67 Sydney Campbell (VU), 6-3, 6-2* [1:50]
2. #9 Olivia Janowicz (UF) vs. #62 Frances Altick (VU) 4-6, 1-0 DNF
3. #29 Alexandra Cercone (UF) d. #99 Marie Casares (VU), 6-3, 6-1 [1:31]
4. #58 Sofie Oyen (UF) vs. #85 Courtney Colton (VU), 3-6, 6-3, 0-2 DNF
5. #81 Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. Ashleigh Antal (VU), 6-3, 6-2 [1:28]
6. #55 Kourtney Keegan (UF) vs. Lauren Mira (VU), 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 DNF
Records: Florida: 18-4, 10-2 SEC … Vanderbilt: 17-5, 10-2 SEC
Next Match – Regular-Season Finale!
Who: No. 30 Kentucky
When: Sun., April 13 beginning at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla.
Records: Florida 18-4, 10-2 SEC; Kentucky 15-7, 5-6 SEC (UK played at South Carolina Friday)
Senior Day: UF’s three seniors will be honored in a prematch ceremony
Promotion: T-shirt Giveaway - The first 150 fans in attendance receive a free Florida Tennis t-shirt!
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.
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