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Sofie Oyen is one of three seniors who helped the Gators advance to at least the final four each season.

Monday May 19, 2014Gators Fall to UCLA in NCAA Semifinals

Athens, GA

Sofie Oyen is one of three seniors who helped the Gators advance to at least the final four each season.

For the first hour of singles play, No. 3 UCLA dominated action and it looked like victory would be quick against No. 8 Florida in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships Semifinals.


The Gators, however, rallied and did what they do best which is fight until the end and made things very interesting during the second hour of play. The Bruins did prevail in the end, 4-0, but Florida proved to be a tough out and the final team score didn’t indicate the closeness of the dual match played at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the Univ. of Georgia campus Monday afternoon.


The Gators stood toe to toe with the nation’s No. 1 and No. 9-ranked doubles teams in the country, but fell to both in tiebreakers, 8-7 (5), as the Bruins claimed what proved to be a very crucial point in the dual match. UCLA has won the doubles point in every match it played this season, compiling a remarkable 57-5 individual doubles mark in dual match play through Monday’s action.


UCLA came out strong on all six singles courts, capturing the first set on five of the courts, with only senior Sofie Oyen managing to win hers 7-6 (3) for the Gators on court three.


The Bruins continued their early dominance by earning straight-set wins on courts one and two, where No. 8 Jennifer Brady downed No. 14 Olivia Janowicz, 6-1, 6-1, and No. 2 Robin Anderson handled No. 16 Brianna Morgan, 6-1, 6-3 in an hour and 22 minutes and give UCLA a 3-0 lead in the team scoring.


The other four courts were early in their respective second sets, as freshman Belinda Woolcock trailed 3-0, senior Alexandra Cercone was on serve midway through before being broken to go down 5-3, and freshman Kourtney Keegan got an early jump for a 3-0 lead on court six and all needed to win and force a deciding third to keep Florida alive.


Keegan did polish off her second set 6-3, serving out at love in the final game and forced a third set.


Woolcock rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 and turned away one match point in the 10th game, to force a tiebreaker, which she dominated 7-2 and forced a third set.


Cercone, who was battling No. 13 Chanelle Van Nguyen, was receiving, down 5-4 in the second when she lost just one point for the break and held to even the frame at 5-all. She then held five break points in the 11th game, but couldn’t get any, however, did serve out at love in the next game and forced a tiebreaker, which she led 4-3.


Keegan’s opponent regained her first-set groove and raced out to a 3-0 lead in the third set on court six. Keegan held in the fourth game, but junior Kaitlin Ray served a love game to keep the big 4-1 lead and the next two games were holds, before Ray managed to break on her third match-point opportunity and clinch the dual match win for the Bruins.


NCAA Semifinals

·         #7 North Carolina (7-seed) d. #11 Stanford (11-seed), 4-3

·         #3 UCLA (5-seed) d. #8 Florida (8-seed), 4-0


Gators vs. UCLA

·         Florida still holds a slight 14-11 lead in the all-time series against UCLA, including an 8-6 edge in NCAA meetings.

·         The teams most recent meeting prior to Monday was in the 2012 NCAA Final in Athens, Georgia, where the Gators earned a 4-0 win and their sixth national championship.


Semifinal Round

·         This was UF’s fifth consecutive NCAA Semifinals appearance, posting a 3-2 record during that span.

·         The Gators made 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 was their fourth trip to the NCAA Semifinals in their career.

·         NCAA Team Record: 20-2 (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

o    Home Record: 51-0

o    Overall Record: 107-11

o    SEC Record: 45-4

o    Combined Singles Wins: 349

o    Combined Doubles Wins: 253

o    Combined Singles & Doubles Wins: 602

o    This is the ONLY Gator senior class that has featured three players each of whom has won 100+ singles matches!

o    This senior trio’s combined singles and doubles win total is the most ever by any senior class in the 42-year history of the Gator tennis program.

o    Cercone and Janowicz graduated on May 3; Oyen will complete an internship during the summer and graduate in August.


Florida at the NCAA Championships, at a Glance

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

·         The Gators boast a 102-26 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
Opening Statement:

“We lost to a better team. That’s just reality. We were playing downhill from first ball, especially in singles. Even in doubles we dug ourselves a big hole and somehow managed to come back. I must say it is one of the greatest improvements I’ve seen in my tenure in such short notice has been our doubles play. From the SEC Tournament and the work we did from then on into the NCAA Tournament, our doubles was just like a different being so that’s certainly something we will talk about when we meet tonight.


“I didn’t think we hung our heads after losing the doubles point, even though it was big momentum for them. I thought we had a good opportunities in singles but they really took it to us early and it was downhill for them, uphill for us from the very first ball. I thought the match could have been over an hour and a half earlier but we always like to say, ‘the third hour of singles is really when our play have an effect on people.’ We really try to get there and we were oh so close to be able to turn momentum a little bit. But this UCLA team has a lot of class. They are good from one to six. They have ball strikers in some spots and have grinders, like at (court) six who can keep the ball in. All the credit to UCLA. Fantastic team. Today, we lost to a better team.”


