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The Gators honored their three seniors with a 4-1 win against Kentucky.

Sunday April 13, 2014Gators Cap Regular Season with Win vs. Kentucky

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators honored their three seniors with a 4-1 win against Kentucky.



As they have been throughout their distinguished careers, Florida’s three seniors were instrumental in Sunday’s 4-1 win against Kentucky at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex in the regular-season finale for both teams.

 

Alexandra Cercone and Sofie Oyen captured wins in their respective doubles matches, while Olivia Janowicz won a hard-fought singles match that proved to be the clinching dual match victory, as well as the 200th combined singles and doubles win of her career.

 

The Gators captured the doubles point, before freshman Belinda Woolcock and sophomore Brianna Morgan added singles victories that stretched UF’s lead to 3-0.

 

Kentucky prevented the dual match shutout with a win on court three, but Janowicz polished off the victory with her team-leading 32nd singles win of the season.

 

What’s Next:

·         The Gators will travel to Columbia, Mo., to compete in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, April 16-20, hosted by the University of Missouri.

 

Postmatch Interviews:

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

·         UF’s Three Seniors: http://youtu.be/RNilhuqtOmI

 

Senior Salute

UF’s Three Seniors: Alexandra Cercone, Olivia Janowicz and Sofie Oyen

WATCH the Senior Day Presentation: http://youtu.be/by34vUqN3lw

Team Accomplishments:

     2011 & 2012 NCAA Champions

     2011, 2012 & 2013 SEC Regular Season Champions

     2011, 2012 & 2013 SEC Tournament Champions

Home Record: 49-0

Overall Record: 103-9

SEC Record: 45-3

Combined Singles Wins: 341

Combined Doubles Wins: 246

Combined Singles & Doubles Wins: 587

Senior Class Notes:

·         This is the ONLY Gator senior class that has featured three players each of whom has won 100+ singles matches!

·         This senior trio’s combined singles and doubles win total is the most ever by any senior class in the 42-year history of the Gator tennis program.

 

Numbers of Note:

·         Florida won its sixth consecutive match and improved to 10-0 at home this season.

·         The Gators extended their overall home win streak to 131, the longest active home win streak of any NCAA Division I women’s team in any sport (second-longest active home streak in the nation behind the Ohio State men’s tennis team).

·         UF has won 83 consecutive home matches against SEC teams and sports a 192-1 all-time home record versus SEC foes (includes all meetings).

·         Olivia Janowicz won her 200th combined singles and doubles match; as well as her 125th on the singles court.

·         Brianna Morgan won her team-leading 10th consecutive singles match; she improved to 17-1 in SEC singles dual matches, 10-0 this season.

·         Sofie Oyen won her 98th career doubles match.

 

Janowicz Wins 200th Career Match

·         Olivia Janowicz defeated Aldila Sutjiadi, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, for the clinching dual match victory and her 200th combined singles and doubles win.

·         Janowicz becomes the 20th Gator to win 200 combined career matches, joining classmate Sofie Oyen

·         Sunday’s win was her 125th career singles victory, and her team-leading 32nd this season

·         Janowicz lost her serve to begin the match and didn’t get the break back until the eighth game; she held and broke again for the first set

·         The only break in the second set came in the ninth game, as Sutjiadi served out to force a third set.

·         Sutjiadi broke Janowicz’s serve in the second game, but that was the only loss of the deciding frame for Janowicz, who broke in the final game for the 2:12-minute win.

·         WATCH Match Point: http://youtu.be/NrwlIVOcqG0

 

Morgan Regroups for Powerful Second Set

·         Sophomore Brianna Morgan raced out to a 4-0 lead in the match before Nadia Ravita won five straight games and was serving for the set at 5-4. Morgan regrouped to win the final three games to earn the first set.

·         Morgan and Ravita both held to start the second, but Morgan used her powerful serve and ripped off the last five games to take the 7-5, 6-1 win and give UF a 3-0 lead.

