Florida captures 2 wins in tennis
Published: Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 28, 2003 at 11:06 p.m.
The top-ranked Florida women's tennis team began SEC play in fine fashion Friday as the Gators defeated Ole Miss, 6-0, at the Ring Tennis Complex.
Due to possible weather delays with rain showers expected throughout the area in the evening, the match was started 15 minutes earlier and began with singles play instead of doubles. At the completion of singles, and with the Gators owning a 6-0 advantage with straight set wins at every positions the two programs opted not to
continue with doubles matches. Ole Miss fell to 3-6, 0-1.
The Gators (9-1, 1-0) had no trouble on nearly every court with positions two through six finishing their matches in just over an hour. However, UF did have trouble on court one where Florida's 17th-ranked Lindsay Dawaf battled 24th-ranked Mira Radu before coming away with a 7-5, 6-1 victory in a match that lasted nearly an hour and 50 minutes. Jennifer Magley clinched the dual for the Gators on six with her 6-1, 6-0 victory over Audra Adams. Julia Scaringe put Florida in the position to win the match with her 6-0, 6-2 win on court two. Scaringe kept her individual dual match record spotless as she leads the team with a 10-0 mark.
"I believe this was our most hard fought and difficult victory maybe our biggest," UF coach Andy Jackson said. "Usually when we win close ones more things go our way than not. This time it wasn't like that though and I lot of things didn't go our way. We were able to overcome that."
The two teams battled for the doubles point with Florida's Troy Hahn-Matt Behrmann defeating Mississippi's Patrick Chucri-Karim Alayli at the third position, 8-4. Ole Miss evened it up when Catalin Gard-Paul Ciorascu defeated Olivier Levant and Eleazar Magallan, 9-7. With the point in reach for either school, UF's Hamid Mirzadeh-Chris McDonald overtook eighth-ranked Alex Hartman-Claes Lindholm, 9-8 (5).
Freshman Janne Holmia would push the lead to 2-0 with his win at No. 2 over Catalin Gard (6-2, 6-2). Ole Miss bounced back, though, to even things at two each. The struggle that started on the doubles court for Mirzadeh and Hartman carried over to the number one singles court where Mirzadeh put UF within one point of a victory
with his 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 showing.
Behrmann clinched the match on court five for the Gators as he defeated Patrick Chucri, 7-5, 6-3.
UF will play at Mississippi State at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Florida took advantage of errors and used two sacrifice flies to defeat North Carolina in eight innings. Florida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the opening frame. Leadoff batter Lindsey Cameron reached first and advanced to second on a throwing error by North Carolina pitcher Crystal Cox. Cameron advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Jennifer Mossadeghi sacrifice fly.
Kristen Butler reached base on an error by the third baseman to lead off the eighth inning. Mylin Prieto followed with a walk. Both players advanced on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Jenilee Garner. Butler scored on a sacrifice fly by Lindsey Cameron for the 2-1 win.
Starting pitcher Amanda Moore (8-1) earned the win for Florida.
The Gators take on No. 5 Texas this morning.
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