Roundup: Janowicz, UF tennis win Bedford Cup
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 11:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 11:39 p.m.
Florida senior Olivia Janowicz won the singles tennis championship and the Gator freshmen duo of Kourtney Keegan and Belinda Woolcock captured the doubles title at the 2013 Bedford Cup held at the Ring Tennis Complex.
Gator freshman Stefani Stojic fell short in her consolation singles semifinal match 6-2, 6-3, to FGCU's Sarah Means, who went on to win the draw.
In the main singles draw, Janowicz earned a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 decision against Woolcock in the final, after she defeated Keegan, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, in the semifinal on Sunday.
“I had a good weekend here. It was obviously really tough playing a teammate. She's a really good player. She's had some really good results so far and so I knew going into the match it was going to be tough, but I pulled it out in the end. We both played a really great match. It was fun,” Janowicz said.
On the doubles court, it was Keegan and Woolcock who got the better of teammates Janowicz and Stojic in the all-Gator final, 8-5.
“It was a fantastic weekend for us. The play was exceptionally good, starting with the doubles final. It was quality tennis,” UF coach Roland Thornqvist said.
“The singles play, both in the semifinals and the final, the play was outstanding, high-quality. I thought we showed toughness, resilience and also we played against our teammates which can be a little tricky. I thought our players handled that very well.”
The Gators travel to Athens, Ga., to compete in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships on Friday.
The singles and doubles winners of event earn an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the second leg of the collegiate grand slam.
WOMEN'S GOLF: At Chapel Hill, N.C., falling one spot on the leaderboard from day two, Florida placed eighth out of 18 teams at the 2013 Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational — one step up from the Gators' ninth-place finish last fall.
Seeing an eight-stroke difference from round one to round three, redshirt sophomore Katie Mitchell had a career day today: she took the top spot for Florida at the Tar Heel Invite, matching a career-low (69) and capturing her best individual finish donning the Orange and Blue at T11.
Both freshmen Karolina Vlckova and Maria Torres leave UNC Finley Golf Course at a final five-over (221) followed by juniors Sarah Schober and Camilla Hedberg who finished seven-over (223) and 17-over (233), respectively.
As an individual competitor this weekend, junior Anna Young improved on her finish at the 2012 Tar Heel Invite (245) by a notable 17 strokes and shot 12-over (228) for this tournament.
Florida finished over four top-25 ranked teams at the 2013 Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational — No. 14 NC State, No. 20 Michigan State, No. 16 Virginia and No. 15 UNC — and advanced 14 strokes from last year.