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Friday May 16, 2014Gators to Challenge Top-Seed and Host Georgia in NCAA Quarterfinals

Athens, GA

The Gators are 2-2 all-time against Georgia in NCAA matches.

Florida takes aim at top-seeded, No. 1-ranked and host Georgia in the NCAA Quarterfinals at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Sat., May 17 at 4 p.m. ET.

 

The Gators (22-5) advanced via a 4-0 win against No. 9-seeded Vanderbilt on Thursday, when the Lady Bulldogs won a 4-3 thriller against Southern California in their round of 16 match.

 

 

Elite for 28th Time

·         This is UF’s fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals, as well as the 28th trip in the 33-year history of the event.

·         The Gators are 23-4 all-time in quarterfinal matches.

 

Gators vs. Georgia

·         Florida is 44-15 all-time against Georgia.

·         Georgia won the last meeting between the two teams, a 4-2 decision in Athens on March 16, 2014.

·         The Gators defeated the Bulldogs twice last season, a 4-1 victory at home and the 4-0 victory in the SEC final that clinched the SEC Tournament crown for Florida.

·         The teams have split the four-match series in NCAA matches, with two wins apiece.

·         The last NCAA meeting was a 4-2 Georgia win in the 2009 Round of 16.

·         Other NCAA meetings: 2000 Semifinals (UG 5-2); 1998 Semifinals (UF 5-1); and 1995 Semifinals (UF 5-0).

 

Florida vs. SEC Teams

·         Florida is an incredible 426-29 all-time against SEC teams (all meetings, 12-3 this year), including a 360-19 record in regular-season matches (11-2 this year).

 

2014 REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: No. 3 Florida at No. 12 Georgia

Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts * Athens, Ga.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Final: #12 Georgia 4, #3 Florida 2

Doubles (order of finish: 1, 3)

1. #3 Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase (UGA) def. #24 Belinda Woolcock/Sofie Oyen (UF) 8-0

2. #36 Kate Fuller/Silvia Garcia (UGA) vs. #35 Kourtney Keegan/Olivia Janowicz (UF) 7-3, unfinished

3. Lilly Kimbell/Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Alexandra Cercone/Brianna Morgan (UF) 8-2*

Singles (order of finish: 1,3,4,2,5)

1. #10 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. #8 Olivia Janowicz (UF) 6-2, 6-4

2. #23 Brianna Morgan (UF) def. #15 Silvia Garcia (UGA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

3. #21 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. #22 Alexandra Cercone (UF) 6-2, 6-3

4. #38 Sofie Oyen (UF) def. #45 Lilly Kimbell (UGA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

5. Kate Fuller (UGA) def. #78 Belinda Woolcock (UF) 6-4, 6-3*

6. Mia King (UGA) vs. #44 Kourtney Keegan (UF) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0, unfinished

Records: Florida 12-3, 4-1 SEC … Georgia 12-2, 5-0 SEC

Notes: Match played indoors due to rain … total length of match: 4:42 hours … attendance 561

 

POSTMATCH: UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist:

“This was one of the better Florida-Georgia matches in recent years. I’m very proud of this team because they atmosphere here in the indoor center was, in my 13 years at Florida, the toughest atmosphere that we’ve played in. It was a fantastic crowd, they were relentless and they really helped Georgia sustain their momentum throughout the match. Although they outplayed us for the majority of the beginning of the match, we somehow found a way to make it 3-2 and make it interesting. I thought Georgia played a fantastic match, really. If they can play like this at home, they will be my pick to win the national championship. The level of play that they displayed today in front of their home crowd should make them the favorite. It was a very, very high level of tennis.”

 

Milestone Watch for Coach

·         Roland Thornqvist enters the NCAA Quarterfinals with a 399-89 record in his 18-year head coaching career ... just one win shy of win No. 400

·         Thornqvist’s 13-year mark at UF is 324-39

 

NCAA Matches on Away Courts

·         UF is 2-3 in NCAA matches when playing on a true away court

o    2011 at Stanford in NCAA Final: W, 4-3        

o    2006 at Stanford in Semifinal: L, 4-0

o    2002 at Stanford in Final: L 4-1

o    1997 at Stanford in Final: L 5-1

o    1988 at UCLA in Semifinals: W 5-4

 

Gators vs. #1-Ranked Teams (9-7 record all time; 2-4 in NCAA matches)

