Wednesday May 14, 2014Gators Play Vanderbilt in NCAA Round of 16 Thursday
Doubles could play a key role in the Gator's success.
Doubles could play a key role in the Gator's success.
The Gators resume action in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships on Thursday when the team plays Vanderbilt at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, where first serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.
Florida is in the NCAA Round of 16 for the 10th consecutive year, as well as the 31st time in the 33-year history of the event.
Thursday’s match will be the second meeting this year between the No. 9-seeded Commodores and the No. 8 seed Gators, who won the regular-season match in a deceiving 4-0 outcome on April 11 in Gainesville, where Florida won the crucial doubles point.
Doubles an Important Key for Gators:
• Florida is 15-0 when winning the doubles point this season.
• Florida is 2-5 when losing the doubles point, including its NCAA Second Round win
VIDEO: Head Coach Roland Thornqvist Previewed Thursday’s match:
Quoting Coach Roland Thornqvist:
On the courts for the NCAA Championships:
• “They are great. We like playing here. The ball bounces high, it’s fairly slow, very similar to our courts and we like that.”
On the regular-season match against Vanderbilt:
• “It was a really tough match. The score didn’t reflect the level of competitiveness in the match. They are very even from (positions) one to six and they are very good in doubles. We barely got the doubles point on them. Just as it was then, the doubles point is going to be very, very critical tomorrow.”
On Florida’s current doubles pairings:
• “Our first (NCAA) match, we were very good. We moved a lot and communicated well. At No. 1 doubles, Oklahoma State (in the NCAA second round) was very good, but at two and three we left a little bit to be desired with regards to our fundamentals, making returns. If we can address that, I think we’ll play a lot better.”
2014 REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: No. 5 Vanderbilt at No. 11 Florida
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla.
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
· Gators won a thrilling doubles point and used that to snap No. 5 Vanderbilt’s seven-match win streak.
· 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 paired with freshman Kourtney Keegan on court one, where Vanderbilt earned a break in the 11th game of the 8-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.
Gators vs. Vanderbilt
• Florida is 46-2 all-time against Vanderbilt.
• The Gator’s last loss in the series was a 4-3 decision on March 11, 2005. Since that setback, Florida has won the last 15 meetings against the Commodores.
• Last meeting against Vanderbilt was a deceiving 4-0 win at home on April 11, 2014.
• Florida holds a 3-0 record over the Commodores in NCAA play.
• The last NCAA meeting was in the 2008 Round of 16 in Tulsa, where UF won 4-1.
• Other NCAA battles: 2003 Quarterfinals (UF 4-0) and 1999 Round of 16 (UF 5-0).
Florida vs. SEC Teams
• Florida is an incredible 425-29 all-time against SEC teams (11-3 this year), including a 360-19 record in regular-season matches (11-2 this year).
Round-by-Round NCAA Success
• Since the NCAA expanded the field to 64 teams, Florida has been a perfect 16-0 in first-round matches.
• The Gators are 15-1 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.
Florida at the NCAA Championships
• Florida is making its 32nd appearance in the 33-year history of the NCAA Championships, missing only the 1986 event.
• The Gators boast a 100-25 all-time record in the NCAA Championships.
• They have won six NCAA team titles: 1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2011 & 2012.
• Florida has reached the semifinals of the NCAA Championships 23 times in the last 27 years (including 2013), with 13 trips to the NCAA final.
At a Glance
#8 Seed / #8 Ranked Florida (21-5) vs. #9 Seed / #10 Ranked Vanderbilt (21-6)
NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships Round of 16
Thu., May 16 * 4 p.m. ET
Florida Media Notes (PDF): http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women/stats/notes/pre/20140515160000.pdf
NCAA Team Championships at a Glance
· What: NCAA TEAM Championships Round of 16 - Final
· When: May 15, 17, 19-20
· Where: Athens, Georgia - Univ. of Georgia is host
· Facility: Dan Magill Tennis Complex (Henry Field Courts and McWhorter Courts)
· Live VIDEO: http://www.ncaa.com/division-i-tennis-championships (Florida will play on the McWhorter Courts (7-12))
· Ticket Info: 12-Day All-Session Tickets: $100 … Daily Tickets: $10 ... Can be purchased on site or through www.Georgiadogs.com
· Official Twitter: @NCAATennis2014
· Twitter Hashtag: #NCAAMWT
NCAA Round of 16 Schedule, Thursday, May 15
9 a.m. ET:
· #2 Alabama (2 seed) vs. #28 Notre Dame
· #7 North Carolina (7) vs. #9 Texas A&M (10)
· #4 Virginia (3) vs. #13 Baylor (14)
· #6 California (6) vs. #11 Stanford (11)
4 p.m. ET:
· #1 Georgia (1) vs. #15 Southern California (16)
· #8 Florida (8) vs. #9 Vanderbilt (9)
7 p.m. ET:
· #5 Duke (4) vs. #14 Clemson (13)
· #3 UCLA (5) vs. #12 Miami-FL (12)
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