No. 2 Gators give Tar Heels first loss

Published: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

The No. 2 Florida women's tennis team didn't have to be at its best to take down No. 8 North Carolina (5-1).

The Gators (3-0) defeated the Tar Heels 4-3 on Sunday afternoon despite showing some early-season rust.

"We got a little lucky today, no question," Florida coach Roland Thornqvist said. "We're not playing as well as we can, clearly. But at this time of year, it's hard to do."

The Gators took the match with three singles wins by Csilla Borsanyi, Megan Alexander and Nina Suvak, and a hotly contested doubles point.

In doubles, UNC's Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long made quick work of Florida's No. 1 pair Suvak and Whitney Benik, defeating them 8-1.

About an hour later, Florida's Megan Alexander and Diana Srebrovic defeated Caitlin Collins and Sanaz Marand 9-7.

Borsanyi and Lolita Frangulyan were taken into a tiebreaker by Meg Fanjoy and Austin Smith before winning 9-8 (3).

In singles, Borsanyi handily defeated Collins 6-0, 6-1. Alexander followed, defeating Katrina Tsang 6-2, 6-4.

Suvak clinched the win with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Marand.

Long, ranked seventh in the nation, defeated 11th-ranked Srebrovic 7-5, 7-6 (6).

Srebrovic fell behind 5-1 in the first set before storming back to force an extra game. In the second set, Srebrovic was the one who jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, but Long took four straight games and then the match.

"At the beginning of the first set, she played great. She couldn't miss a ball, and on the other hand, I couldn't make a ball," Srebrovic said. "So basically, it's a recipe for disaster."

Also in singles, Benik lost to Smith 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 and Florida's Anastasia Revzina lost to Anundsen 7-5, 7-6 (3).

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