Roundup: UF women's tennis wins
Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 9:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 9:28 p.m.
The fourth-ranked Florida women's tennis team defeated 13th-ranked Stanford, 4-2, at the Ring Tennis Complex.
The match, part of the inaugural USTA College Match Day, brought to the courts Sunday a standing-room only crowd of 1,033, the second largest in program history and saw a come-from-behind win for the Gators (6-1) in handing Stanford (4-2) its second loss of the year.
The win also extends Florida's overall home winning streak to 112 straight matches and 117 regular-season home matches.
“We talked beforehand that we kind of knew it was going to be the classic Stanford-Florida battle,” Florida head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “It was going to be a lot of points, long games, long sets, grueling and we knew that if we could make it that, that was going to give us the best chance to win.
“I think we regrouped really well and found a nice rhythm in singles to make points long, and obviously we had some spectacular play at two because the kid at two (Kristie Ahn) for Stanford is world-class. That kid has played center court U.S. Open, and so for Sofie (Oyen) to get off the court quick, for Olivia (Janowicz) to get off quick, that really set the tone for us, but it's a team of warriors.”
Winning for UF were Sofie Oyen at No. 2 singles, Alexandra Cercone at No. 3, Brianna Morgan at No. 4 and Olivia Janowicz at No. 6.
The Gators open SEC play at Missouri on Friday.
Lacrosse: Four players scored multiple goals to help lead No. 3 Florida to a 17-7 win over UAlbany at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The Gators improved to 6-0 with help from leading scorer Shannon Gilroy, a sophomore midfielder who recorded five goals and a career-high and UF single-game high eight draw controls.
Gilroy, senior attack Ashley Bruns, senior attack Kitty Cullen and senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell all chipped in at least two goals apiece. Gilroy's eight draw controls bested her previous high of seven she recorded three times in her career. The eight draw controls also pushed her career total to 104, as she becomes the second Gator to record 100 in her career.
Florida is back in action Saturday as it travels to Miami to take part in the Orange Bowl Classic with a meeting against rival No. 6 Syracuse at Sun Life Stadium. The Orangemen and Gators met in the NCAA final four, where SU won 14-13 in overtime. Opening draw is set for 5 p.m. on Sun Sports.
Women's basketball: Trailing by 13 points with 10:17 remaining, Florida used a 21-4 run to erase the deficit and earn a 67-671 win against Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Sophomore Kayla Lewis scored 15 points with 11 rebounds to post the third double-double of her career, while junior Jaterra Bonds scored 11 of her game-high 15 points in the second half, as the Gators (16-12, 5-9) halted their three-game skid and collected their first win in Tuscaloosa since Feb. 5, 2009, when the Gators claimed the 92-71 victory in Coleman Coliseum. Alabama fell to 12-15, 2-12.
The Gators return to action at 7 p.m. Thursday, when they play host to Arkansas in their final regular-season home game. Jennifer George, UF's lone senior, will be honored in a postgame ceremony.
SEC Indoor Track and Field: Andrew Irwin cleared a career-best 18 feet, 4½ inches to win the pole vault, Arkansas teammate Tarik Batchelor won the triple jump at 54-2¾ and the host Razorbacks swept the team titles in the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The Razorbacks finished with 152½ points for their seventh SEC indoor men's title in the last eight years and 19th overall since joining the conference in 1992. Florida was second at 117.
The women's competition came down to the final event, with Arkansas extending a one-point lead in the 1,600-meter relay when Regina George, Sparkle McKnight, Gwendolyn Flowers and Chrisuna Williams pulled away from LSU and the rest of the field. The Razorbacks finished with 116½ points, five more than LSU.
The Texas A&M women also finished third, with 88 points. Florida was next with 77½ points and Georgia fifth with 53½.
Women's golf: Getting a sub-70 round from sophomore Camilla Hedberg along with a two-under (70) from senior Isabelle Lendl, third-ranked Florida is in fifth place (-2, 286) after the first round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational at the English Turn Golf Club in New Orleans. Florida is four shots behind overall leader and host school Tulane (-6, 282).
The three-under (69) for Hedberg is her first under 70 round since the second round of the Betsy Rawls Invitational in late October when she fired a 67, her second lowest 18-hole score of the year. Sunday's 69 is also Hedberg's team-leading 12th even or under par round and fifth lowest of the 2012-13 season.
Hedberg sits in a tie for fourth place, just one shot ahead of her teammate, Lendl, who is in a tie for seventh place after a two-under (70).
Men's golf: Led by senior T.J. Vogel, fourth-ranked Florida is in a tie for sixth place after the first day of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach. Vogel carded a 69 (-3) for the first 18 holes of play.
As a team, UF recorded a 292 (+4) on the first round at the par-72, 6,910 yard course. The team is tied for sixth with Tulsa and UAB. Florida trails North Florida, the host and first round-leader, by 16 strokes going into Monday's second round.
Vogel recorded an eagle and two birdies against one bogey over the first nine holes. Vogel finished the back nine at even-par. He is tied for sixth place.