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Saturday May 10, 2014Gators Top Oklahoma State, 4-1, in NCAA Tournament Second Round

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida downed Oklahoma State, 4-1, on Saturday in second round action of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships held at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators advance to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.,


The Gators’ trio of seniors all contributed singles wins in their final matches in Gainesville, including Alexandra Cercone’s clinching 7-5, 6-1 court four win over the Cowgirls’ Karyn Guttormsen.


After the Gators dropped the doubled point, Olivia Janowicz was first off the singles courts, fighting off a late second-set rally from Megan McCray with a dominant 7-1 tiebreaker to get Florida on the board. From that point, the dominoes fell in a hurry, as UF won four singles matches within a 10-minute span to claim the match.


Sofie Oyen and Kourtney Keegan earned straight-sets wins at courts three and six, respectively, to set up Cercone’s clincher.


Florida’s senior class of Janowicz, Oyen and Cercone finish their careers with an unblemished 51-0 record on their home courts.


What’s Next?

·         The Gators advance to the NCAA Round of 16 and will play the winner of the match between No. 9 seed Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech on Thur., May 16 in Athens, Georgia at 4 p.m. ET.


Almost Always SWEET

Florida has advanced to the NCAA’s ‘Sweet 16’ 31 times in the 33-year history of the event.


Gators vs. Oklahoma State

·         Florida is 7-0 all-time against Oklahoma State, including a 4-0 record at home.

·         This was the second meeting between the teams in NCAA play.

·         The prior NCAA meeting was in the 1996 Round of 16 played in Tallahassee, a 5-0 Florida win, where the Gators went on to their second of six NCAA titles.


Updating Team Records:

·         UF is now 45-5 all-time in NCAA home matches.

·         The Gator senior class improved to 51-0 at home in their career.


Individual Numbers of Note:

·         Alexandra Cercone improved to 11-2 all-time in singles NCAA dual match action, the most such wins on the team.

·         A freshman, Kourtney Keegan finished her first career NCAA Tournament experience with a pair of singles victories.

·         Olivia Janowicz improved to 9-1 in singles dual NCAA Tournament matches.

·         Sofie Oyen is now 6-6 in singles action at the NCAA Tournament.


Team Numbers of Note:

·         Today’s win was Florida’s 100th all-time victory in NCAA Championships play (100-25 overall record).

·         The Gators won their 21st match of the season.

·         Florida won its 20th consecutive NCAA home match.

·         UF advances to the Round of 16 for the 31st time in the 33-year history of the program and the 10th straight season.


Doubles Troubles

·         Florida lost the doubles point for the seventh time this season (2-5 when that happens).

·         The Gators only win after losing the doubles point prior to Saturday’s was against Southern California on Feb. 9 in the National Team Indoor Championships; UF won 4-1

·         The pair of Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock had their three-match win streak halted.

·         Olivia Janowicz and Brianna Morgan dropped to 2-1 in their all-time pairing.

·         Alexandra Cercone and Kourtney Keegan were leading, on-serve at 6-5 when play was abandoned on court one.

·         Oyen fell to 16-3 in NCAA dual match doubles play and 6-1 in double-point clinching matches.


Round by Round Success:

·         Since the NCAA expanded the field to 64 teams, Florida has been a perfect 16-0 in first-round matches and is 15-1 in the round of 32. UF is 27-3 in round of 16 contests, 23-4 in the quarterfinals, 13-10 in the semifinals and 6-7 in the title match.


Aiming for Perfection at Home!

·         Florida wrapped up a perfect 12-0 home record in 2014 with Saturday’s win against Oklahoma State.

·         The Gators have produced 24 undefeated home seasons in program history.



Florida boasts a remarkable 468-25 all-time home record when playing in Gainesville, including a 12-0 record this season.


133 and Counting:

·         Florida is 12-0 at home this season and has extended its overall program-record home winning streak of 133, which includes 23 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 in any sport, trailing only the run by the Ohio State men’s tennis team of an NCAA-record 191 through this season.

