Roundup: UF women's tennis sweeps Texas A&M
Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:22 p.m.
Fifth-ranked Florida earned a 4-0 win over No. 9 Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams held at the Ring Tennis Complex on Friday evening.
The match, which was broadcast on ESPN3 as part of the USTA's College MatchDay series, began with singles action as part of an experimental format and the Aggies seemed to be in control early.
The Gators did regroup, and once the momentum shifted, took control of the dual match en route to winning their 126th consecutive home match, while improving to 186-1 all-time at home against SEC opponents.
“Today, the difference was that we were together and able to handle the first 15 minutes and change the momentum on every court,” Florida coach Roland Thornqvist said. “We got better and stronger the longer it went. That's our trademark here. We pride ourselves on having a feisty, never-say-die team. I'm really proud of them.”
Senior Alexandra Cercone was the first to finish, posting a 6-3, 6-1 win against Saska Gavrilovska on court three.
Fellow senior Sofie Oyen followed with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Anna Mamalat on court four and gave Florida a 2-0 lead in the dual match.
Freshman Kourtney Keegan regrouped from a tough first set with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 win against Rutuja Bhosale and sophomore Brianna Morgan polished off the Gator team victory with a 7-5, 6-3 spot against Ines Deheza.
Up next, Florida plays host to Missouri on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Linder Stadium.
With seven tiebreakers in their SEC-opening match, No. 22 Florida dropped its first league contest of the season to No. 13 Texas A&M, 4-2, on Friday night at George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
Every doubles match went down to the wire, but eventually swayed Texas A&M’s way. Gators’ No. 26 senior pair Mike Alford and Stephane Piro held their own against top-ranked Aggies’ duo Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow, but dropped the match in a tiebreaker. Texas A&M then clinched the doubles point at No. 2 as ninth-ranked pair Elliot Orkin and Gordon Watson battled back-and-forth in the tiebreaker, but eventually fell 8-7 (9).
Senior Florent Diep worked quickly on court four singles to knot up the score, 1-1. Followed by an Aggies win at No. 2 singles, freshman Maxx Lipman then evened the match at two with a 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1 victory over TAMU’s Withrow on court five.
The Aggies’ 38th-ranked Jeremy Efferding rallied from a first-set deficit to clinch the victory for Texas A&M at singles No. 3.
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