FLORIDA WOMEN'S TENNIS

Shuffle doesn't hurt UF lineup


Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 11:56 p.m.
The Florida women's tennis team showed Saturday how even the talent is this season.
In the season opener against South Florida, Zerene Reyes, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year, was out of the singles lineup. Senior Julia Scaringe, a career Nos. 5 and 6 player, was at No. 2.
Even with the shuffle, the second-ranked Gators rolled to a 7-0 sweep against the Bulls in front of 165 at the Ring Tennis Complex.
"This year, we have an abundance of talent," sophomore Alexis Gordon said. "Everybody's playing well and their games are coming through. It allows us to switch out players."
Florida (1-0) needed less than an hour into the singles matches to clinch the win against South Florida (0-1). Gordon and Julie Rotondi both won their matches in 53 minutes, by identical 6-0, 6-1 scores, and Lindsay Dawaf clinched the UF win with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles.
"We did what we should have done," UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. "I thought we were clearly more talented. Sometimes it's easy to lose your focus when you run up a 6-0, 2-0 lead, it's easy to go on a walkabout mentally. But our kids did a good job (of keeping focus)."
The smallest margin of victory in singles was freshman Boglarka Berecz's 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6 against Belen Pandre.
The win gives Thornqvist his 100th career victory.
"It's just a number," Thornqvist said. "I'm starting on the second hundred now. Obviously it's better to win than lose. I hope to get to 500 here."
Gordon was the first player to complete her match with a win against Luisa Obando at No. 3. The UF sophomore took just 18 minutes to win the first set.
"I just felt like I was on," said Gordon, currently ranked a career-best ninth. "One of her strokes wasn't working as good as the other one, and I was able to get into a pattern to hit that particular shot. She just set up the shot for me and I was able to put it away."
The Gators next play South Alabama today at noon.
Doris Yon can be reached at (352) 374-5052 or yond@gvillesun.com.

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