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Alexandra Cercone

5' 5"
Seminole, Fla.
Allendale Academy

(as of September 6, 2013)


Alexandra Cercone (pronounced sir-CONE)


Major: Psychology




                    OVERALL      DUAL          SEC      ALL NCAA   OVERALL       DUAL           SEC      ALL NCAA


2010-11         37-11           23-3           10-1            5-1               28-7             20-1             7-0              3-1

2011-12          29-8            19-4            8-2              4-0              22-10            15-7             6-2              4-1

2012-13         26-10           17-3            9-1              1-3              16-18            9-11             4-4              1-2

Totals             92-29          59-10          27-4           10-4             66-35           44-19           17-6            8-4


All-Time Dual Match , Singles By Position


                           #1                #2               #3               #4                  #5                 #6           Record

2010-11                                                   1-0              3-1               16-2              3-0             23-3

2011-12                                                   1-0             11-3               7-1                                   19-4

2012-13                                1-0            16-3                                                                           17-3

Totals                                    1-0            18-3           14-4              23-3              3-0            59-10



*Career-high ITA singles ranking: 28 (Jan. 4, 2011)

*Career-high ITA doubles rankings: 6 (2011 Final with Allie Will)

*2011 & 2012 NCAA All-Tournament Team (No. 5 Singles)

*competed in the 2011 NCAA Singles Championships

*selected for the 2013 NCAA Singles Championships

*reached quarterfinals of 2011 NCAA Doubles Championships (with Allie Will)

*2011 Doubles All-American

*2011, 2012 & 2013 All-Southeastern Conference Second Team

*2011 SEC All-Freshman Team

*three-time SEC Freshman of the Week (March 8, 29 and April 5, 2011)

*won 100th combined career singles and doubles match – 4-6, 7-6 (1), 1-0 (10-6) vs. Jackie Kasler in singles (March 30, 2012 at Auburn; 43rd Gator to do so)

*won a team-best 37 singles matches (37-11) during the 2011 season

*2012 ITA Scholar-Athlete (minimum 3.50 GPA)

*2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll

*2011 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

*won her 80th singles match of her career on March 1, 2013 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Elisha Gabb (Missouri)

*highest ranked opponent defeated: No. 10 Krista Hardebeck, Stanford (4-6, 6-4, 6-3, Feb. 24, 2013)

*highest ranked opponent played: No. 5 Zsofi Susanyi, California (lost 6-1, 6-1, May 19, 2013)



*22-14 versus ranked opponents

*19-15 record in three-set matches

*13-3 in singles dual match clinching matches

*19-5 in doubles-point clinching matches

*in NCAA dual matches: 10-2 in singles (4-1 in clinchers); 6-3 in doubles (2-1 in clinching doubles-point matches)




AS A SENIOR (2013-14)

*Preseason (September) ITA National Singles Ranking: 38



AS A JUNIOR (2012-13)


*Selected for the NCAA Singles Championships

*All-SEC Second Team

*SEC Player of the Week (February 25)



*Final ITA National Ranking: 51

*Season-High National Singles Ranking: 49 (Fall)

*Final Southeast Region Ranking: 6

*17-3 in dual matches

*9-1 in SEC regular-season matches

*dropped a tough 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4 loss to UNLV’s No. 59 Lucia Batta in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships

*unable to close out her match against Stanford’s No. 14 Krista Hardebeck in the NCAA Semifinals after serving up 5-1 in the second set, as the Cardinal stormed back for the 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3 decision that proved to be the clinching match

*posted her first double-bagel win of the year in the NCAA First Round against Marist’s Joana Sun and gave UF a 2-0 lead

*provided the clinching victory for Florida over Clemson on Feb. 22 as she came from behind to beat No. 57 Beatrice Gumulya 7-6 (4), 6-4

*defeated Stanford’s No. 10 Krista Hardebeck 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Feb. 24 after losing the first set then battling back to win the final two sets in a match that took more than three hours because of a rain delay and a move indoors

*the win came about a month after Hardebeck defeated her 6-2, 6-1 at the Freeman Memorial in Las Vegas

*collected the 80th singles win of her career in the SEC opener at Missouri on March 1 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Elisha Gabb

*defeated No. 91 Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt) 6-3, 6-2 in the SEC Quarterfinal

