UF roundup: Stojic helps Florida sweep Harvard
Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:14 p.m.
Florida freshman Stefani Stojic clinched singles play for the second day in a row as the No. 2 University of Florida women's tennis team swept Harvard 4-0 in the championship match of the 2014 ITA Kick-Off at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on Sunday.
Stojic was unable to finish her doubles match but pulled the Gators through in singles competition with a 6-3, 6-3, defeat over Harvard's Sylvia Li as Florida improved to 2-0 in dual matches on the year.
The Gators took the first two doubles matches, as senior Sofie Oyen and freshman Kourtney Keegan sealed it for Florida with a 6-4 defeat over Spencer Liang and Monica Lin.
In singles play, UF captured three-consecutive matches in straight sets. Oyen put away Hannah Morrill 6-0, 6-0 in just 34 minutes of action to edge the Crimson by a score of 2-0. Keegan then earned the third point of the day for the Gators after defeating Amanda Lin 6-0, 6-0, on court five.
Stojic followed with her victory on court six just before senior Olivia Janowicz and Liang were about to battle it out in a tie break. Janowicz dropped the first set, 2-6 but rallied from behind to take the second set, 6-4.
Men's tennis: The Florida men's tennis team beat TCU 4-2 on to earn a berth in the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston on Feb. 14-17. UF won the doubles point over the Horned Frogs and then UF freshman Maxx Lipman, playing in his second collegiate dual match, clinched the victory with a straight-set win at No. 6 singles.
The Gators are 3-0 on the season and hit the road next weekend with a West Coast trip to Los Angeles. The Gators will play No. 2 UCLA next Saturday at 1 p.m. and No. 4 Southern California on Sunday and 4 p.m.
The doubles competition was tight on Sunday, as the two teams split courts one and two. Lipman and sophomore Gordon Watson won at No. 2 doubles while TCU's Nick Chappell and Will Stein, ranked 11th in the country, beat UF's Mike Alford and Stephane Piro at No. 1 doubles.
On the deciding court, the Gators' Diego Hidalgo and Spencer Newman took an early lead and had a chance to serve for the match at 5-3, but the Horned Frogs fought back and forced a tiebreaker. Up 6-3 in the tiebreak, Hidalgo slammed an overhead to win the doubles point and give Florida a 1-0 lead.
In Sunday's consolation match, Florida St. defeated UNC Wilmington 4-0.