Roundup: No. 7 UF women's tennis defeats Ole MIss
Published: Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 11:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 11:51 p.m.
The seventh-ranked Florida women's tennis team completed their weekend trip to the Magnolia State with a 4-2 win against No. 24 Ole Miss (11-7, 5-6 SEC).
With the threat of rain in the forecast the match began one hour earlier than originally scheduled and play started with singles action with the hope that one school would clinch the dual match prior to needing the doubles point to decide the outcome.
Florida (17-4, 9-2) obliged as seniors Olivia Janowicz and Sofie Oyen provided the first two singles wins of the match, before the Rebels took two of the next three matches, with freshman Kourtney Keegan taking the win on court six for a 3-2 Gator lead.
Sophomore Brianna Morgan provided the clinching heroics with a 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 victory against Caroline Rohde-Moe moments before rain flooded the courts.
UF next hosts Vanderbilt (17-4, 10-2) at 5 p.m. Friday.
Men's tennis: 15th-ranked Florida defeated visiting Ole Miss, 4-1.
After honoring the team's two seniors, Mike Alford and Florent Diep, both played a role in earning the conference win. Paired with sophomore Gordon Watson at No. 1 doubles, Diep earned his 40th-career doubles win with an 8-6 victory on court two that clinched the doubles point for Florida (12-7, 7-3 SEC).
Ole Miss (8-12, 3-8) got on the board with a two-set victory at No. 1 singles followed by Alford, who fought back from an early deficit, taking the match in two sets at No. 6 singles.
Freshman Elliott Orkin bounced back from a first-set loss and decided the match for the Gators on court five.
The Gators conclude the 2013-14 regular season with two road games next weekend: At Vanderbilt on Friday and at Kentucky on Sunday.