·         March 6, 1988: #2 Florida vs. #1 Stanford (National Team Indoor Final) – UF wins 5-4

·         March 5, 1989: #2 Florida vs. #1 Stanford (National Team Indoor Final) – UF loses 6-0

·         March 31, 1989: #2 Florida vs. #1 Stanford (in Gainesville) – UF loses 5-4

·         May 13, 1990: #2 Florida vs. #1 Stanford (NCAA Final in Gainesville) – UF loses 5-1

·         March 3, 1991: #2 Florida vs. #1 Stanford (National Team Indoor Final) – UF wins 6-0

·         March 24, 1993: #2 Florida vs. #1 Stanford (in Gainesville) – UF wins 5-1

·         May 12, 1994: #5 Florida vs. #1 Texas (NCAA Quarterfinals) – UF loses 6-0

·         March 27, 1995: #6 Florida vs. #1 Georgia (in Gainesville) – UF wins 6-0

·         May 12, 1995: #2 Florida vs. #1 Georgia (SEC Tournament Final in Auburn) – UF wins 5-4

·         May 19, 2001: #5 Florida vs. #1 Stanford (NCAA SF in Stone Mountain, Ga.) – UF loses 4-1

·         March 26, 2003: #5 Florida vs. #1 Duke (in Gainesville) – UF wins 4-3

·         May 18, 2003: #2 Florida vs. #1 Stanford (NCAA Final in Gainesville) – UF wins 4-3

·         May 22, 2006: #4 Florida vs. #1 Stanford (NCAA Semifinal in Stanford) – UF loses 4-0

·         Feb. 21, 2011: #2 Florida vs. #1 Stanford (National Team Indoor Final) – UF loses 4-2

·         May 22, 2012: #2 Florida vs. #1 UCLA (NCAA Final in Athens) – UF wins 4-1

·         Feb. 18, 2013: #2 Florida at #1 North Carolina (in Chapel Hill) – UF wins 4-2

 

Quoting Coach Roland Thornqvist:

On playing in the NCAA Quarterfinals:

·         “It feels really good. I thought we played really well against Vanderbilt, exceptional doubles and this time of year those little things will come in play.”

 

On Florida’s new doubles pairings competing against Georgia’s stellar doubles teams:

·         “I hope we can compete. They beat us handily when we played them in March. In fact that match was over really quickly here. The doubles point is Georgia’s best point all year long and that’s a phenomenal task for us.”

 

On what he remembers from the regular season meeting against Georgia:

·         “Not much, thankfully so because they beat us quickly and decisively. We’ll try to find some chinks in their armor. Them playing at home, playing this well, it’s going to be tough for us. The crowd will be behind them the whole way and we have our hands full, but we’ll give it a go.”

 

On keys for the Gators:

·         “We’re going to have to handle the crowd, clearly. It’s going to be tough on some courts and we’re going to have to be able to handle the downs and change momentum, play together as a team so that if I’m playing on one court and my teammate on the next court is struggling I need to lend a helping hand. I think it’s very important to connect from court to court.”

 

On having played any matches this year in a hostile environment:

·         “We played here (Athens) indoors in March and that was really difficult. We learned a lot from that. We played at Alabama. We’ve played some big matches on the road. Even these freshmen have felt the heat. This is the NCAAs. This is the quarterfinals and it’s the Florida Gators in Athens and there’s not a lot of love for orange and blue here. I think this will be a tougher task then what we’ve face before, but if you’re going to win a championship, you’re going to do it going forward and facing up. Nobody backs their way into a championship.”

 

VIDEO INTERVIEW with Head Coach Roland Thornqivst: http://youtu.be/n1EfViRvI5Y

 

 

NCAA Quarterfinals, Saturday, May 17

12 Noon

·         #2 Alabama (2 seed)  vs. #7 North Carolina (7)

·         #4 Virginia (3) vs. #11 Stanford (11)

4 p.m.

·         #1 Georgia (1) vs. #8 Florida (8)

·         #3 UCLA (5) vs. #5 Duke (4)

 

NCAA Women’s 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 Scoring: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/ncaa-2014-schedule.html

·         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

 

For all of the latest information on Florida women’s tennis:

Official Website: http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women/

Twitter: @GatorZoneWTN  and  @RolandTFlorida

Facebook: FloridaGatorTennis

 

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