Friday May 9, 2014Gators Dust off Rust and Advance to NCAA Second Round
Sofie Oyen won her 100th career doubles match during the Gator victory.
The Gators got off to a slow start on the doubles court but once they moved onto the singles court they showed no signs of a 21-day break since their previous match en route to a convincing 4-0 win against South Carolina State in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships held at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on Friday afternoon.
Florida advances to the second round and plays No. 22-ranked Oklahoma State on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Cowgirls also made quick work of their opening round foe, defeating South Florida, 4-0, and advanced to the second round for the second consecutive year. This is the first time OSU has reached the second round in back-to-back seasons since the 1985, 1986 campaigns.
The Gators collected the hard-fought doubles point and then received straight-set wins on the singles court from freshmen Kourtney Keegan and Stefani Stojic, before senior Sofie Oyen provided the clinching victory.
Gators vs. Oklahoma State
· Florida is 6-0 all-time against Oklahoma State, including a 3-0 record at home.
· The Gators won the last meeting, a 4-0 decision on Jan. 31, 2009, in the first round of the ITA National Indoors Championships in Gainesville.
· The teams have met only once in NCAA play, with Florida holding the lone victory, 5-0.
· The NCAA meeting was in the 1996 Round of 16 played in Tallahassee, where the Gators went on to their second of six NCAA titles.
Updating Team Records:
· Florida improved to 5-0 all-time against South Carolina State. All meetings have come in NCAA play and all have been 4-0 Gator sweeps.
· UF is now 44-5 all-time in NCAA home matches.
· The Gator senior class improved to 50-0 at home in their career.
Individual Numbers of Note:
· Sofie Oyen won her 100th career doubles match.
· Oyen improved to 16-2 in career NCAA dual match doubles matches.
· Stefani Stojic won her team-leading eighth consecutive singles match and improved to 7-1 this year in dual match action.
· Stojic just the missed the double-bagel win, as her opponent Marketa Marcanikova managed to hold serve in the sixth game of the second set.
· Kourtney Keegan won her 30th singles match of the year (30-10 overall record); 30 wins is second-most on team.
· Keegan won her fifth consecutive singles match.
· Olivia Janowicz and Brianna Morgan played just their second all-time doubles match as a tandem (2-0).
· Sofie Oyen played a season-high No. 2 in the singles lineup.
Just Missing the Bagel:
· Stefani Stojic just the missed the double-bagel win, as her opponent Marketa Marcanikova managed to hold serve in the sixth game of the second set, 6-0, 6-1.
· Sofie Oyen lost her serve in the fifth game of the first set and that’s the only game she dropped to Klara Dohanlova in the 64-minute victory, 6-1, 6-0.
· Kourtney Keegan almost had a bagel set in both frames, but her opponent Dakota Brown won the sixth game in both sets to prevent the shutout, 6-1, 6-1.
Team Numbers of Note:
· Today’s win was Florida’s 99th all-time victory in NCAA Championships play (99-25 overall record).
· The Gators won their 20th match of the season.
· Florida won its 19th consecutive NCAA home match.
First Round Success:
· Since the NCAA expanded the field to 64 teams, Florida has been a perfect 16-0 in first-round matches.
· The Gators are 14-1 in the round of 32, 27-3 in round of 16 contests, 23-4 in the quarterfinals, 13-10 in the semifinals and 6-7 in the title match.
Oyen Joins 100-Doubles Win Club:
· Senior Sofie Oyen won her 100th career doubles match.
· She becomes the 16th Gator to win 100 career doubles matches.
· The last Gator who won reached the doubles milestone was Lauren Embree last year, when she paired with Oyen to earn her 100th career doubles win.
Oyen Joins Even More Elite Club:
· Sofie Oyen already boasted 100 career singles victories entering the NCAA first round and today earned her 99th career doubles win.
· Oyen is just the ninth Gator to win 100 singles and 100 doubles matches in a career
· Gators who have won 100 singles and 100 doubles career matches: Nicole Arendt, Dawn Buth, Lauren Embree, Jessica Lehnhoff, Stephanie Nickitas, Nina Suvak, Joanna Mather and Zerene Reyes.
Aiming for Perfection at Home!
· Florida sports an 11-0 home record in 2014 entering Saturday’s match against Oklahoma State.
· The Gators have produced 23 undefeated home seasons in program history.
132 and Counting:
· Florida is 11-0 at home this season and has extended its overall program-record home winning streak of 132, which includes 22 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 run by the Ohio State men’s tennis 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.
Quoting UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist:
“I thought we did really well. We were a little nervous, I thought, maybe in the first 10 minutes of doubles but we managed to play our way through that and executed well. Mainly on No. 2 doubles I thought we handled ourselves very, very well and in singles we got off to quick starts on all but one court. In these tournaments when you have to play back-to-back days in 90 degree weather if you are up and have a chance to close it out quickly, it’s very important that you do so. I thought our two-hour match today was nice to not have to be on the court for another hour.”
