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Senior Alexandra Cercone is 12-2 in NCAA dual match singles play in her career.

Monday May 19, 2014LIVE: Gators in Action Against UCLA in NCAA Semifinals

Athens, GA

Senior Alexandra Cercone is 12-2 in NCAA dual match singles play in her career.

The Gators have returned to the NCAA Semifinals for the fifth consecutive year and face third-ranked and fifth-seeded UCLA on Monday at 1 p.m. ET, at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

 

The top four seeds all were eliminated during Saturday’s NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships quarterfinals action, with No. 8 Florida earning the biggest victory of the day when it took down top-seeded, No. 1-ranked and host Georgia, 4-1.

 

NCAA Semifinals: Monday, May 19 – 1 p.m. ET

·         #7 North Carolina (7-seed) vs. #11 Stanford (11-seed)

·         #3 UCLA (5-seed) vs. #8 Florida (8-seed)

 

Gators vs. UCLA

·         Florida holds a slight 14-10 lead in the all-time series against UCLA, including an 8-5 edge in NCAA meetings.

·         The teams most recently met in the 2012 NCAA Final in Athens, Georgia, where the Gators earned a 4-0 win and their sixth national championship.

 

LAST MEETING vs. UCLA: 2012 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships Final

No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 2 Florida

Dan Magill Tennis Complex * Athens, Ga.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Final Score: Florida d. UCLA, 4-0

Doubles (1, 3*)

1. Sofie Oyen/Allie Will (1), d. Robin Anderson/Skyler Morton (6), UCLA, 8-2

2. Lauren Embree/Joanna Mather (22), UF led Courtney Dolehide/Pamela Montez (9), UCLA, 6-5 DNF

3. Alexandra Cercone/Caroline Hitimana, UF d. McCall Jones/Carlilng Seguso, UCLA, 8-5

Singles (Order of finish: 5, 4, 2*)

1. Robin Anderson (4), UCLA led Allie Will (1), UF, 6-4, 5-2 DNF

2. Lauren Embree (9), UF d. McCall Jones (98), UCLA, 6-4, 6-0*

3. Joanna Mather (21), UF led Pamela Montez (73), UCLA, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 DNF

4. Sofie Oyen (61), UF d. Skylar Morton (124), UCLA, 6-3, 6-2

5. Alexandra Cercone (79), UF d. Chanelle Van Nguyen (119), UCLA, 6-2, 6-0

6. Carlilng Seguso, UCLA led Olivia Janowicz, UF, 7-6 (6), 2-5 DNF

 

NOTES: Records: 27-1; UCLA 26-3 ... UF wins the NCAA title - the sixth in program history! ... Gators win back-to-back national championships for the first time in program history ... it was the third national title for head coach Roland Thornqvist ... Embree clinches NCAA title for second straight year and is named the NCAA Championship’s Most Outstanding Player for the second time ... Embree and Cercone are named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team (No. 2 and No. 5 singles positions, respectively) ... Embree wins 18th consecutive singles matches and improves to a perfect 12-0 all-time in NCAA singles dual matches ... Cercone improves to 9-0 in NCAA singles dual matches as she won the final nine games of her singles match, including the last three at love ...  Hitimana improved to 12-1 all-time in NCAA doubles dual matches. In her overall career, as well as 16-1 in doubles-point clinching matches ... UF was 26-0 when winning the doubles point (1-1 when losing it) ... Gators ended season on a 22-match win streak ...  this was the program’s eighth all-time win against a No. 1-ranked team, including the second in an NCAA final ... Florida becomes only the second team in NCAA Women’s Tennis history to earn back-to-back national championships ... Mather, the lone senior, helped Florida to a 103-15 overall record during her four-year tenure, including an 87-4 mark during her final three seasons that included three SEC regular-season and tournament titles, as well as a pair of NCAA titles and one national runner-up finish.