*defeated No. 89 Silvia Garcia (Georgia) 6-4, 6-3 in the SEC Final

*highest ranked opponent played: No. 2 Krista Hardebeck, Stanford (lost, 6-2, 6-1 on Jan. 18 at Freeman Memorial round of 16)

*highest ranked opponent defeated: No. 10 Krista Hardebeck, Stanford (4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Feb. 24)

*7-3 in dual matches versus ranked opponents

*3-2 record in singles dual match clinching matches

*6-7 overall record in three-set matches (3-2 in dual matches)



*Preseason (September) ITA National Singles Ranking: 49

*6-5 record, including a 1-4 record in three-set matches

*competed in four different events, highlighted by her semifinal showing at the season-ending Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic, where she won three matches before falling 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 to Memphis’ eventual champion Liza Tymchenko



*FINAL ITA National Ranking: none

*Season-High National Doubles Ranking: 29 (Fall, with Sofie Oyen)

*Final Southeast Region Ranking: none

*9-11 in dual matches

*4-4 in SEC regular-season dual matches

*clinched the doubles point for Florida with Brianna Morgan on Jan. 30 by beating Central Florida’s Sofie Baptista and Jenna Doerfler 8-3

*clinched the doubles point with Morgan on Feb. 22 by defeating Clemson’s Ani Miao and Liz Jeukeng 8-5

*playing with Caroline Hitimana, lost to Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares (Vanderbilt) 8-3 of in the SEC Quarterfinal

*lost to Stefinia Hristov and Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) 8-4 with Hitimana in the SEC Semifinal

*lost to No. 62 Maho Kowase and Lauren Herring (Georgia) 8-0 in the SEC Final with Olivia Janowicz 

*1-3 in dual matches with Sofie Oyen

*0-2 with Sophie Oyen in dual matches versus ranked opponents

*3-3 in dual matches with Brianna Morgan

*2-1 in dual matches with Olivia Janowicz

*3-4 in dual matches with Caroline Hitimana

*2-3 in dual doubles point clinching matches



*Preseason ITA National Doubles Ranking: 29 (with Sofie Oyen)

*compiled a 6-4 record playing with Caroline Hitimana (2-1), Brianna Morgan (3-1) and Sofie Oyen (1-3)

*with Morgan reached the final of the season-ending Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic, falling to Memphis’ Collins and Grey, 8-6 after defeating teams from Alabama and Tennessee

*reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Southeast Regional with Hitimana, dropping an 8-1 decision to Florida State’s Brothwick and Segarelli



AS A SOPHOMORE (2011-12)


*NCAA All-Tournament Team (No. 5 Singles)

*Second Team All-SEC

*won 100th combined career singles and doubles match (March 30 at Auburn; 43rd Gator to do so)

*2012 ITA Scholar-Athlete (minimum 3.50 GPA)

*2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll



*FINAL ITA National Singles Ranking: 76

*FINAL ITA South Region Ranking: 12

*Season-High National Singles Ranking: 34 (September 2011) 

*19-4 in dual matches, including 8-2 in SEC regular-season matches

*first to finish her singles match against UCLA in the NCAA title match, as she posted a 6-2, 6-0 win in one hour and nine minutes against Chanelle Van Nguyen and gave Florida a 2-0 lead; improved to a perfect 9-0 in NCAA singles dual matches, won the final nine games of the match, including the last three at love

*clinched UF’s NCAA Semifinal win against No. 3 Duke, as she trailed 2-0 in the third set but regrouped to win the next three games and held for a 4-2 lead; she then held double break-point in the seventh game, but Mary Clayton battled back to hold and jumped out on Cercone’s serve by winning the first three points to set up triple break point; fought off all three of those and another to take a 5-3 lead, then capitalize on her first break point opportunity in the next game as Clayton’s ground stroke sailed long in the 3 hour and 14 minute match ended with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 decision

*earned first win in the NCAA Quarterfinal victory against Miami, tallying a 6-2, 6-2 decision against Liat Zimmerman

*two points away from winning her NCAA Round of 16 match when play was halted after UF won the dual match

*provided the finishes touches on UF’s 7-0 victory at Auburn (March 30), as she rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (1), 1-0 (10-6) over Jackie Kasler and earned her 100th combined singles and doubles victory and became the 43rd member of the Gator’s 100-victory club (it was won her 57th match on the singles court, shortly after winning her 43rd on the doubles court)