On the new doubles lineups:
“I really like the way we play. I think we have good chemistry and we like to move now on all three courts. I think we serve well and pick our spots well so overall I’m very pleased. Today, obviously, was the first time we laced it up. It was the NCAA Tournament so I think there were some jitters but I think the more we play the better we are going to get.”
On facing Oklahoma State:
“They’re a very good team and we knew they were going to be a fantastic opponent coming in here with what they did in the Big 12 league and their tournament. They beat Texas twice this year and Texas is obviously a big name. I had a chance to watch them today and they have some good hitters and talented players at basically every spot. So, we’re going to have to raise our game, clearly, and play a little bit better than we did the first time out today. But, I think we can expect that from our players. I think we’ll be ready tomorrow.”
Quoting Gator senior Sofie Oyen
On her performance:
“We have prepared really well. I played really well in doubles. Bel (Belinda Woolcock) and I had good energy, we talked a lot and we were pretty aggressive, so that was good. In singles, I started off really well. I had a lot of energy and I didn’t make a lot of service errors so I’m really glad.”
On getting past the first round:
“It feels good. I think we are all excited to play again. I think it’s been three weeks since we played. But, I’m just glad that the team is playing well and I am proud of everyone.”
Quoting Gator freshman Kourtney Keegan
On the win and the new doubles teams:
“I think what makes a good team is being able to adapt to change and I think we did that really well today at all three lines. I think the work that we’ve put in the last three weeks showed fitness-wise and also what we have done in practice.”
On her first NCAA experience:
“I went in a little nervous being a freshman on the team, but I enjoyed it. I was having fun out there and doing what I do best and hoping that it goes well.”
Quoting South Carolina State Assistant Coach Suzanna Mansour (head coach not in attendance):
On the team’s performance today:
“I think they came out really, really strong. You could tell down the line, all the scores were really tight. My number one played really well. They’re all happy with the way that we played today, so we’re leaving on a good note.”
On having another outstanding season with a young team:
“In the beginning, we started very slow with five freshmen, and then we finally got some more coming in January. We actually started, I think, with four losses in the beginning of the year. Then we picked it up, won conference and made it here. But it was a good year. Florida again played well, and we wish them luck.”
Match Point! Watch Them:
· Sofie Oyen clinches the dual match victory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdeLDDgNzH0&feature=youtu.be
· Stefani Stojic gives UF a 3-0 lead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzqUihM8d34&feature=youtu.be
· Kourtney Keegan needs just 46 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOVtY0LHK00&feature=youtu.be
· No. 3 Doubles – Olivia Janowicz serves out, as she and Brianna Morgan secure the doubles point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWPRBDO_xLs&feature=youtu.be
· No. 2 Doubles – Sofie Oyen serves out (playing with Belinda Woolcock) for her 100th career doubles win: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YygNGmSzMAY&feature=youtu.be
NCAA Opening Rounds at a Glance
What: NCAA First & Second Rounds
Who: No. 22 Oklahoma State (16-8) d. No. 33 South Florida (18-4), 4-0
Who: No. 8 Florida (20-5) d. South Carolina State (13-6), 4-0
Where: Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Florida
NCAA Second Round: Sat., May 10 at 3 p.m.
NCAA First & Second Round Website: http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/tour/ncaa/2014/
NCAA Women’s Tennis First Round
South Carolina State at No. 8 Florida
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Florida
Friday, May 9, 2014
Final Score: Florida 4, South Carolina State 0
Doubles (order of finish: 2, 3*)
1. Alexandra Cercone/ Kourtney Keegan, UF vs. Klara Dohanlova/Intissar Rassif, SCSU, 4-5 DNF
2. #27 Sofie Oyen/ Belinda Woolcock, UF d. Victoriia Khatcei/Marketa Marcanikova, SCSU, 8-3* [:40]
3. Brianna Morgan/Olivia Janowicz, UF d. Dakota Brown/Oleksandra Filippova, SCSU, 8-3 [:50]
Singles (order of finish: 5, 6, 2*)
1. #16 Brianna Morgan, UF vs. Oleksandra Filippova, SCSU, 4-6, 1-0 DNF
2. #70 Sofie Oyen, UF vs. Klara Dohanlova, SCSU, 6-1, 6-0* [1:04]
3. #28 Alexandra Cercone, UF vs. Intissar Rassif, SCSU, 6-2, 4-0 DNF
4. #99 Belinda Woolcock, UF vs. Victoriia Khatcei, SCSU, 6-2, 3-1 DNF
5. #67 Kourtney Keegan, UF vs. Dakota Brown, SCSU, 6-1, 6-1 [:46]
6. Stefani Stojic, UF vs. Marketa Marcanikova, SCSU, 6-0, 6-1 [1:03]
Records: Florida: 20-5 … South Carolina State: 13-6
NCAA Seeds: Florida: 8 … South Carolina State: 49-64
ITA National Rank: Florida - 8; South Carolina State - none
*indicates clinching doubles point/dual match victory
For all of the latest information on Florida women’s tennis:
Official Website: http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women/