·         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:

On earning the win vs. Oklahoma State:

“First of all, we knew Oklahoma State was going to be tough but they are playing doubles past what I suspected. They blitzed us. On one, we did a really good job. We managed to handle their pace there and we were able to move and get the ball down. At two, we were up 4-2, 30-love and then I think not having played matches in a while we went into ‘La La Land’ there for about 10 minutes and that team is skilled enough to punish you when you do. As soon as we lost the momentum at two, they were very good at continuing to just roll on us. On the flip side of that was the credit to this team with the way we handled it and reacted after losing the double point because coming out of the door in singles, we looked really strong and there was no panic. It was as though we were fortified by losing, not that we want to make a habit of that, but I was very impressed to see how we were able to respond. It is very easy to panic at that point, but this team with the three seniors going bang-bang-bang in singles is pretty impressive. I’m very pleased.”


On the momentum going into the rest of the tournament:

“I like the way we handled it in singles and frankly I think we’ve been playing really good doubles too. Today, Oklahoma State took it to us. So, we’re going to look at film and I’m sure there are a couple things we can do better. You have to give credit where credit is due. It’s great to be back in there. Like we discussed before, this year is wide open. Little things are going to make a difference.  I think our fitness today proved once again. Hopefully that will come into play when we get up there.”


Quoting senior Olivia Janowicz

On if playing today was a concern:

“I have so much experience I feel like there wasn’t much of a question. Of course, I haven’t played in about three weeks so maybe some people were worried but I wasn’t worried whatsoever. I played a lot of practice points and I got it taken care of I would say.”


On looking towards the next round:

“Our job isn’t nearly done right now. It’s just the beginning. We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing as leaders and helping the girls out, especially the three freshmen who haven’t been there before. And also, getting the job done out there in Athens.”


Quoting senior Sofie Oyen

On her performance:

“After losing the doubles point we were in the locker room and I was thinking my goal was to be the first one off the court, but my twin right here (Olivia) did that. I’m really proud that she did it. That was just one of my goals to come out there and fight and play really well.”


On the seniors going out with a win in their final home match:

“Oh it feels really good and especially that the three seniors finished our last home match. It was great. It’s a great feeling.”


Quoting Oklahoma State Head Coach Chris Young

On the team’s performance today and this season:

“I thought we took a step forward this year. Even though we got to the same spot as we did last year, I thought this team really improved throughout the year and really set a tone and a foundation with the young team coming back next year and our expectations continue to move forward. I’m really happy with the way we ended today. Doubles was outstanding and we battled with Florida toe-to-toe in all of the matches. Hopefully we will learn from it and use for next season’s motivation.”


Final Agate

NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Second Round

No. 22 Oklahoma State at No. 8 Florida

Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Florida

Saturday, May 10, 2014


Final Score: Florida 4, Oklahoma State 1


Doubles (order of finish: 3, 2*)

1. Alexandra Cercone/ Kourtney Keegan, UF vs. Katarina Adamovic/ Viktoriya Lushkova, OSU, 6-5 DNF

2. Kanyapat Narattana/Carla Tur Mari, OSU d. #27 Sofie Oyen/ Belinda Woolcock, UF, 8-4 [:54]*

3. Maria Alvarez/Karyn Guttormsen, OSU d. Olivia Janowicz/Brianna Morgan, UF, 8-4 [:54]


Singles (order of finish: 2, 3, 6, 4*)

1. #16 Brianna Morgan, UF vs. #52 Viktoriya Lushkova, OSU, 6-4, 4-3 DNF

2. #14 Olivia Janowicz, UF vs. Megan McCray, OSU, 6-1, 7-6(1) [1:21]

3. #70 Sofie Oyen, UF vs. Kanyapat Narattana, OSU, 6-0, 6-4 [1:28]

4. #28 Alexandra Cercone, UF vs. Karyn Guttormsen, OSU, 7-5, 6-1 [1:30]*

5. #99 Belinda Woolcock, UF vs. Katarina Adamovic, OSU, 6-7(3), 1-4 DNF

6. #67 Kourtney Keegan, UF vs. Carla Tur Mari, OSU, 6-2, 6-3 [1:22]


Records:  Florida: 21-5 … Oklahoma State: 16-9

NCAA Seeds: Florida: 8 … Oklahoma State: 17-32

ITA National Rank: Florida - 8; Oklahoma State - 22


*indicates clinching doubles point/dual match victory


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