Thursday May 15, 2014Gators Blank Vanderbilt and Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals
Brianna Morgan and Olivia Janowicz both won their respective singles and doubles matches.
Florida played its best match of the NCAA Championships in defeating Vanderbilt 4-0 at the McWhorter Courts at Dan Magill Tennis Complex on a chilly Thursday evening and advanced to the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive year.
The Gators, who are making their 28th all-time NCAA Quarterfinal appearance in the 33-year history of the event, came out sharp in doubles and claimed the important first point of the dual match.
Florida then took a quick 3-0 lead after senior Olivia Janowicz won her singles match 6-2, 6-0 in 72 minutes and freshman Belinda Woolcock followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory two minutes later.
The Gators did win four of the six first sets played, but Vanderbilt battled back and forced a third set on two of those, while Florida countered on the other two courts and moved into a third frame.
With the momentum swinging back and forth, it was sophomore Brianna Morgan who distanced herself in the deciding third set on court one, where she dominated the final frame against Georgina Sellyn to clinch the dual match for the Gators, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Florida (22-5) will play top-seeded, No. 1-ranked and host Georgia (24-4) in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sat., May 17 at 4 p.m. ET. The Lady Bulldogs won a 4-3 thriller against Southern California in their round of 16 match.
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Quoting Coach Roland Thornqvist:
His general thoughts on the win:
· “I thought we played really well. We obviously knew Vanderbilt from playing them in the regular season and they have players from 1 to 6 who are fighters, good athletes and smart so we knew it was going to be a tough, tough contest.
On the team’s success in doubles:
· “I thought we came out of the gate and played great doubles. I was very pleased with that on all three courts. We then had a little delay because of some officiating issues and we lost, maybe, some of the momentum in singles off the doubles win. In general, I was really pleased with our play. We looked like we moved well and played smart. I thought our freshmen handled themselves like pros and when they do that, we’re tough to beat.”
On the temperature change (dropped significantly as the evening passed):
· “This certainly wasn’t Florida weather, but we have to be able to win no matter rain or shine and I was very pleased today.”
On Brianna Morgan clinching the win:
· “She’s getting better and better. I think the three-week layoff (between the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Championships) hurt her timing as far as ground strokes are concerned, but they are really starting to come back. When her ground strokes are clicking, she’s about as good as anybody here.”
Quoting senior Olivia Janowicz:
On advancing in the NCAA Championships:
· “We’re excited. It never gets old.”
On playing Georgia in the NCAA Quarterfinals:
· “We had a really tough match against them in the regular season and we lost so we’ve been training for them ever since that match.”
Quoting sophomore Brianna Morgan:
On clinching the match:
· “I just tried to stay mentally tough, especially in the third set to get the win.”
Quoting freshman Belinda Woolcock:
On her singles match:
· “I really wanted to get a good start today. I had a tough one last week against Oklahoma State. I was playing good tennis but I wasn’t able to finish. Today, I wanted to start off fresh, start solid and really get in my opponent’s head that I was going to stay in each point and work at everything. I was able to do that. I was able to use my strengths and I feel like I played a good match.”
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, 28-3 in round of 16 contests, 23-4 in the quarterfinals, 13-10 in the semifinals and 6-7 in the title match.
Postmatch Interviews – WATCH THEM!
· Head Coach Roland Thornqvist – http://youtu.be/Z_Oecn_2cwI
· Senior Olivia Janowicz and sophomore Brianna Morgan – http://youtu.be/YzHZpche5HU
· Freshman Belinda Woolocck – http://youtu.be/sEQrE53fubE
Senior Olivia Janowicz – her win gave UF a 2-0 lead
· Won her team-leading 34th singles match of year; 127th career victory
· Improved to 10-1 in career NCAA singles dual matches, 2-0 this year.
· Held serve throughout the match.
· Won the final eight games of the match.
· WATCH Match Point: http://youtu.be/MLJ-97HrvSo
Freshman Belinda Woolcock – her straight-set win gave UF a 3-0 lead
· Earned the first NCAA decision of her career; first two matches abandoned before completion.
· It was her fourth consecutive singles win.
· Improved to 28-9 overall this season.
· WATCH Match Point: http://youtu.be/c0I-YZnOJlw
Sophomore Brianna Morgan
· The win was the 55th of her career, as she improved to 33-3 in career dual matches.
· Improved to 5-0 in career NCAA singles dual matches, 1-0 this year.
· Morgan improved to 5-2 this year in three-setters, including 3-0 in dual matches.
· Went down a break early in the first set but broke right back en route to winning eight of the next nine points before breaking against to take a 5-3 lead.
· Took a 2-0 lead in the second, but Georgina Sellyn won five straight games and eventually forced a third set.
· Morgan raced out in the third set, winning the first five games en route to clinching the dual match victory.
· WATCH Match Point: http://youtu.be/RLk3KKCYsvk
Double the Fun
· The Gators improved to 16-0 this season when winning the doubles point.
· UF earned victories on courts one and three, while court two was in a tiebreaker when play was halted.
