Roundup: Women's tennis advances to SEC semis


Published: Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11:56 p.m.

OXFORD, Miss. — The top-seeded Florida women's tennis team advances to the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals after its 4-0 victory against eighth-seeded and No. 20 Tennessee on Friday evening at Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.

Third-ranked Florida will play fourth-seeded and tournament host Ole Miss today at 3 p.m. The 16th-ranked Rebels defeated Vanderbilt, 4-0 in their quarterfinal match, as the top four seeds each advanced with sweeps, with No. 2 Alabama blanking Arkansas and No. 3 Georgia downing South Carolina.

“I'm sure it's going to be a fun match,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said of playing Ole Miss today. “We'll have our hands full. They know how to play doubles also.

“They're really talented at the top of their lineup and gritty at the bottom of it, so absolutely we've got our hands full. But we're eager. It's going to be a great challenge for us, and we're excited about it.”

The Gators, who improved to 25-0 all-time in SEC Tournament quarterfinal matches, won the doubles point to take the early lead. Singles matches were early in the first set on all six courts when rain forced the rest of the dual match indoors.

After a 30-minute delay to relocate to the three courts at the Gillom Sports Center, action resumed for positions four, five and six.

MEN'S TENNIS: At Starkville, Miss., 10th-ranked Florida was upset by No. 13 Ole Miss, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament late Friday night at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Center. With the loss, the Gators will now wait for the NCAA Tournament selection announcement to find out their destination for the remainder of the postseason.

Florida (14-9, 7-4 SEC) fell behind early after dropping the doubles point. Ole Miss (13-7, 7-4 SEC) used the momentum to build a 3-0 lead in the match before UF earned its lone point, when Tripper Carleton pulled out a victory over Jonas Lutjen, 7-6 (1), 6-3, at No. 3 singles. The Rebels then clinched the victory as William Kallberg beat Spencer Newman, 7-5, 7-5, on court four.

MEN'S GOLF: Florida used an opening round 283 (+3) to sit in fourth place heading into day two of the SEC Championships at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simon's Island, Ga. The Gators were led by junior T.J. Vogel, who carded an opening round 67 (-3), putting him in a tie for second.

"We didn't really get a whole lot going," UF coach Buddy Alexander said. "It was just kind of a ho-hum day. We didn't get a lot of momentum, but did OK seeing that we didn't make many birdies."

Vogel got off to a hot start on the day with back-to-back birdies on the par-4 second and par-3 third. After another birdie at the par-3 sixth, Vogel had a hiccup before making the turn with bogeys on eight and nine to go out in one-under 34. Vogel was quick to bounce back making birdie on the par-4 10th. The junior added another birdie on the par-4 16th to go along with seven pars to come in with a 33 (-2) and post his three-under, 67. Going into the second round, Vogel is one off four golfers that sit two strokes behind leader Bobby Wyatt (65, -5) of Alabama.

Alabama leads at 272 (-8), with Georgia (273, -7) and Auburn (277, -3) following.

WOMEN'S GOLF: No. 15 Florida sits in third place with a 307 (+9) following a cold and windy first round at the 2012 SEC Women's Championship in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Gators have three golfers, junior Isabelle Lendl, senior Evan Jensen and freshman Camilla Hedberg in the top 16.

“I couldn't be more proud of my team's effort today but we could also learn a lot from the mistakes we made today and over the next few days keep working extremely hard and limit our mistakes,” UF coach Jan Dowling said. “This golf course is extremely difficult and it was made even tougher by the conditions.”

Second-ranked Alabama, with a first round 297 (+9), leads Auburn by nine strokes. Patricia Sanz of Auburn and Marta Silva Zamora of Georgia share the individual lead after round one. Both shot a three-under 69.

SOFTBALL: Third-ranked Florida started its last non-conference series of the season with a doubleheader sweep over FIU, downing the Panthers 7-4 and 9-0 (5) at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Freshman Briana Little ripped her first career homer, a three-run blast in game one, to help lead UF, while freshman Sami Fagan led the Gators with a team-high four hits and four RBIs.

Florida improved its record to 40-5 overall, aided by 13 total hits — including three homers and a triple — while FIU moved to 24-22.

The teams meet for the series finale at 1 p.m. today.

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