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JEFF MORRISON
Junior, 2L
6-1, 160
Huntington, W.V. (Dorman HS, S.C.)

1999 NCAA Singles Champion...Two All-America honors (singles and doubles in 1999)...Named to 1999 USA Tennis Collegiate Team for summer of 1999...First player in UF history to win 30 or more singles matches in back-to-back seasons (30 in 1998 and 47 in 1999)...77 career singles wins is already tied for the eighth-best mark in school history...47 wins in 1999 was best single-season mark in Gator record books.
SUMMER OF 1999 - Lost in the first round of the U.S. Open to Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic (6-1, 6-2, 6-4)...Dropped a 7-6 (6), 6-3 match to France's Cedric Pioline in the first round of the ATP event in Indianapolis...Reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Futures event in Redding, Calif.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 1998-99 - NCAA Singles Champion...Named All-America in singles and doubles...Selected the ITA National Player to Watch and the Region 3 ITA Player to Watch...Named the 1999 SEC Player of the Year...Chosen first-team All-SEC in singles and doubles...Ranked second in the nation in final singles rankings and ninth (with Nathan Overholser) in final doubles rankings... Selected to NCAA Individual Championships for singles and doubles... Named the ITA National Player of the Month for March...47 singles wins was the best single-season total in Gator history (broke Mark Merklein's record of 38 in 1994)...Led team in wins (47-7) and wins over ranked opponents (27-5)...23-2 in dual play, including 11-1 in SEC duals...44-4 when winning first set...Four clinching wins was second-best total on squad...13-2 at home in singles...Teamed with Overholser for 21 wins in doubles, tied for the fifth-best single-season mark in Gator history...The duo posted nine wins over ranked foes and was also 13-0 at home...Played at number one for first time in career against Charleston Southern and clinched Gator victory...Clinched UF win over Florida State...Straight set win over eighth-ranked Hisham Hemeda of Georgia...6-4, 6-4 win over 22nd-ranked James Shortall of Ole Miss...Won his 30th for second straight year with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Mississippi State's 15th-ranked Marco Baron...Downed LSU's Michal Chmela, 6-2, 6-3...Rallied for 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kentucky's 33rd-ranked Carlos Drada...Avenged fall defeat by knocking off 10th-ranked Peter Handoyo of Tennessee (6-3, 7-5)...Sealed Gator win over Auburn with victory against Mark Kovacs...Beat South Carolina's 62nd-ranked Jerome Jourdon (6-4, 6-4)...Rolled to a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Alabama's fifth-ranked Francisco Rodriguez in regular season meeting...Posted a three-set win over Vanderbilt's 72nd-ranked Kyle Porter to complete an 11-0 SEC regular season and win his 19th consecutive match overall...Had 19-match winning streak snapped in SEC Tournament vs. Alabama's eighth-ranked Rodriguez...Tied Gator single-season record with his 38th win over Miami's Arpad Odry in NCAA first round...Set Gator single-season record with 39th of the year against South Florida's 80th-ranked Fabio Tintori in NCAA second round...Battled to three-set win over SMU's 11th-ranked Ignacio Hirigoyen in NCAA round of 16...Posted a 7-5, 6-3 victory over UCLA's seventh-ranked Jean-Noel Grinda in NCAA team quarterfinals...Win over Stanford's 32nd-ranked K.J. Hippensteel in first round of individual NCAAs...Eliminated Pepperdine's 31st-ranked Kelly Gullett in NCAA second round...Reached NCAA quarterfinals with 7-6 (6), 6-1 victory over Tennessee's 15th-ranked Handoyo...Downed SMU's 11th-ranked Hirigoyen for second time in less than a week with straight set win (6-4, 6-2) in NCAA quarterfinals...Advanced to NCAA singles final with 6-2, 6-3 win over Washington's 58th-ranked Eric Drew...Captured the NCAA singles title with a 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 victory over Harvard's top-seeded and top-ranked James Blake...16-4 during fall season...Claimed the singles title at the Southern Collegiates with a three-set victory over Georgia's seventh-ranked Hemeda...Fell in the semifinals of the A-2 flight at the USC Fall Classic...Reached the finals of the ITA Region III Indoor Championships before falling to Tennessee's Handoyo...Knocked off Stanford's fifth-ranked Ryan Wolters to advance to the quarterfinals of the Rolex National Indoors before losing in three sets to top-rated James Blake of Harvard.

