• UF Women’s Tennis Team Schedule 2010-2011

    SPRING ~ 2011
    Jan    8-13 Fri – Wed 25 K  Tournamen Plantation, FL All Day
    Jan  13-16 Thu – Sun UNLV ~ Freeman Memorial Las Vegas, NV All Day
    Jan   16-20 Sat – Wed 25 K  Tournament Lutz, FL All Day
    Jan 19 Wednesday US Junior National Team GAINESVILLE, FL 4:00 PM
    Jan   26 Wednesday University of Central Florida GAINESVILLE, FL 5:00 PM
    Jan   29 Saturday ITA Kick-Off GAINESVILLE, FL 10:00/1:00
    Jan   30 Sunday ITA Kick-Off GAINESVILLE, FL 10.00/1:00
    Feb   5 Saturday Baylor University GAINESVILLE, FL 1:00 PM
    Feb   6 Sunday Fla International  University GAINESVILLE, FL 1:00 PM
    Feb   8 Tuesday University of South Florida GAINESVILLE, FL 5:00 PM
    Feb   12 Saturday @ University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 3:00 PM
    Feb   13 Sunday @ Duke University Durham, NC 1:00 PM
    Feb  18 – 21 Fri – Mon ITA National Team Indoor Championships TBA All Day
    Mar    1 Tuesday @  Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 4:30 PM
    Mar    4 Friday @  Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 5:00 PM
    Mar    6 Sunday @ University  of  Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 1:00 PM
    Mar   11 Friday University of Alabama GAINESVILLE, FL 5:00 PM
    Mar   13 Sunday Auburn GAINESVILLE, FL 1:00 PM
    Mar    25 Friday @ Mississippi (Ole Miss) Oxford, MS 5:00 PM
    Mar   27 Sunday Mississippi State GAINESVILLE, FL 1:00 PM
    April   1 Friday @ University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 5:00 PM
    April   3 Sunday @ Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 1:00 PM
    April   8 Friday University of Georgia GAINESVILLE, FL 5:00 PM
    April   10 Sunday University of Tennessee GAINESVILLE, FL 1:00 PM
    April   16 Saturday University of South Carolina GAINESVILLE, FL 3:00 PM
    April  21-24 Thu – Sun SEC  Tournament Knoxville, TN All Day
    May 14 – 15 Sat-Sun NCAA  Regional Tournament TBA All Day
    May 20 – 25 Thu – Tue NCAA  Team  Tournament Stanford, CA All Day
    May 26 – 31 Wed – Mon NCAA  Individual Tournament Stanford, CA All Day

    W-0   8/23/2010

  • Gainesville, Pinellas Co., Seminole Co., Volusia Co. Win USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Fall Section Titles

    The USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Fall Section Championship drew 62 teams to the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach on Dec. 11-12, 2010.  The Gainesville area sent seven teams, who competed in beginner to advanced divisions, and Gainesville teams won two of the six division titles (12 and Under Advanced, and 14 and Under Advanced). Congratulations to all who competed!

    “Saturday was a beautiful day of tennis,” said USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Michelle Willis. “Sunday was halted around 11:30 a.m. when the rain, 20 m.p.h. winds and cold front came in. The matches had to be called and the tournament cut short, with division winners determined by game-winning percentage.”

    In the 12-and-under division, Pinellas County’s “Largo Hulk Smash” finished ahead of Dade County’s “Ocean Club Int.” (a first-time team) for the Intermediate title, and Gainesville’s “G-Power”, coached by So-Mei Louie, won the Advanced title, edging runners-up “Daytona Heavy Hitters” from Volusia County.

    12 and under advanced division winners

    In the 14-and-under division, the Volusia County “Punishers” won the Intermediate title, finishing ahead of runners-up “Sanlando Smash” from Seminole County. “GLB”, coached by Bobbie Mehan, from the Gainesville area won the Advanced title, finishing ahead of “HP Seminoles” from Leon County, a first-time team.

    14 and under advanced winners


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  • Oyen and Will Win USTA/ITA National Indoor Tennis Championships Doubles




    The University of Florida’s Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) and Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) became the third Gator pair to win the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships doubles title, as they won a hard-fought three-setter Sunday at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

    Oyen and Will defeated Clemson’s third-seeded and fifth-ranked team of Josipa Bek and Keri Wong, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 to avenge their only loss this season and capture the national doubles championship.

    “We got another national title!” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist exclaimed following the match. “This was one of the best doubles matches I’ve seen in my 16 years of coaching tennis. Both teams played phenomenal tennis. There was great defense, tactical changes. We played really well. We had set-point in the first set and let it slip out of our hands. We didn’t think we were being as aggressive serving as we could have been and told ourselves that if we had a chance to be in that position again, we would go for it. We weren’t going to sit back and hope they miss.

    “That little change in our mentality made all the difference,” Thornqvist said. “We continued to return well in the second set and at the point of serving it out, stepped it up. We called poaches on second serves and really stepped up. I’m so proud of them. Sofie and Allie have come a long way since their first match together in October. Winning championships never gets old!”

    The 18th-ranked Gator pair ends the fall season with an 11-1 record together, having won their last 11 matches. The Gators’ lone loss was a season-opening setback to the same Clemsonduo they defeated in Sunday’s final.

