Women's Tennis2006 Southeastern Conference
Women's Tennis Tournament
Host of the 2006 SEC Women's
|April 20-23, 2006
Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla.
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The Gators (20-1), who will be making their 18th appearance in the final match in the 19-year history of the event, play either No. 2 seed Vanderbilt or No. 3 Kentucky on Sunday at Noon. That match was in a weather delay and will not begin any early than 5 p.m. ET.
Understandably, the Gator’s
No. 3 tandem of Keri Robison and Nina Suvak had little trouble
dominating in the 8-0 victory over Samantha Orlin and Hayley Prendergast.
Srebrovic carried Florida’s momentum onto the singles court, where she blasted Victoria Jones 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 2 position to give the Gators a 3-0 lead. Jones’ best chance of winning a game came on her serve to open the second set, as she held a 40-0 lead. But Srebrovic battled back to earn the break and seemingly break Jones’ spirit, as Srebrovic spray the court with powerful ground strokes, losing just three points in the final five games of the game to net her third double-bagel of the season.
Women’s SEC Tournament
Ring Tennis Complex
Saturday, April 22, 2006
No. 1 #41 Benik/Gordon, UF, led #51 Schaub/Schutte, UT, 7-3 (DNF)
No. 2 Frangulyan/Srebrovic, UF def. Griffith/Jones, UT, 8-2* (0:51)
No. 3 Robison/Suvak, UF def. Orlin/Prendergast, UT, 8-0 (0:25)
No. 1 #14 Alexis Gordon, UF, led Melissa Schaub, UT, 6-3, 4-3 (DNF)
No. 2 #5 Diana Srebrovic, UF, def. Victoria Jones, UT, 6-0, 6-0 (0:53)
No. 3 #124 Whitney Benik,
No. 4 Nina Suvak, UF, led Samantha Orlin, UT, 6-2, 3-5 (DNF)
No. 5 Samantha Orlin, UT, led Alex Lies, UF, 7-6 (1), 2-3 (DNF)
No. 6 Keri Robison, UF, def.
Order of finish: Doubles- 3, 2; Singles-6, 2, 3
Head Coach Roland Thornqvist
“For a preparation standpoint, it was crucial to play the morning match. Our kids are plenty prepared to play tomorrow and, in fact, I’d like it to be really hot.”
“I think we’re playing well in doubles. No. 3 cruised today and No. 2 doubles was really impressive. They played very confident tennis. They’re two big athletes there and they take up a lot of space. They’re tough to play. No. 1 did a good job of battling and trying to find their way to play at an elite level. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re certainly trying hard. I’m hoping they’ll play their best match of the weekend tomorrow.”
Diana Srebrovic, Sophomore
think it was easy. There were a lot of close matches in the singles.
“It takes a lot of pressure off going into singles up 2-0. You don’t have to worry about anything. There were five singles matches on the court and we only needed to win two. With the quality of players that we have, it would be a surprise if we didn’t win those two matches.”
“We put pressure on ourselves to win because we think that we are good enough to win and that we should win. As far as pressure from the outside, I don’t think it affects us. We want to prove that we can keep winning these titles because we are good enough to do it.”
“I played really well today. As the beginning of this semester, I wasn’t playing my best tennis. I had a couple of minor injuries and I was struggling a little bit. But I feel that today was the beginning of me playing the way I was when I won nationals. I’m really happy with my performance today.”
Whitney Benik, Sophomore
“It was awesome (to avoid a rain delay). We wanted to play and get off the court as soon as we could because I think it’s supposed to rain today. It helped that we already had a point and Diana getting off the court so fast helped too.“
“The last two days (Alexis and I) really improved our play. Yesterday, we had to focus on our return game. Our main focus was getting the return in and playing from there. I think we did well today. We definitely need to improve. Our game still isn’t at the top, but it’s definitely improving and it’s helping us.”
Head Coach Mike Patrick
probably as well as we could have played today.
Melissa Schaub, Senior
“I thought we fought really hard today. The scores were close in a lot of the matches. I think we’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season.”
“I think we handled (the heat) fine. It didn’t bother us much.”
No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. No. 3
The start of this match has been delayed due to weather and is not schedule to start any earlier than 5 p.m. ET.