SUMMER OF 1998 - Finished sixth on the USTA Satellite Circuit...Earned 18 ATP singles points and eight ATP doubles points for his performance...Advanced to the semifinals in singles at the St. Joseph, Mo. segment...Made it to the semifinals in doubles, with fellow Gator Nathan Overholser, at the Springfield, Mo. segment.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 1997-98 - Led UF with 30 singles victories, the best single-season total for a Gator freshman in UF history...30 wins was also the third-best single-season total in school history...UF's number four singles player (12-5 record) who also played at number three (4-1) and number five (1-0)...He and Nathan Overholser ranked 20th in doubles in final rankings...UF's number one duo owned seven wins over ranked doubles teams (five ranked in the Top 15)...Chosen to NCAA Doubles Field with Overholser...Won seven of his last eight matches to close year...Team-best 13-2 at home...Two clinching wins was tied for second on team...25-3 when winning the first set...17-6 in dual play, including an 8-4 mark in the SEC...9-4 in tiebreakers...Team-best 11-match winning streak to begin Gator career...Clinched UF's victory over Florida International with 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 victory over Luis Rodriguez...Sealed Gator win over Arizona State with 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Tim Hammond...Pulled upset over Mississippi State's 48th-ranked Jeremy Bayon (3-6, 6-4, 6-3)...Won six straight sets in UF's three wins over Auburn, Arkansas and Vanderbilt...Played at career-high number three singles vs. Vanderbilt with 6-2, 6-3 victory over Danny Tym...Knocked off then highest ranked opponent of his career with a 7-5, 6-3 upset of South Carolina's 22nd-ranked Guillaume Legat at number three singles...Tied Gator freshman record with 28th singles win over Kentucky's Johan Hesoun (6-2, 6-1)...Set UF freshman record with 29th win over Alabama's Ariel Rivero (7-5, 6-0) at SEC Tournament...Trailed 5-1 in the first set before winning 12 straight games to win the match...Won 30th match of the year with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) win over Alabama's Alin Taranga at NCAA Regional...Fell in first round of NCAA Doubles with Overholser.

SUMMER OF 1997 - Advanced to the quarterfinals of Boys' 18s singles at the 1997 USTA National Championship in Kalamazoo...Upset the top seed, Brian Vahaly, in the fifth round.

PREP - A 1997 graduate of Dorman High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina...Ranked as high as 18th in the nation and fifth in district in Boys' 18s...Had a national Top 25 ranking in Boys' 16s...Captured the Boys' 18s title at the 1997 Western Closed...Finished second at the 1996 Western Closed Boys' Open...Member of state champion doubles team his freshman year...Played number one singles and doubles, helping team to state title his sophomore year...A member of the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL - Born Jeffrey Alan Morrison on February 4, 1979 in Huntington, West Virginia...Son of Alan and Catherine Morrison...Has a younger sister, Brooke...Enjoys playing basketball and golf in his free time...Favorite sports personality is Pete Sampras...Favorite movie is Hoosiers...Also considered Illinois and North Carolina.

MAJOR - Hospitality Management.

MORRISON'S FLORIDA SINGLES STATS
Year Pos Home Away Neutral SEC Dual Tourn. Overall Pct.
1998 3,4,5 13-2 5-4 12-4 8-4 17-6 13-4 30-10 .750
1999e 1,2,3 13-2 13-0 21-5 11-1 23-2 24-5 47-7 .870
TOTALS - 26-4 18-4 33-9 19-5 40-8 37-9 77-17 .819
MORRISON'S FLORIDA DOUBLES STATS
Year Pos Dual Overall Pct.
1998 1,2 14-8 24-12 .667
1999 1 21-3 26-8 .765
TOTALS - 35-11 50-20 .714
CAREER NCAA TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE
SINGLES
Year Team/Individual W/L Opponent School Score Pos
1999 Team W Arpad Odry Miami 6-4,6-1 1    
1999 Team W Fabio Tintori USF 6-1,6-3 1    
1999 Team W Ignacio Hirigoyen SMU 6-3,4-6,6-1 1      
1999 Team W Jean-Noel Grinda UCLA 7-5,6-3 1    
1999 Individual W K.J. Hippensteel Stanford 6-4,7-5 1st Rd   .  
1999 Individual W Kelly Gullett Pepperdine 6-2,7-5(4) 2nd Rd      
1999 Individual W Peter Handoyo Tennessee 7-6(6),6-1 3rd Rd      
1999 Individual W Ignacio Hirigoyen SMU 6-4,6-2 QF    
1999 Individual W Eric Drew Washington 6-2,6-3 SF    
1999 Individual W James Blake Harvard 7-6(2),2-6,6-4 F      
DOUBLES
Year Team/Individual Partner W/L Opponent School Score Pos
1998 Individual Overholser L Abaroa-Uribe Kansas 3-6,7-6(4),3-6 1st Rd.    
1999 Team Overholser W Arrowsmith-Thompson Miami 8-3 1
1999 Team Overholser W Mauck-Pollack SMU 8-5 1
1999 Team Overholser W Grinda-Min-Lee UCLA 8-6 1
1999 Individual Overholser W Coates-Rodrigue Utah 6-2,6-1 1st Rd.    
1999 Individual Overholser L Toroman-Williams Tulsa 4-6,6-3,4-6 2nd Rd.    

 

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