    Oyen and Will became the third different Gator tandem to win the USTA-ITA National Indoor Championships doubles title, joining the teams of Nicole Arendt and Jillian Alexander, which won the 1991 crown, and Dawn Buth and Stephanie NIckitas, which captured the 1996 championship.

    Oyen and Will are the 18th and 19th different Gators to win an individual Grand Slam title, as the freshman and sophomore, respectively, produced the 24th championship trophy in the illustrious history of the Florida program.

    The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) sanctions the three legs of the collegiate singles and doubles Grand Slam events as well as the ITA National Team Indoor Championships and the NCAA Team Championships. The tournament legs in order contested: Riviera All-American; USTA/ITA National Indoor (formerly sponsored by ROLEX); and NCAA Championships. From 1986-2001, there were four national events, but the ITA National Clay Court Championships is no longer played.

    This was the final event of the fall tennis season. The Gators next return to the court on Jan. 13 for the Freeman Memorial in Las Vegas, before turning the attention wholly to dual match play, as Florida plays host to UCF on Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.

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    This video shows the same kids playing on a regular court compared to a 60 ft court.

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  • 2010 Sun All-Area Girls Tennis Team and Coach of the Year

    By Cliff Olsen


    First team

    Lindsey Cable, P.K. Yonge, senior: The Sun’s three-time player of the year finished with a 14-1 mark, claimed the District 4-1A title at No. 1 singles and led the Blue Wave back to the Class 1A state tourney for the first time since 1994.

    Jazz Whittaker, P.K. Yonge, freshman: Posted a 13-4 record, claimed the District 4-1A crown at No. 2 singles; captured the Class 1A state title at No. 2 doubles with Kiah Turner, was Class 1A state runner up at No. 2 singles.

    Leandra Neal, Columbia, senior: Was 13-2 at No. 1 singles and won the District 4-3A title while leading the Tigers to the team title and to the Class 3A state tourney for the first time since 1992.

    Sierra Solaun, Buchholz, senior: Ended with a 5-4 record at No. 1 and No. 2 singles; won District 1-4A title at No. 1 singles to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament.

    Sydnie Sine, Suwannee, senior: The Hillsborough CC signee posted a 14-3 mark at No. 1 singles, won the District 2-2A title and advanced to the semifinals at the Class 2A state tourney.

    Kiah Turner, P.K. Yonge, eighth-grader: Finished 13-3 and won the District 4-1A title at No. 3 singles; captured the Class 1A state title at No. 2 doubles with Jazz Whittaker.

    Second team

    Keely Dahl, Buchholz, senior: Posted a 6-3 record to win the District 1-4A title at No. 3 singles and helped the Bobcats to the team title.

    Zhoe Solaun, Buchholz, junior: Finished with a 6-5 mark splitting time at No. 1 and No. 2 singles for the district champion Bobcats.

    Katherine Haney, Suwannee, senior: Was 12-2 at No. 2 singles for the District 2-2A champion Bulldogs; reached the Class 2A state tournament with Sine at No. 1 doubles.

    Chrissie Reichert, Columbia, sophomore: Turned in a 15-1 mark at No. 2 singles and won the District 4-3A title; helped the Tigers get back to the Class 3A state tournament.

    Zari Whittaker, P.K. Yonge, junior: Turned in a 13-2 record, won District 4-1A title at No. 4 singles and helped the Blue Wave back to the Class 1A state finals.

    Susy Romero, Columbia, junior: Won the District 4-3A crown at No. 3 singles, helped the Tigers return to the Class 3A state tourney since 1992, ended with a 16-1 record.

    Honorable mention: Grace Dennison, Bradford, senior; Karen Li, Eastside, junior; Toni Veltcheva, Eastside, freshman; Kelly Calder, Gainesville, senior; Callie Lajza, Gainesville, sophomore; Sarah Lima, Gainesville, freshman; Justine Myers, Gainesville, sophomore; Zahara Chowdhury, Oak Hall, freshman; Alexis Mast, Oak Hall, eighth-grader; Kristi Muldoon, Oak Hall, junior; Shelby Ptacek, P.K. Yonge, senior; Lindsey Garland, Suwannee, sophomore; Ashton Bracewell, Suwannee, junior.

    Coach of the Year: Robert Taylor, P.K. Yonge

    In his first season at P.K. Yonge, he guided the Blue Wave to a 10-1 record and to their third straight district championship and also steered P.K. Yonge back to the FHSAA Class 1A state tournament for the first time since 1994. At the state tournament held at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry, the Blue Wave finished fourth in the state out of the eight-team field. Highlighting P.K. Yonge’s trip to state was its No. 2 doubles team of Jazz Whittaker and Kiah Turner, who went onto capture a state championship. Jazz Whittaker also finished as state runner up at No. 2 singles. Columbia coach Tabatha McMahon, who guided the Tigers to their first district title and then to their first state tournament appearance since 1992 was a finalist for this award.

    Note: The Gainesville Sun all-area teams, player of the year and coach of the year were selected by Cliff Olsen with help from area coaches. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to a fax sent to the school requesting information and numerous reminders in the newspaper.