UF women's tennis rolls past Duke

Gators remain in first after two rounds at the NCAA South Regional

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.

URBANA, Ill. — Olivia Janowicz and Brianna Morgan posted straight-set singles wins Friday and helped top-seeded Florida blank No. 15 Duke, 4-0, and march into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center.

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Olivia Janowicz posted a straight-set singles win which helped top-seeded Florida blank No. 15 Duke, 4-0.

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The injury-plagued Blue Devils reached the round of 16 with just five players because of injury, but in the end were no match for the Gators after having to forfeit the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles positions. It meant Florida needed just one win on either of the doubles courts and two singles victories to capture the dual match.

The Gators did just that.

“If anyone can appreciated what Duke did this year, getting here with four players, it's (assistant coach) Dave (Balogh) and me,” said UF head coach Roland Thornqvist, who was in a near identical situation in 2009 and took the Gators to the round of 16 before bowing out of the NCAA Championships. “It's a remarkable feat on their part to get to the round of 16, and they gave us all we could handle on the courts. Where they could be competitive, there were really, really competitive. You have to really appreciate what they did.”

The No. 11-ranked team of Lauren Embree-Sofie Oyen earned an 8-1 win on court one against Mary Clayton-Hanna Mar in 32 minutes and Florida took the doubles point for the 17th time this season.

As Duke (16-10) forfeited the No. 6 singles spot, the Gators had a quick 2-0 lead before a point was played on any of the singles courts.

At the No. 5 singles position, Janowicz posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Nicole Lipp in 63 minutes and Florida took a 3-0 lead.

“I thought we played well,” Thornqvist said. “Our one doubles was excellent. I think maybe we lost a little bit of focus at the end of the dual match when it was time to get over the finish line. We lost focus on a couple of courts. Our freshman (Morgan) picked up the slack at the end and finished for us. Overall, I'm very pleased.”

Florida (25-2) will play No. 8 California (19-5) in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Bears defeated Alabama, 4-1 in their round of 16 match.

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