No. 1 Gators storm past Knights

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 12:19 a.m.

The heavy rain that threatened the Gainesville area Monday evening finally began to arrive, but not before the top-ranked Florida women's tennis team posted a 5-0 victory over UCF (0-1) at Ring Tennis Complex.

The final two singles matches were abandoned once the rain began to fall since the Gators (2-0) already had clinched their 19th consecutive victory, a run dating back to last season. While the rain wasn't present for the majority of Monday's match, swirling and gusting winds bothered the competitors all match long.

"When it's gusty like it was today, it definitely effects how you play because it kind of shrinks the court since it's tough to hit the corners," UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. "UCF is a really scrappy team and they hit a lot of balls back so we were aware that we were going to have some close sets. Today really showed us some areas we need to work on to close out points better."

UF freshman Nina Suvak won the first 22 games of her collegiate dual match singles career before finally allowing an opponent to break through. Kristina Lohmos finally won a game off the Gator rookie, who refocused to earn the 6-0, 6-1 victory in 49 minutes.

Senior Lindsay Dawaf looked solid in her second singles match of the season posting an impressive 6-1, 6-1 win over Megan Rosario-Hunter at the No. 5 position.

Sophomore Boglarka Berecz provided the clinching dual match victory with her 6-0, 6-1 win over Pamela Fernandez at the No. 4 position.

"I had a really good rhythm on the ball and could finish early," Berecz said. "I stuck to all the tactics I focused on in the match and it turned out well."

UF's Alexis Gordon roared out to a 4-0 lead, winning games three and four at love against Julie Pecastaing, and recording a 6-0, 6-3 win.

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