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Belinda Woolcock was the only Gator who earned wins on the singles and doubles courts.

Saturday April 19, 2014Women's Tennis Knocked Out of SEC Tournament in Quarterfinal Round

Columbia, MO

Belinda Woolcock was the only Gator who earned wins on the singles and doubles courts.

Florida lost a hard-fought 4-3 decision to Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament held at the Mizzou Tennis Complex on Friday evening.

 

The fourth-ranked Gators were close to capturing the important doubles point, but Texas A&M rallied and snatched it and took that momentum on the singles courts, where the eighth-ranked Aggies seemed to win all of the big points en route to winning three first sets.

 

Florida, the No. 4 seed, evened the dual match and took a 2-1 lead against fifth-seeded TAMU when freshmen Kourtney Keegan and Belinda Woolcock won their respective singles matches within a minute of each other.

 

The Aggies came back and tied the dual match at 2-all with a win on court two, but senior Alexandra Cercone battled past Saska Gavrilovska, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0, and gave the Gators a 3-2 lead.

 

Senior Sofie Oyen dropped a tough 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-0 match on court three and all eyes turned to court one, where sophomore Brianna Morgan was battling Cristina Stancu, ranked No. 11 in the country. Stancu took the first set 6-4 and the second was on-serve until the Aggie senior earned a break in the fifth game. Morgan called for a medical timeout following that game and when action resumed Stancu held for a 4-2 lead. Morgan served a strong game and held two break points in the next but couldn’t capitalize and Stancu took a 5-3 lead, as the Morgan held but was unable to break to keep the match alive, 6-4, 6-4.

 

What’s Next?

·         The NCAA Tennis Selection Show is scheduled for Tue., April 29.

·         The men’s selection show will begin at 5 p.m. ET and the women’s selections revealed at 5:30 p.m. only on NCAA.com

·         Singles and doubles selections will be released on the NCAA website by 6 p.m. EST on Monday, May 5.

 

Numbers of Note

·         This is the first time in the 27-year history of the SEC Tournament that the Gators failed to reach the semifinals.

·         The match started two hours and 35 minutes late due to the length of the three prior dual matches.

·         Kourtney Keegan improved to 29-10 on the singles court, 14-4 in dual matches.

·         Belinda Woolcock improved to 27-9 in singles action, 9-4 in dual matches.

·         Florida falls to 0-2 in 4-3 decisions this year.

·         Sofie Oyen won the 99th doubles match of her career; one shy of becoming the 15th Gator to win 100 in career

 

Doubles Trouble

·         Gators lost the doubles point for the sixth time this season

·         Florida fell to 1-5 when losing the doubles point.

·         Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock defeated Ines Deheza and Saska Gavrilovska, 8-5, for UF’s lone doubles win.

·         WATCH: Oyen and Woolcock’s match point: http://youtu.be/171SOCK0Nh4

·         Olivia Janowicz and Kourtney Keegan had won eight straight doubles matches before falling 8-7 (8-6) on court one in the deciding doubles-point match; the pair was serving for match at 7-6; led the tiebreaker 6-3

·         UF and TAMU did not play doubles in the regular-season match

 

Florida at the SEC Tournament

·         The Gators are now 69-8 all-time in SEC Tournament matches, with six of those losses coming against Georgia and the others to Ole Miss and now Texas A&M.

·         Florida falls to 26-1 all-time in quarterfinal round matches

·         Florida was the four-time defending SEC Tournament champion.

 

Florida with the No. 4 seed

·         The Gators finished in a three-way tie for second in the final Southeastern Conference regular-season standing and will be the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament based on the tiebreak procedures.

·         As one of the top four seeds, the Gators earned a two-round bye.

·         Florida has been either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament 23 times in the 27-year history of the event.

·         This was just the second time the Gators were the No. 4 seed (2009); also No. 3 seed twice.

 

Quoting UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist:

·         “Texas A&M played better in the clutch than we did today. The scores were telling. We won one set that went past 4-0 in singles. Even on the courts where we had opportunites, we didn’t take advantage of them. When you play a top-10 team like Texas A&M, the little things are going to be the difference and they were better at the little things than the Gators were today, so hats off to them.”

 

On the significance of losing the doubles point:

·         “I really didn’t think it was a killer. It’s a 4-3 match so we win the doubles point, we win this match, but it’s still only one of seven points. I though there were other opportunities we had that could have negated the loss of that doubles point in our singles play. We just didn’t take advantage of them and Texas A&M did. They made it uncomfortable for us in a couple spots with the way we played and didn’t make the proper adjustments. It hurts like hell, but credit to them, they did a great job today.”

 

Complete Agate:

No. 8 Texas A&M vs. No. 4 Florida

SEC Tournament Quarterfinals

Mizzou Tennis Complex * Columbia, Mo.
Friday, April 18, 2014

 

Final: Texas A&M 4, Florida 3

 

Doubles (order of finish: 2, 3, 1*)
1. #16 Stefania Hristov/ Cristina Stancu (TAMU) d. #25 Olivia Janowicz/Kourtney Keegan (UF), 8-7 (8-6)* [1:14]
2. #26 Sofie Oyen/Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. #83 Ines Deheza/ Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU), 8-5 [1:02]
3. Rutuja Bhosale/ Anna Mamalat (TAMU) d. Alexandra Cercone/Brianna Morgan (UF), 8-5 [1:05]

 

Singles (order of finish: 6, 5, 2, 3, 2, 1*)
1. #11 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) d. #15 Brianna Morgan (UF), 6-4, 6-4* [2:07]
2. Ines Deheza (TAMU) d. #8 Olivia Janowicz (UF), 6-4, 6-3 [1:31]
3. #29 Alexandra Cercone (UF) d. #63 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 [1:43]
4. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) d. #70 Sofie Oyen (UF), 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-0 [2:01]
5. #97 Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. Stefania Hristov (TAMU), 6-2, 6-0 [1:18]
6. #57 Kourtney Keegan (UF) d. Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-4, 6-0 [1:22]

 

Records: Florida 19-5 … Texas A&M 19-5

ITA National Rankings: Florida – 4 … Texas A&M – 8

SEC Tournament Seed: Florida – 4 … Texas A&M – 5

 

 

 

2014 SEC Women’s Tennis Tournament

Mizzou Tennis Complex * Columbia, Mo.

April 16-20, 2014

 

Wednesday, April 16

Match 1: No. 11 LSU vs. No. 14 Mississippi State – LSU, 4-3

Match 2: No. 12 Arkansas vs. No. 13 Missouri – Missouri, 4-0               

 

Thursday, April 17

Match 3: No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 10 Kentucky – Kentucky, 4-2

Match 4: No. 6 Tennessee vs. No. 11 LSU – LSU, 4-0

Match 5: No. 8 South Carolina vs. No. 9 Ole Miss – South Carolina, 4-2

Match 6: No. 5 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 Missouri – Texas A&M, 4-0

 

Friday, April 18 - Quarterfinals

Match 7: No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. No. 10 Kentucky – Vanderbilt, 4-2

Match 8: No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 11 LSU – Georgia, 4-0

Match 9: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 8 South Carolina – Alabama, 4-2

Match 10: No. 4 Florida vs. No. 5 Texas A&M – Texas A&M, 4-3

 

Saturday, April 19 - Semifinals

Match 11: No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. No. 3 Georgia - 10 a.m. CT

Match 12: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 5 Texas A&M - 2 p.m. CT

 

Sunday, April 20 - Final

Match 13: Match 11 Winner vs. Match 12 Winner - 12 p.m. CT

 

All times CENTRAL and subject to change.

 

 

 

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