Roundup: No. 2 Women's tennis wins


UF's Olivia Janowicz defeated Plamena Kurteva of Auburn 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday.

Brett Le Blanc/Correspondent/FILE
Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:52 p.m.

With the rain and wind that moved into the Gainesville area early Sunday morning, the second-ranked Gator women's tennis team had to make some adjustments in their match against 18th-ranked Auburn and play all matches inside the Perry Indoor Tennis Facility.

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UF's Olivia Janowicz defeated Plamena Kurteva of Auburn 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday.

Brett Le Blanc/Correspondent/FILE

Facts

Women's basketball plays Winthrop in WNIT

WHO: Florida (19-14, 6-10 SEC) at Winthrop (21-11, 14-4 Big South), WNIT Second Round
WHEN: Monday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Rock Hill, S.C.
RADIO: 99.5 FM
NOTES: Today's game will be the first-ever meeting between Florida and Winthrop on the hardwood. ... 18 of Florida's games this season have been decided by 10 points or less. ... Entering the season for UF, only senior Jennifer George and juniors Jaterra Bonds and Lily Svete had played in a postseason game.

Even with the change in scenery and only singles matches being played, Florida was still able to claim a 4-0 victory and move to 6-1 in conference play.

Only three singles matches were able to be played at a time, but junior Olivia Janowicz got the Gators (13-3, 6-1 SEC) on the board early with her fourth straight win, followed by another great outing from senior Lauren Embree, who remained perfect in the spring season.

Juniors Alexandra Cercone and Brianna Morgan both claimed another win in conference play to finish the match as Florida extended its impressive all-time home record against SEC opponents to 183-1. Overall, it's the 117th-straight win for UF on its home courts.

“This was our first taste of playing an entire match indoors,” Florida head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “Playing singles first is a little different but I thought we handled it well. Auburn is really good. Some positions for Auburn have shortcomings technically, but their players step up with attitude."

MEN'S TENNIS: At Auburn, Ala., the Florida men's tennis team was shut out on the road on Sunday afternoon, losing 4-0 at Auburn. The Gators fall to 9-7 on the season and 3-3 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Tigers improved to 11-6 overall and 3-4 in the league.

“We give Auburn a lot of credit for playing well today,” said head coach Bryan Shelton. We can and must do better.”

Auburn got on the board early by winning the doubles point. Dennis Lengsfeld and Lucas Lopasso beat UF's Gordon Watson and Billy Federhofer, 8-3, on court two and then the Tigers clinched the point with an 8-6 win on court three, as Lukas Ollert and Joseph Van Dooren beat the Gators' Mike Alford and Florent Diep.

In singles play, Lengsfeld gave Auburn a 2-0 lead in the match after beating Alford, 6-2, 6-3, on court three. Ollert defeated Bob van Overbeek at No. 3 singles, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Andreas Mies, ranked 46th, beat Diep in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 singles to clinch the match. The remaining matches were not finished.

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