*4-1 versus ranked opponents

*highest ranked opponent defeated: No. 70 Ecaterina Vasenina, South Florida (6-2, 7-5, Sept. 23, 2011, UCF Quad Tournament – no rounds)

*highest ranked opponent played: No. 41 Maho Kowase, Georgia (lost 6-0, 6-3, March 4) 

*7-5 record in three-set matches

*3-0 in singles dual match clinching matches



*competed in four different events and posted a 3-0 record at the UCF Quad Tournament (no rounds) with straight set wins against USF’s No. 70 Ecaterina Vasenina and Miami’s No. 103 Gabriela Mejia and a 3-0 record at the USF Fall Tennis Classic (no rounds)

*reached the round of the 32 of qualifying at the Riviera/ITA All-American, falling in three sets to UNC’s Lauren McHale and in the round of 32 at the USTA/ITA SE Regional to Georgia’s Lauren Herring, also in three sets



*FINAL ITA National Doubles Ranking: 60 (with Janowicz)

*FINAL ITA South Region Ranking: 10 (with Janowicz)

*Season-High National Doubles Ranking: 26 (September 2011 with Caroline Hitimana)

*22-10 overall record, 15-7 in dual matches playing with Olivia Janowicz (9-4), Caroline Hitimana (6-2), Allie Will (0-2) and Sofie Oyen (1-0)

*in the NCAA lineup pairing with Hitimana

*in the NCAA title match, provided the clinching doubles-point victory with an 8-5 decision against McCall Jones and Carlilng Seguso; Cercone & Hitimana lost their serve early, but got the match back on serve in the sixth game with a break before Hitimana held at love for 4-3. Both teams held on the next four games, before the Gators broke at love to take a 7-5 lead and Cercone served up an ace on match point to earn the victory

*won a thrilling 8-6 clinching victory that lasted 1:46 in the NCAA Quarterfinals against Miami’s Anna Bartenstein and Brittany Dubins, holding serve in the 13th game that lasted 18 points and fighting off five break points for the 7-6 lead

*earned a clutch 8-2 against Michigan’s Kristy Dodge and Sarah Lee in the NCAA Round of 16 after falling behind 2-0 and helped UF win the doubles point

*provided the first victory of the NCAA Team Championships with an 8-0 win against South Carolina State’s Katarina Barborikova and Valeria Savina

*2-1 in doubles point clinching matches (loss was with Will 8-3 vs. Stanford’s M. Burdette and N. Gibbs, Feb. 12)



*compiled a 6-2 record overall, logging a 5-1 record with Sofie Oyen and a 1-1 mark with Caroline Hitimana

*with Oyen reached the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA SEC Regional and went 3-0 at the USF Fall Tennis Classic (no rounds)



AS A FRESHMAN (2010-11)


*NCAA All-Tournament Team (No. 5 Singles)

*competed in the NCAA Singles Championships

*reached quarterfinals of NCAA Doubles Championships (with Allie Will)

*Doubles All-American

*All-Southeastern Conference Second Team

*SEC All-Freshman Team

*three-time SEC Freshman of the Week (March 8, 29 and April 5)

*won a team-best 37 singles matches (37-11)

*SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

*only Gator to complete and win all four singles matches at the NCAA Championship site (won all five completed matches in six NCAA matches)



*FINAL ITA National Singles Ranking: 51

*FINAL ITA South Region Ranking: 10

*Season-High National Singles Ranking: 28 (Jan. 4, 2011)

*37-11 overall and 23-3 in dual matches (10-1 in SEC dual matches)

*played positions 3-6, with the majority coming at the No. 5 spot where she was 16-2

*held a career-best 14-matches winning streak

*11-7 versus ranked opponents

*highest ranked opponent played: No. 1-ranked Jana Juricova of California (L, 6-2, 6-1, Jan. 5 in USTA-ITA National Indoors Round of 16)

*highest ranked opponent defeated: No. 14 Bianca Eichkorn, Miami (7-5, 6-4, Oct. 23, ITA Southeast Regional Round of 16)

*only Gator to complete and win all four singles matches at the NCAA Championship site with three being three-setters, including the 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory against Stanford’s Veronica Li in the final that cut UF’s deficit to 3-2

*7-1 in clinching matches, including the 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 comeback against Miami’s Danielle Mills in the NCAA Quarterfinals when she trailed 5-3 in the third set; the 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory against Clemson’s Masha Belaya in the NCAA Round of 16; the 6-0, 6-3 win versus South Carolina’s Adriana Pereira in the NCAA Second Round; and the 6-3, 6-3 victory against Tennessee’s Maria Sorbello in the SEC Tournament Championship match and the thrilling 6-3, 7-5 win against Duke’s Mary Clayton in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships

*7-3 record in three-set matches, winning her last six with three coming in the final four NCAA Tournament dual matches



*ITA Preseason Singles Ranking: freshmen are ineligible

*lost two of her first three collegiate matches, before ripping off 10 of her next 11, which included matches against seven ranked foes

*played her way through three pre-qualifying matches at the Riviera/ITA All-American and won two more in the qualifying round, before falling 6-4, 7-6 (6) to Stanford’s 21st-ranked Mallory Burdette in the final round

*advanced to the final of the 64-player ITA Southeast Regional, where she lost to teammate and roommate Olivia Janowicz, 6-3, 7-5

*earned a wildcard into the main draw of the USTA-ITA National Indoors, where she defeated Columbia’s 120th-ranked Nicole Bartnik, 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 32, before dropping the match to Juricova



*FINAL ITA National Doubles Ranking: 6 (with Allie Will); No. 83 (with Olivia Janowicz)

*FINAL ITA Southeast Region Ranking: 2; Season-High National Doubles Ranking: 2 with Allie Will (May 3, 2011)

*28-7 overall and 20-1 in dual matches (7-0 in SEC dual matches)

*has paired with Allie Will (14-1), Olivia Janowicz (8-3) and Caroline Hitimana (6-3)

*all matches with Will have been dual matches at the No. 1 spot except for the NCAA Doubles Championships where the pair reached the quarterfinals

*won final three matches (all dual matches) played with Hitimana and all three were the clinching doubles-point decision

*recorded a victory in all three matches played at the SEC Tournament, highlighted by the 8-5 win against Tennessee’s 16th-ranked Natalie Pluskota and Brynn Boren in the SEC Tournament final

*11-2 versus ranked opponents, including 3-1 against top-10 teams

*highest ranked opponent played: No. 6 (with Will: vs. Clemson’s Josipa Bek and Keri Wong, W 8-6, May 20, clinching doubles point in NCAA Round of 16)

*14-1 in clinching doubles-point matches (7-0 with Will; 3-0 with Hitimana; 4-1 with Janowicz), lone loss an 8-6 decision on Feb. 21 to Stanford’s Tan and McVeigh in the National Team Indoor Final at the No. 3 spot (had defeated that same pair 8-2 at the Freeman Memorial Championships at UNLV on Jan. 16)



*ITA Preseason Doubles Ranking: none

*teamed with Hitimana and Janowicz

*reached the final round of pre-qualifying in the Riviera/ITA All-American with Hitimana



*Graduated from Seminole High School in 2010

*enrolled at the University of Florida during the summer of 2010

*trained for 15 years at the Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club in Largo, Fla.

*listed as the No. 4 recruit in the country by and No. 1 in the Southeast

*represented the U.S. in the 2007 Maureen Connolly-Brinker Cup vs. Great Britain

*captured the Girls’ 18s singles title of the USTA Winter Super Nationals on Jan. 1, 2008, defeating five of the top 20 seeds to win the championship, including the 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory against top-seeded Keri Wong for the crown

*listed No. 94 in the Nov. 2009 International Tennis Federation world rankings listing

*reached the singles final at the 2008 South Carolina G18 ITF

*pairing with Beatrice Capra, reached the final of the 2009 Pan American Closed ITF Championships, having to retire in the last match after winning the first game  and also reaching the semifinals of the 2009 International Casablanca Junior Cup in Mexico and the 2009 AEGON International Junior Tennis Championships – Roehampton in Great Britain

*reached the semifinals of the 2009 Easter Bowl ITF GB18 Championships, where she fell to current Gator Lauren Embree

*advanced to the round of 16 at the 2009 USTA G18 National Championships, again bowing out in a three-set decision to Embree

*played in the 2009 Australian open Junior Championships, where she competed her way through qualifying and reached the round of 32

*participated in 2009 at the Junior French Open, Junior Wimbledon and Junior U.S. Open

*2007 Girls’ 16 Eddie Herr singles finalist

*won the 2007 Girls’ 16 Hard Court National Doubles title, as well as the 2007 Easter Bowl doubles crown with Jackie Kasler

*coached by her mother Maria Cercone.

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