· UF used different doubles teams on courts 1 and 3 from the regular-season match against Vanderbilt, also winning the doubles point with victories on courts 1 and 3.
Doubles, Court 3 – first match off!
· After holding serve to start the match in a game that lasted a little more than 10 minutes, Olivia Janowicz and Brianna Morgan needed 44 minutes to win the other seven games for the 8-2 victory and the first individual Gator victory of the match.
· The Gators jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
· Morgan and Janowicz improved to 3-1 in their all-time partnership, including 2-1 in 2014 NCAA action.
· The win was Morgan’s 30th doubles victory of her career.
· Janowicz improved to 77-35 in career doubles matches, including 22-8 this year.
· WATCH match point: http://youtu.be/7YoG0zZSgZ0
Doubles, Court 1 – the Clincher!
· Alexandra Cercone and Kourtney Keegan clinched the doubles point on court 1 where they fought off an early break and captured Vandy’s serve in the eighth game before capitalizing on their fifth break/match-point for the 8-4 victory.
· The Gators fought off a break point in the 11th game and held for the 7-4 lead.
· Keegan lost just two total points in the three games she served.
· Keegan, the ITA Southeast Rookie Player of the Year, won her team-leading 32nd doubles match of the season (32-6), including a 16-2 dual match record.
· Cercone earned her 74th career doubles victory and improved to 7-3 in NCAA doubles matches.
· This was Cercone and Keegan’s first completed match as a pair; did not finish their other two NCAA matches.
· WATCH match point: http://youtu.be/u3iaOPxeTJA
· There was a longer break than the usual 10 minutes between the end of the doubles matches and the beginning of singles play, as a number of officials were traveling back to Athens from Atlanta because the first two matches of the day were forced indoors due to rain and played at Georgia Tech’s facility.
Gators vs. Vanderbilt
• Florida improved to 47-2 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 16 meetings against the Commodores.
• Last meeting prior to Thursday’s NCAA battle against Vanderbilt was a deceiving 4-0 win at home on April 11, 2014.
• Florida now holds a 4-0 record over the Commodores in NCAA play.
• The previous 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 426-29 all-time against SEC teams (12-3 this year), including a 360-19 record in regular-season matches (11-2 this year).
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 101-25 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.
#8 Seed / #8 Ranked Florida (21-5) vs. #9 Seed / #10 Ranked Vanderbilt (21-6)
NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships Round of 16
McWhorter Courts at Dan Magill Tennis Complex * Athens, Georgia
Thu., May 16, 2014
Final Score: Florida 4, Vanderbilt 0
Doubles (order of finish: 3, 1*)
1. Alexandra Cercone/Kourtney Keegan, UF d. #20 Lauren Mira/Courtney Colton, VU, 8-4* [1:04]
2. #27 Sofie Oyen/Belinda Woolcock, UF vs. #43 Sydney Campbell/Ashleigh Antal, VU, 7-7 DNF
3. Olivia Janowicz/Brianna Morgan, UF d. Frances Altick/Marie Casares, VU, 8-2 [:54]
Singles (order of finish: 2, 5, 1*)
1. #16 Brianna Morgan, UF 1. #64 Georgina Sellyn, VU6-4, 4-6, 6-1* [2:11]
2. #14 Olivia Janowicz, UF d. #48 Frances Altick, VU, 6-2, 6-0 [1:12]
3. #70 Sofie Oyen, UF vs. #103 Marie Casares, VU 2-6, 6-3, 3-3 DNF
4. #28 Alexandra Cercone, UF vs. #82 Courtney Colton, VU, 6-2, 4-6, 2-1 DNF
5. #99 Belinda Woolcock, UF d Ashleigh Antal, VU, 6-2, 6-2 [1:14]
6. #67 Kourtney Keegan, UF vs. Lauren Mira, VU, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 3-0 DNF
Records: Florida 22-5; Vanderbilt 21-7
National ITA Ranking: Florida 8; Vanderbilt 10
NCAA Seed: Florida 8, Vanderbilt 9
*indicates clinching doubles point/dual match win
NCAA Round of 16 Results, Thursday, May 15
· #2 Alabama (2 seed) d. #28 Notre Dame, 4-2
· #7 North Carolina (7) d. #9 Texas A&M (10), 4-0
· #4 Virginia (3) d. #13 Baylor (14), 4-1
· #11 Stanford (11) vs. #6 California (6), 4-3
· #1 Georgia (1) d. #15 Southern California (16), 4-3
· #8 Florida (8) d. #9 Vanderbilt (9), 4-0
· #5 Duke (4) d. #14 Clemson (13), 4-1
· #3 UCLA (5) d. #12 Miami-FL (12), 4-0
NCAA Quarterfinals, Saturday, May 17
· #2 Alabama (2 seed) vs. #7 North Carolina (7)
· #4 Virginia (3) vs. #11 Stanford (11)
· #1 Georgia (1) vs. #8 Florida (8)
· #3 UCLA (5) vs. #5 Duke (4)
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
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