Roundup: Women's tennis prepares for SEC tourney

The UF men's golf team looks to capture its 16th SEC Championship

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 12:17 a.m.
Second-ranked and third-seeded Florida begins action at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Women's Tennis Tournament Friday at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the Mississippi State University campus. The Gators (19-2, 12-1 SEC) play No. 6 seed Vanderbilt (15-10), which defeated No. 14 seed LSU, 4-0, in the second round on Thursday evening. The match between Florida and Vanderbilt won't begin before 5 p.m. on Friday because it is the fourth match scheduled for the quarterfinals round. Florida capped its regular season with a hard-fought 4-1 win against the No. 18-ranked Commodores on April 14 in Nashville and downed the Tigers, 4-0, on March 29.

Florida is 44-2 all-time against Vanderbilt, including an 11-0 record in SEC Tournament matches. Florida is 39-1 all-time record against LSU, including a 5-0 mark in SEC Tournament play. “This is a great tournament again this year with four teams ranked in the top eight in the country and another two in the top 25. It's going to be exciting tennis,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. Men's golf: UF looks to capture its 16th SEC Championship in program history when it travels to St. Simons Island, Ga. for this year's conference championship. The SEC Championship runs Friday through Sunday at the Sea Island Golf Club. UF heads into the conference championship as the second seed. Defending champion and 2012 national runner-up Alabama is the top seed. “It's been a long spring,” head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We've got our boy T.J. (Vogel) back from the Masters. We didn't play with T.J. two weeks ago at the Gary Koch Invitational. I honestly think we are going to play well down the stretch and here at the end of the year.” The Gators' lineup at the par-70, 6,883 yard course will comprise of seniors Tyler McCumber and T.J. Vogel, sophomores J.D. Tomlinson (Oak Hall) and Eric Banks, and freshman A.J. Crouch. Women's golf: The postseason has arrived for sixth-ranked UF. With a two-week period between their last competition and now behind them, the Gators will begin competition at the SEC Championship Friday in Birmingham, Ala. in hopes of claiming their ninth conference title in school history. The last time Florida won the SEC championship was in 2008. “We have high expectations,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “Our conference in women's golf is deep, just like every other sport.”

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