Roundup: Women's tennis in SEC final
Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 12:22 a.m.
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Second-ranked Florida avenged its only SEC regular-season loss and marched into the SEC Championship final after a 4-1 win Saturday against fourth-ranked Texas A&M.
Despite losing the doubles point for the ninth time this season, Florida relied on the strength of its singles play to capture its 14th consecutive win. Olivia Janowicz, Sofie Oyen, Lauren Embree and freshman Brianna Morgan won their respective singles matches and helped the Gators advance to the championship final.
“We got off to a great start again in singles,” Florida coach Roland Thornqvist said. “Olivia again set the tone for us. Sofie played really, really well. Lauren was super strong against a top-10 player. We showed some character.
“It came down to the end in singles and Texas A&M was going to have to beat us in three three-set singles matches to win the match. They did a couple months ago so I knew they were capable of it but we were really strong pushing through the third set, especially Brianna.”
The Aggies (21-3) handed the Gators their only SEC setback and one of their two regular season losses, winning the doubles point before taking three singles matches for the 4-3 decision in College Station on March 3.
The third-seeded Gators (21-2) will play top-seeded and third-ranked Georgia (21-2) at 2 p.m. today for the league's postseason title.The Bulldogs defeated eighth-ranked Alabama, 4-2, in their semifinal match.
Women's golf: Even with two players improving from their first-round scores at the SEC Championship in Birmingham, fifth-ranked Florida could not make up any ground on day two and fell to a tie for 12th at 57-over (633). The Gators are 36 shots back of the leading team, Alabama, which sits at 21-over (597), but with the high scores all week, no team is out of contention.
Sophomore Camilla Hedberg continued to hold her firm place in the top 15, as she finished at four-over (76) and is eight-over (152) for the tournament in a tie for 13th place.
Men's golf: Sitting in last place after the first round of the SEC Championship, Florida did something about it Saturday by moving up three spots to 11th place after two rounds at the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Ga. The team recorded a 289 (+9) for the second round, a 12-stroke improvement from the previous day.
Senior Tyler McCumber continues to pace the Gators at the par-72, 6,898 yard course. McCumber recorded three birdies against one bogey to complete his round in 68 strokes (-2). The Ponte Vedra native closed well, registering birdies on two of his final three holes. He is even-par for the tournament and is in a tie for eighth place.
Men's tennis: Florida lost 4-2 to No. 7 Tennessee in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament in Oxford, Miss.
“I thought Tennessee played really well today,” UF coach Bryan Shelton said. “They came out in the doubles, and they just executed a lot better than we did. I thought that made a big difference in the match how they came out playing so well from the very start, and got us on our heels. But we did a good job of competing and staying after it. I thought our guys competed until the last ball was struck, but they just played a little bit better than us today. My hat is off to them.”
Florida (15-10) will now have a few weeks off while waiting for the NCAA Tournament to begin May 10-12 with the first and second rounds.
UF gots wins from the No. 3 doubles team of Michael Alford-Luke Johnson and from singles at No. 3 Bob van Overbeek and No. 6 Gordon Watson.
Softball: The Florida pitching duo of junior Hannah Rogers and sophomore Lauren Haeger combined for 21 strikeouts and junior Stephanie Tofft went 5-for-7 with a double, triple, two homers and five RBIs as the No. 3 Gators swept Longwood in a doubleheader, 5-1 and 9-5, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Rogers (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB) fanned a season-high 11 batters in game one to improve to 24-3, while Haeger (7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB) had a season-high 10Ks in the nightcap to boost her season record to 12-2.
Tofft batted .714, including 2-for-3 in game one, followed by a 3-for-4 display in game two with a double, triple, homer and four RBI to keep UF undefeated (13-0) against Longwood all-time.
The Gators (44-5) hit five home runs in the doubleheader against the Lancers (33-13), with two each from Tofft and sophomore Briana Little – one in each game – while Haeger connected in game two. Tofft, Haeger and freshman Kelsey Stewart all had doubles in the double dip.
The Gators and Lancers will meet in the series finale at 1 p.m. today.