Tennis, anyone?


Published: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 11:25 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 11:25 a.m.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The second-ranked University of Florida women's tennis team shutout No. 75 Arkansas with a 7-0 victory on Sunday afternoon in Gainesville. With the win, the Gators remained perfect on the season with a 6-0 record and improved to 2-0 in SEC play in winning UF's 23rd straight dual match.

Arkansas, which is under first year coach Michael Hegarty, who was an assistant coach with the UF men's team prior to moving to Fayetteville, dropped to 7-3 overall and 0-3 in the league.

"I'm really happy with our doubles play right now," said UF head coach Roland Thornqvist. "If we continue to improve there the sky is the limit. We are way ahead of where we were a season ago. The key is not to get stagnant mentally."

Florida's went to work quickly in the doubles matches and had the point in 44 minutes. UF's 11th-ranked Alexis Gordon and Julie Rotondi had the Gators within a match of clinching the point when they defeated Arkansas' Megan Ferreira and Anna Dybicz, 8-1. Gordon and ,Rotondi led 4-0 before the Arkansas duo got on the board. On court three,

UF's Boglarka Berecz and Nina Suvak needed one more minute than did Gordon and Rotondi as the pair put away Iliana Pacherco and Christina Kincannon, 8-2.

UF swept the doubles matches when 22nd-ranked Jennifer Magley and Zerene Reyes took an 8-1 decision over Whitney Morton and Melissa Cornett after roaring out to a 7-0 lead. In singles play, Arkansas' Megan Ferriera was forced to retire on court two after an injury. UF's 22nd-ranked Jennifer Magley had won the first set, 6-1. Nina Suvak gave the Gators a 3-0 lead when she defeated Arkansas' Christian Kincannon without giving up a game (6-0, 6-0) in 38 minutes. Boglarka Berecz (No. 71) came away with the match clincher for the Gators when she also took a straight set (6-0, 6-1) win over Arkansas' Melissa Cornett on court four.

UF would come away with wins on the remaining three courts as well for the shutout. On court three, UF's 48th-ranked Julie Rotondi used scores of 6-3 to defeat Iliana Pacheco. On court five, UF's Lindsay Dawaf defeated Arkansas' Whitney Morton in straight sets (6-2, 6-2). At the top of the lineup, eighth-ranked Alexis Gordon took control of things in the second set against No. 31 Anna Dybica for a 6-3, 6-3 victory to round out the list of UF winners.

Florida remains at home as the Gators continue SEC play when UF hosts Vanderbilt on Friday, March 5 at 5 p.m.

Women's College Tennis

Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex

Gainesville, Fla.

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Final Score: Florida 7, Arkansas 0

Doubles

No. 1 Alexis Gordon/Julie Rotondi (11), UF def. Megan

Ferreira/Anna

Dybicz, ARK, 8-1

No. 2 Jennifer Magley/Zerene Reyes (22), UF def. Whitney

Morton/Melissa

Cornett, ARK, 8-1

No. 3 Borlarka Berecz/Nina Suvak, UF def. Iliana

Pacheco/Christian

Kincannon, ARK, 8-2*

Singles

No. 1 Alexis Gordon (5), UF def. Anna Dybica (31), ARK, 6-3,

6-3

No. 2 Jennifer Magley (22), UF def. Megan Ferriera, ARK, 6-1,

ret.

No. 3 Julie Rontondi (48), UF def Iliana Pacheco, ARK, 6-3,

6-3

No. 4 Boglarka Berecz (71), UF def. Melissa Cornett, ARK, 6-0,

6-1

No. 5 Lindsay Dawaf, UF def. Whitney Morton, ARK, 6-2, 6-2,

No. 6 Nina Suvak, UF def. Christian Kincannon, ARK, 6-0, 6-0

*clinched doubles point; **clinched dual match

Order of Finish: Doubles 1, 3*, 2; Singles 2, 6, 4**, 3, 5, 1

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