Rain Cancels UF Women's Tennis Opener against Baylor

Published: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 7:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 7:17 p.m.

The women's tennis match between the No. 2-ranked University of Florida women's tennis team and Baylor scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon was cancelled due to inclimate weather. The match will not be rescheduled.

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The women's tennis match between the University of Florida and Baylor on Saturday was cancelled due to inclimate weather and will not be rescheduled.

Photo By University Athletic Association


College Women's Tennis Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex

Final Score: Florida 1, Baylor 0

No. 1 Jennifer Magley/Zerene Reyes (13), UF def. Zuzana Cerna/Daniela Covello (9), BU 8-4*
No. 2 Whitney Benik/Lolita Frangulyan (3), UF def. Zuzana Zemenova/Klara Zrustova, BU 8-3
No. 3 Alex Liles/Nina Suvak, UF def. Carolin Korsawe/Iva Mihaylova, BU 8-3

Singles - did not play
No. 1 Jennifer Magley (11), UF vs. Zuzana Zemenova, BU
No. 2 Zerene Reyes (15), UF vs. Daniela Covello, BU
No. 3 Alex Liles (105), UF vs. Zuzana Cerna (92), BU
No. 4 Nina Suvak (101), UF vs. Klara Zrustova, BU
No. 5 Whitney Benik, UF vs. Iva Mihaylova, BU
No. 6 Lolita Frangulyan (74), UF vs. Zuzana Krchnakova, BU

*clinched doubles point

Order of Finish: Doubles 3, 1, 2; Singles did not play

The Gators, who were aiming to win their 20th consecutive season-opener, began the dual match capturing the doubles point, sweeping all three positions.

Shortly after singles action began, rain caused a short delay but the athletes were able to resume action with 12 minutes.

However a few minutes later a significant rain cloud burst causing play to be haulted at 3:45 p.m.

After waiting out the second weather delay that lasted more than four hours, officials deemed the courts still unplayable and the dual match finally was abandoned at 8 p.m.

Florida returns to the courts on Thursday, January 27, when the team plays host to UCF beginning at 5 p.m.

The Gators began the dual match capturing the doubles point, sweeping all three positions.

The No. 3 team of Alex Liles and Nina Suvak needed just 29 minutes to blank Baylor's pair of Carolin Korsawe and Iva Mihaylova 8-0. Florida earned its first team point of the season after the No. 1 duo of Jennifer Magley and Zerene Reyes, ranked No. 13 in the country, topped BU's ninth-ranked team of Zuzana Cerna and Daniela Covello 8-4.

The Gators completed the sweep after Whitney Benik and Lolita Franguylan captured the No. 2 spot with a 8-3 win against Zuzana Zemenova and Klara Zrustova.

Suvak served a strong opening game and she and Liles followed with a break en route to the decisive shutout.

Magley and Reyes began their No. 1 match on serve through the first two games, before the Gator tandem won 12 of the next 15 points as Reyes held at love and UF earned a break in the next game to take a 4-1 lead.

The Gators earned their second break in the eighth game of the match, but Baylor broke right back and held, as UF's lead was 6-4.

But Magley and Reyes struck right back, earning a quick break before winning the final two games to take the match in 44 minutes.

The victory was the 67th for the pair of Magley and Reyes, a total that ranks third in UF history.

UF's freshmen pair of Whitney Benik and Lolita Frangulyan got their collegiate dual match debut off to a slow start, falling behind 2-0.

However, the rookie duo settled down and won four straight games to carry a one-break lead into the ninth game, where they earned another break to take a 6-3 lead. Frangulyan then held serve before she and Benik broke the Lady Bears at love in the final game to win their inaugural dual match in 53 minutes.

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