UF roundup: Gators look to halt losing streak
Published: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:46 p.m.
The Florida women's basketball team begins a two-game homestand today, when it plays host to Auburn at 3 p.m.
After winning nine consecutive games, Florida (13-6, 3-3 SEC) has lost three straight, falling at No. 12 LSU, Georgia and at No. 11 Tennessee on Thursday.
Three of Auburn's four SEC defeats by nine points or fewer, with the fourth loss an 11-point decision at LSU.
Auburn (11-8, 2-4 SEC) has four players averaging double figures in scoring, paced by senior Tyrese Tanner's 16.5 points per game. She also leads the Tigers on the boards with 6.6 rebounds per game.
Junior guard Kayla Lewis has been the top Gators player on the boards, pulling down 8.3 per game, followed by freshman Ronni Williams' 6.4 per game mark. In the last three games, Lewis is averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds, while hitting 56.5 percent of her shots from the floor.
Swimming and Diving
The No. 2 Florida men and eighth-ranked UF women swept the No. 10 Auburn men and No. 12 Auburn women at the O'Connell Center on Saturday. The UF men (5-2, 3-1 SEC) won the meet 180-117, while the women (7-0, 4-0 SEC) topped the Tigers 173.5-124.5.
UF women won 12 of 16 events, including a split of the relays and a sweep of the diving events. The Florida men won 11 events and swept both relays. Senior Elizabeth Beisel paced the women with a trio of wins in the 200 backstroke (1:55.21), 200 butterfly (1:57.82) and 200 individual medley (1:59.20). All three of Beisel's swims broke the NCAA 'B' standard. Senior Marcin Cieslak led the men and had his hand in four wins, touching first in the 100 fly (47.68) and 200 freestyle (1:36.92) and swimming on the first place 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.
In diving, sophomore Kahlia Warner posted a pair of wins on 1-meter (304.42) and 3-meter (320.10).
Florida opened the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with a 4-0 win over UNC Wilmington at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.
The Gators will play TCU today at 2 p.m. in the championship final.
Florida opened doubles play with a pair of wins on Courts 1 and 3. Seniors Mike Alford and Stephane Piro paired up to win, then sophomore Diego Hidalgo and senior Spencer Newman clinched the doubles point minutes later with a victory on court three. Freshman Maxx Lipman and sophomore Gordon Watson fell behind early, but were tied at 5-5 when play was halted.
In singles play, Piro picked up the win at No. 2 singles in straight sets and Lipman finished off a win a minute later to give UF a 3-0 lead. Watson and senior Florent Diep were both a game away from clinching the match, but Watson pulled out the win first for the Gator victory.
Kourtney Keegan, Sofie Oyen and Stefani Stojic each won their doubles and singles matches to help No. 2 Florida win its season-opener in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with a 4-0 victory against Louisville at Linder Stadium.
The Gators will face Harvard in the championship final today at 10 a.m.
Louisville won the first doubles match, but the tandems of Keegan and Oyen along with Alexandra Cercone and Stojic took the final two doubles matches to win the doubles point for the Gators.
In singles competition, Florida won three of its matches in straight sets to seal its first dual match victory of the season. Keegan finished her match first, defeating Louisville's Elle Stokes, 6-0, 6-3, and pushing Florida to a 2-0 advantage.
Oyen took the third point of the match after beating Rebecca Bodine, 6-1, 6-2, on court four. Stojic defeated Olivia Boesing, 6-4, 6-1, and narrowly beating Cercone for bragging rights as the clinch point for the Gators' victory. Cercone, who played the No. 1 spot for the first time in her career as a Gator, was in the middle of a tiebreak that would have decided the outcome of her match when Stojic won her single match and sealed the win for Florida.
Track and Field
Seven event victories and two meet records closed competition for the UF men's and women's teams in the Rod McCravy Memorial at at Lexington, Ky.
Junior Ciarra Brewer jumped her way to a meet record and season-best mark (13.33/43-9) in the triple jump, while the men's 4x4 relay claimed a new meet record in the final event of the invitational (3:07.20) at Nutter Field House.
Notable performances across the board led to a successful outing for the No. 2 UF men's team and No. 3 Florida women's squad throughout the span of the weekend, including several season-best marks and record-book worthy performances in sprint action, highlighted by sophomore Arman Hall's 400m (45.84) performance, while the Gators' middle-distance and distance crew represented in both the M800m and W3000m events with victories in each from seniors Sean Obinwa and Cory McGee, respectively.