Roundup: Women's tennis opens with shutout of UCF

Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 12:17 a.m.

The second-ranked Florida women's tennis team opened its dual match season with a 7-0 shutout against UCF on Wednesday evening at Linder Stadium.

“I thought we did well for the first time out,” said UF head coach Roland Thornqvist, who sports a 293-79 record in 15 years of collegiate coaching, including a 218-29 mark in 10 seasons with the Gators. “Everyone was real eager to play and maybe a little nervous on some of the courts, but we competed well.”

On Saturday, the Gators play host to the opening rounds of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend representing the start of the 64-team ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Florida faces College of Charleston at 10 a.m. in a first-round match, while Winthrop and the College of William and Mary battle at 1 p.m. in the other match held in Gainesville.

The consolation match will be played on Sunday at 10 a.m. and the winners meet at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the round of 16 held in Madison, Wis., February 18-21.

Florida earned its first point of the dual season in 37 minutes thanks to efficient wins by the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles teams.

Freshman Sofie Oyen and sophomore Allie Will, who ranked as the No. 1 doubles team in the country, needed only 35 minutes to earn an 8-1 victory against Jenny Frisell and Alexis Rodriguez. The tandem of freshman Alex Cercone and sophomore Caroline Hitimana then provided the clinching doubles-point win with their 8-1 decision against Taylor Dubins and Andrea Yacaman.

Sophomore Lauren Embree and junior Joanna Mather polished off the doubles sweep with their 8-6 victory against UCF's 44th-ranked duo of Courtney Griffith and Genevieve Lorgergs.

UF's singles lineup featured three freshmen and three sophomores and while some nerves might have been swirling, none showed as the Gators dropped a combined seven games in the first set on all six courts, en route to UF winning its 27th consecutive season opener.

SOFTBALL: A league-leading four Florida softball players were selected to the 2011 Preseason All-SEC Team, announced by the conference office. Seniors Kelsey Bruder, Megan Bush and Aja Paculba led the way for Florida, while sophomore Brittany Schutte was selected at the designated player spot.

MEN'S TENNIS: Florida freshman Andrew Butz has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week.

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