UF wins SEC tennis tournament

The Florida women's tennis team pose with the 2011 SEC Tournament championship trophy on Sunday, April 24. It is their 17th title in the 24-year history of the event. (UF Communications)

Published: Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 3:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 3:38 p.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The top-seeded Florida women's tennis team owned the SEC regular-season schedule, so it stands to reason the Gators would do the same in the league tournament over the weekend.

The Gators (25-1) left no doubt after a 4-0 win Sunday over second-seeded Tennessee to capture their 17th SEC Tournament title in the 24-year history of the event.

“We especially like winning the tournament title because it's a three-day event,” UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. “We take pride in our fitness and our durability and grit. Winning a three-day event in the heat against a field as tough as the SEC means a lot. It tells you where you are heading into the NCAA Championships.

“To win an event like this you have to be fit, tough and gritty and we really showed that this weekend.”

With Florida's men's team winning its respective SEC Tournament championship Sunday, it marked the third time that both of the school's tennis programs captured the league tournament title in the same season, also claiming both events in 2000 and 2005.

Florida got wins from its doubles teams of Allie Will-Alexandra Cercone at No. 1 and Joanna Mather-Olivia Janowicz at No. 3.

Singles wins came from Will at No. 2, Cercone at No. 5 and Janowicz at No. 6.

Next up for both teams is the announcement of the NCAA Championship selections May 3.

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