UF MEN'S & WOMEN'S TENNIS

Florida tennis teams will host NCAA first and second rounds


Sofie Oyen and the Florida women's tennis team will host NCAA first- and second-round matches on May 9 and 10.

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Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Florida’s men’s and women’s tennis teams were both chosen as one of 16 hosts of their respective NCAA Championship first and second rounds, the NCAA committee announced Tuesday. The event will run from May 9 to 11 at UF’s Ring Tennis Complex.

On the women’s side, Oklahoma State (15-8) will face South Florida (18-3) at noon on Friday, May 9 and the host Gators (19-5) will play South Carolina State (13-5) at 3 p.m. The winners will face off in second-round play May 10 at 3 p.m.

The men’s first round begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 with Florida State (18-11) meeting South Florida (18-6). Florida (15-9) will open NCAA action at noon against St. John’s (N.Y.) (16-7). The winners will play May 11 at 2 p.m. in the second round.

Men’s and women’s second-round winners from each of the 16 regionals will advance to Athens, Ga. for the remainder of the tournament.

UF has been selected to host the women’s first- and second-round matches every year since 1999 and 12 of the last 15 years on the men’s side. The UF women have won six NCAA titles and reached the semifinals 22 times in the last 26 years, including last season when they fell to eventual champion Stanford.

“We’re delighted to play at home and have another opportunity for our outstanding seniors to play in front of their home fans,” said UF women’s coach Roland Thornqvist. “It’s a very challenging group with two conference champions and a runner-up team all coming to Gainesville.”

The men have advanced to the semifinals twice, with the last appearance coming in 2005.

“We know too well, after last year losing to Denver in the first round, we know we can’t overlook anyone,” said UF men’s coach Bryan Shelton. “We’re just going to have to continue to prepare and get ready, but we’re excited for this opportunity.”

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