Gator Womens and Mens Tennis Teams Advance in NCAA's
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida men’s tennis team came ready to play today.
UF took down St. John’s (NY), 4-0, in the NCAA First Round this afternoon and is set to play in-state foe South Florida tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the NCAA Second Round at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Florida. The winner of tomorrow’s match will advance to the NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, Georgia.
Florida worked fast in doubles, dominated on all three courts and closed in on the first point on the match with an 8-2 win at No. 3.
The Gators took the first set on five of six courts, with sophomore Diego Hidalgo and senior Mike Alford shutting out their opponents, 6-0, at Nos. 4 and 6. Hidalgo continued his dominant singles play to defeat SJU’s Vaidik Munshaw in two perfect sets to lift the Gators 2-0 over the Red Storm.
Alford collected his 86th career singles win, giving him sole possession of eighth all-time in UF history, with the win on court six. Leading 3-0, UF freshman Elliott Orkin then conquered SJU’s Robert Livi to seal the victory for the Orange and Blue.
Florida Women downed Oklahoma State, 4-1, on Saturday in second round action of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships held at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators advance to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.,
The Gators' trio of seniors all contributed singles wins in their final matches in Gainesville, including Alexandra Cercone's clinching 7-5, 6-1 court four win over the Cowgirls' Karyn Guttormsen.
After the Gators dropped the doubled point, Olivia Janowicz was first off the singles courts, fighting off a late second-set rally from Megan McCray with a dominant 7-1 tiebreaker to get Florida on the board. From that point, the dominoes fell in a hurry, as UF won four singles matches within a 10-minute span to claim the match.
Sofie Oyen and Kourtney Keegan earned straight-sets wins at courts three and six, respectively, to set up Cercone's clincher.
Florida's senior class of Janowicz, Oyen and Cercone finish their careers with an unblemished 51-0 record on their home courts.
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