On the Gator’s two freshmen gaining experience in pressure situations:

“Certainly, it’s a learning thing for them, even for Brianna (Morgan, a sophomore). Brianna played four for us last year and today she was on the show court (one). If you look at the UCLA team that played two years ago in the finals, it’s very similar and look at where they are now. I need to point out that our three seniors put four trophies in our case, two championship ones and two third-place ones up in our building. Not a lot of senior classes can say that. We’re sad to see them go, but boy they made a great impact on our program.”


UF Senior Olivia Janowicz

On playing her final team match:

“It has meant everything. Now that we’ve lost there’s not really as much to look forward to as in other years I knew we could come back and play in the team championship again. Playing for yourself is totally different. I’m definitely excited (to play in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships), but more than anything I’m more sad and disappointed that I can’t come back and get another championship for my team. My team means so much more to me.”



WATCH POSTMATCH PRESS CONFERENCE - UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist  and senior Olivia Janowicz







What’s Next: Gators in the NCAA Individual Championships

·         Alexandra Cercone, Olivia Janowicz and Brianna Morgan were selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Singles Championships that begins Wed., May 21 in Athens, Georgia

·         Two Gator tandems earned a spot in the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championships field: Janowicz pairs with freshman Kourtney Keegan and senior Sofie Oyen teams with rookie Belinda Woolcock in the 32-team doubles field. Doubles play begins May 22 in Athens, Georgia.

·         Keegan also is an alternate for the 64-player NCAA singles draw.

·         Alexandra Cercone will be competing in the NCAA Singles Championships for the third time in her career (also 2011, 2013)

·         Olivia Janowicz will be competing in the singles draw for the second time and the doubles draw for the first time in her career.

·         Brianna Morgan will be competing in the singles draw for the first time in her career.

·         Sofie Oyen will be competing in the doubles draw for the third time in her career (also 2012 & 2013).


Gator Senior Classes, By NCAA Team Wins*




Win Pct.



Lauren Embree, Caroline Hitimana




Cercone, Janowicz, Oyen




Julia Scaringe




Joanna Mather






Gator Senior Classes, By NCAA Team Win Pct.*




Win Pct.



Lauren Embree, Caroline Hitimana




Cercone, Janowicz, Oyen




Joanna Mather




Julia Scaringe


*beginning in 1999 when field expanded to 64 teams



NCAA Dual Match Records, Current Gators


Singles (2014)

Doubles (2014)


12-2 (2-0)

7-4 (1-1)


10-3 (2-2)

5-2 (3-1)


7-6 (3-0)

17-4 (2-2)


6-1 (2-1)

5-2 (3-1)


2-1 (same)

1-1 (same)


1-0 (same)

0-0 (same)


2-0 (same)

2-2 (same)



Final Agate

#8 Seed / #8 Ranked Florida vs. #5 Seed / #3 Ranked UCLA

NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships Semifinals

Dan Magill Tennis Complex * Athens, Georgia

Monday, May 19, 2014


Final Score: UCLA 4, Florida 0


Doubles (order of finish: 2, 1*)

1. #1 Robin Anderson/Jennifer Brady, UCLA d. Alexandra Cercone/Kourtney Keegan, UF, 8-7 (5)* [1:17]

2. #9 Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips, UCLA d. #27 Sofie Oyen/Belinda Woolcock, UF, 8-7 (5) [1:15]

3. Olivia Janowicz/Brianna Morgan, UF vs. Courtney Dolehide/Chanelle Van Nguyen, UCLA, 6-6 DNF


Singles (order of finish: 2, 1, 6*)

1. #2 Robin Anderson, UCLA d. #16 Brianna Morgan, UF, 6-1, 6-3 [1:22]

2. #8 Jennifer Brady, UCLA d. #14 Olivia Janowicz, UF, 6-1, 6-1 [1:12]

3. #70 Sofie Oyen, UF vs. #38 Kyle McPhillips, UCLA 7-6(3), 4-6, 0-0 DNF

4. #28 Alexandra Cercone, UF vs. #13 Chanelle Van Nguyen, UCLA, 2-6, 6-6 (4-3) DNF

5. #99 Belinda Woolcock, UF vs. #75 Catherine Harrison, UCLA, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 1-3 DNF

6. Kaitlin Ray, UCLA vs. #67 Kourtney Keegan, UF, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2* [2:14]


Records: Florida 23-6; UCLA 26-2

National ITA Ranking: Florida 8; UCLA 3

NCAA Seed: Florida 8, UCLA 5


*indicates clinching doubles point/dual match win


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