·         WATCH Match Point: http://youtu.be/5sKvirXAoGs

 

Wooly Wins Again

·         For the second consecutive match, freshman Belinda Woolcock provided the first singles win for the Gators, today defeating Caitlin McGraw, 6-3, 6-1 in 1:22.

·         Woolcock found herself trailing 3-1 in the first but got the frame back on serve with a break in sixth game and held, as she won the final six games to take the set.

·         She carried that momentum into the second set, earning a break to start for a quick 2-0 lead, and was never really threated in the second set.

·         WATCH Match Point: http://youtu.be/Uyah6iamt6g

 

Double the Fun

·         Florida won the doubles point for the 14th time; 14-0 when winning the doubles point.

·         Oyen won the 98th doubles match of her career.

 

Doubles Court 2

·         Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock won the first match of the day, 8-5, on court 2 in 46 minutes.

·         They were receiving, down 3-0 before winning six consecutive games.

·         UK broke in the 11th game but UF broke right back for a 7-5 lead and Oyen served out for the win.

·         WATCH Match point: http://youtu.be/hsn5Imh2LAY

 

Doubles Court 3

·         Alexandra Cercone and Brianna Morgan defeated Kirsten Lewis and Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff, 8-5, in the clinching doubles point victory.

·         The Gators trailed 5-1, down two breaks before winning the final seven games to win the 8-game pro-set in 58 minutes.

·         WATCH match point: http://youtu.be/0DpbyWO5eH8

 

Quoting UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist:

·         “Kentucky is a very good doubles team and it looked a little bleak there for the first 10 minutes on the doubles court. We really woke up midway through on court three. Obviously, down 3-0 at court two against a team that is really, really good. That’s one of the nation’s best number two teams. I told our players on court two – Sofie and Belinda – after their doubles match that it would have been real easy for them to go away quietly after taking a tough loss on Friday and going down early to that aggressive Kentucky team. I give all the credit to them. They responded well after being down 3-0.”

 

·         “Overall, I was really happy with our doubles play. It’s really coming along. I feel really good about that. It’s going to be very helpful for us in tournament play. Last year, we were able to be pretty successful in tournament play virtually losing every doubles point. Now, I’m hoping we can steal one here and there and that’s going to be important if you want to go far.”

 

 

 

 

Complete Agate:

No. 30 Kentucky at No. 11 Florida

Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex

Gainesville, Fla.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

 

Final: Florida 4, Kentucky 1

 

Doubles (order of finish: 2, 3*)

1. #26 Olivia Janowicz/ Kourtney Keegan (UF) vs. #45 Caitlin McGraw/ CeCe Witten (UK), 7-5 DNF

2. #24 Sofie Oyen/ Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. #62 Nadia Ravita/ Aldila Sutjiadi (UK), 8-5 [:46]

3. Alexandra Cercone/ Brianna Morgan (UF) d. Kirsten Lewis/ Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (UK), 8-5* [:58]

 

Singles (order of finish: 5, 1, 3, 2*)

1. #15 Brianna Morgan (UF) d. #57 Nadia Ravita (UK), 7-5, 6-1 [1:48]

2. #9 Olivia Janowicz (UF) d. Aldila Sutjiadi (UK), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1* [2:12]

3. Kelsey Dieters (UK) d. #29 Alexandra Cercone (UF), 7-6 (5), 6-1   [1:56]

4. #58 Sofie Oyen (UF) vs. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (UK), 6-4, 4-6, 4-0 DNF

5. #81 Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. Caitlin McGraw (UK), 6-3, 6-1 [1:22]

6. #55 Kourtney Keegan (UF) vs. Kirsten Lewis (UK), 6-2, 2-6, 5-4 DNF

 

Records: Florida: 19-4, 11-2 SEC … Kentucky: 15-10, 5-8 SEC

 

 

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