 

UF vs. UCLA in the NCAA Championship

1983: Round of 16 – UCLA 7, Florida 2

1988: Semifinals – Florida 5, UCLA 4

1989: Semifinals – UCLA 5, Florida 2

1990: Semifinals – Florida 5, UCLA 4

1991: Semifinals – UCLA 6, Florida 3

1992: Quarterfinals – Florida 5, UCLA 0

1994: Round of 16 – Florida 5, UCLA 2

1996: Semifinals – Florida 5, UCLA 1

2006: Round of 16 – Florida 4, UCLA 3

2007: Quarterfinals – UCLA 4, Florida 3

2008: Semifinals – UCLA 4, Florida 2

2011: Semifinals – Florida 4, UCLA 0

2012: Finals – Florida 4, UCLA 0

 

Semifinal Experience

·         This is UF’s fifth consecutive NCAA Semifinals appearance, posting a 3-1 record during that span.

·         The Gators are making their 24th trip to the NCAA Semifinals in the last 28 years.

 

How We Got to the 2014 NCAA Semifinals

·         First Round: defeated South Carolina State, 4-0 (in Gainesville)

·         Second Round: defeated No. 22 Oklahoma State, 4-1 (in Gainesville, lost the doubles point)

·         Round of 16: defeated No. 10 Vanderbilt (9-seed), 4-0

·         Quarterfinals: defeated No. 1 Georgia, 4-1 (lost court 2 singles)

 

Senior Salute

·         UF’s Three seniors: Alexandra Cercone, Olivia Janowicz and Sofie Oyen

·         This is their fourth trip to the NCAA Semifinals in the career.

·         NCAA Team Record: 20-1 (second-most wins in program history; record is 21 by class of 2013)

·         Team Accomplishments:

o    2011 & 2012 NCAA Champions

o    2011, 2012 & 2013 SEC Regular Season Champions

o    2011, 2012 & 2013 SEC Tournament Champions

 

A Win on Monday would ...

·         Send the Gators to the NCAA Finals for the 14th time in program history, as well as the fourth time in the last five years.

·         be the 21st NCAA win for the current Gator senior class, tying the Class of 2013 (Lauren Embree & Caroline Hitimana) for the most in program history.

 

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 and 15-1 in second round contests.

·         All time, the Gators are 28-3 in round of 16 contests, 24-4 in the quarterfinals, 13-10 in the semifinals and 6-7 in the title match.

 

Florida at the NCAA Championships, at a Glance

·         Florida is making its 32nd appearance in the 33-year history of the NCAA Championships, missing only the 1986 event.

·         The Gators boast a 102-25 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 24 times in the last 28 years (including 2014), with 13 trips to the NCAA final.

 

Quoting Florida Head Coach Roland Thornqvist
On Saturday’s win against top-ranked Georgia to advance to the NCAA Semifinals:

“Last night was a nice night and today is a good day. It’s still sinking in a little bit. We’re going to start focusing in on UCLA this afternoon and tonight. I’m just really proud of the team. They’ve come a long way. We played this same Georgia team in Athens two months ago and we got blown out of the building. I’m proud of the work they did, in particular in doubles. They’ve come a long way. Yesterday was just very, very nice.”

 

On the top four seeds falling in the quarterfinal round:

“People have been talking about that all year. I think this year is very even. We thought coming into this tournament that there were 10 different teams that could have won. The fact that we now have four teams, three of whom people probably didn’t expect to be in this final four, it is what it is. That’s pretty cool for college tennis.”

 

On UCLA:

“We saw them play at (National Team) Indoors and they are really talented. I think they’ve won every doubles point this year so just like yesterday, we’re going to have to be tough in doubles. In singles, they are talented one through six. We’ve had some same matchup with these players in the past and so we’re fairly familiar with all of them. I’m sure it’s going to be a battle. Any final four you play, it usually comes down to the wire. Teams want it this badly. We’re going to rest today and physically be ready for tomorrow.”

WATCH UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist Video Preview of Monday’s Match

·         http://youtu.be/zYw6DE4VQ2g

 

Florida’s Media Notes:

·         http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women/stats/notes/pre/20140519130000.pdf

 

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)

·         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

·         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

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