• Gainesville Team Wins at USTA Florida Combo Adult Championships

    Adapted from USTA Florida January 18, 2012 02:47 PM

    http://www.florida.usta.com/USA-League-Tennis-Pages/gainesville_miami_ocala_adult_teams_win_at_usta_florida_combo_adult_chps111/

    The Gainesville team, playing out of the Jonesville Tennis Center and representing Alachua County, swept Escambia County 3-0 in the Combo Men’s 7.5 division final to claim the championship.

    Captained by Gabriel Ghita, the Gainesville squad was comprised of Daniel Berdat, Latchezar Hristov, Eric Kidd, Newton Turenne, Ziad Ghanimi, William Pelletier, Sorin Fratila, David Craig Perkins, David Hou, Erik Bayard, Leonardo Ferreira, Greg Williamson, Kevin Banes, Peter Adhihetty and John Kairalla.

    Combo Adult teams are comprised of players 18 years or older in a combined-rating format from 5.5 to 9.5. The combined NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) ratings of each doubles team may neither exceed the level nor be more than 1.0 less than the level in which they are competing. The NTRP rating difference between the members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 0.5.

    7.5 Combo Champions – JTC Ghita

  • University of Florida Women’s Tennis Home Match Schedule 2012

    Date of Home Match Opponent Time
    Wednesday, January 25th Troy 3 pm
    Wednesday, February 1st UCF 3 pm
    Tuesday, February 7th USF 4 pm
    Sunday, February 26th North Carolina 1 pm
    Wednesday, February 29th FSU 5 pm
    Friday, March 9th Vanderbilt 5 pm
    Sunday, March 11th Kentucky 1 pm
    Wednesday, March 14th Duke 3 pm
    Sunday, March 25th Ole Miss 1 pm
    Friday, April 6th Arkansas 5 pm
    Sunday, April 8th LSU 1 pm
  • University of Florida Men’s Tennis Spring 2012 Home Match Schedule

    Saturday, Jan. 28th ITA Kick OFF against New Mexico University 10:00 AM

    Sunday, Jan. 29th winners of Florida, New Mexico, Miami, Wake Forest TBA

    Saturday Feb. 11 Florida State University 1:00 PM

    Sunday Feb 12 University of Illinois 12:00 PM

    Tuesday Feb 28 University of South Florida 3:00 PM

    Friday March 2 University of Tennessee 5:00 PM

    Sunday March 4 University of Georgia 1:00 PM

    Friday March 24 Mississippi State University 5:00 PM

    Friday March 30 Auburn University 5:00 PM

    Sunday April 1 University of Alabama 1:00 PM

    Saturday April 14 University of South Carolina 1:00 PM

    Sat. & Sun May 12-13 1st and 2nd round of NCAA Tournament Site to be decided

  • Mehan Family of Gainesville Readies 3 for USTA League and JTT National Chps.

    From http://www.florida.usta.com/mehan_family_of_gainesville_readies_3_for_usta_league_and_jtt_national_chps111/

    September 15, 2011

    After playing USTA League tennis for more than 25 years and never advancing to nationals, Gainesville’s Bobbie Mehan suddenly has a family full of national championship contenders in 2011. In the same year Mehan, her sister and her daughter are all advancing to USTA League National Championships in Arizona.

    Mehan, the QuickStart 10 and Under Tennis director and assistant pro at the Jonesville Tennis Center in Gainesville, Fla., began playing USTA League tennis out of college in Kansas City. Then it was league tennis in Chicago, Atlanta, and for the last 10 years in Florida.

    “Altogether I’ve played forever and never gotten to a nationals,” she says, laughing. “That doesn’t seem possible does it, after playing that many years.”

    Her women’s 45-and-over team, including sister Bonnie O’Brien, were unlikely USTA Florida Section champions until enduring a series of tiebreak wins during a rainy weekend at the USTA Florida Adult League Championships in July at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

    “We were not favored by any means. We were just excited to [advance to] play on Sunday, much less play in the finals,” Mehan said. “It came down to a third-set tiebreaker on the last court for us to win on a Sunday at about 11 o’clock at night [after rain delays]. All the tiebreakers went our way, it was really perfect, it was really close. I think we were taking our [championship team] pictures at 11:15 p.m. that Sunday because of the rain, it was just crazy. There’s not too much of a fanbase around at 11:15 on a Sunday night, but that didn’t matter.”

    The sisters Bobbie and Bonnie have played tennis together since high school when their team won the state championship. Bonnie will be the lone player on the team with previous USTA League National Championship experience.

    “She did go to nationals one time out of [USTA] Missouri Valley, she got to go to Key Biscayne,” Mehan said. “There’s actually people on the team that have played longer than me — there is one lady on the team who says she has played league tennis for over 40 years and never had gone to nationals.”

    One tradition for USTA teams advancing to league nationals is to present the other teams with a gift, and the Gainesville resident is attempting to keep her Florida Gators football passion in check.

    “We’re going to come up with something great to represent Florida — I think we should give something ‘Gators,’ something Gator-ish, but we are representing Florida and not just Gainesville,” Mehan said, laughing.

    The team roster also includes Ekanong Van Roy, Larissa Williamson, Mary Cribb, Elizabeth Amdur, Jean Vaughn, Kar Yee Fransham, Preetika Pai, Barbara Rozboril, Kathy Bevis, Margot Markowitz, Deborah Hubbart, Zhoe Solaun, Sierra Solaun, Debbie Bowers and Sandra Phillips.

    Also advancing to USTA Jr. Team Tennis Nationals in the 14-Advanced division is Mehan’s daughter Lillie.

    “I had the additional pressure, because my daughter had already won her sectional weeks before, and I knew she was going to nationals so I had the pressure,” Mehan said. “I thought, ‘Okay! If she gets to go to nationals, maybe this is my year.’ It’s just weird that they’re both in Arizona a week apart.”

    For the 14-year-old Lillie it’s also a first-time trip to nationals after much of her team recently moved up from the 12-Advanced division.

    “This will be the first time going to nationals for everyone on the team,” said Lillie, who adds the team has already planned their wardrobe changes.

    “We’re all planning on wearing the same uniform for every day — like, on the plane we’ll all wear Jonesville or DB [Racquet Club] tennis shirts, and for like the first day we’re wearing black and yellow, and the next day we’re wearing black-out, like black shirts and shorts or whatever, and the next day yellow and navy,” Lillie said. “It’s really exciting, because it’s our first time ever and it’s really fun.”

    Now all that’s left for the family is figuring out flights and stay-overs in Arizona to support one another. The 2011 USTA League 4.5 Adult National Championships will be held Oct. 28-30, 2011 at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz., while the 2011 USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14-U National Championships will be held Oct. 20-23 at The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.

  • Florida Women’s Tennis Defeats Stanford for Fifth NCAA Team Championship

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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    CONTACT: Kathy Cafazzo at 352-375-4683, ext. 6133

    Sophomore Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the third set, forced a tiebreaker, where she overcame a 2-0 hole and earned a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victory and provided the clinching 4-3 win against top-seeded Stanford and helped Florida win the 2011 NCAA Championship on Tuesday at Taube Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University.

    The second-seeded Gators (31-1) earned their fifth national team title, while ending top-seeded Stanford’s (28-1) NCAA-record 184 consecutive home-match win streak and its 47-match overall win streak. Stanford has not lost at home since Feb. 27, 1999 in a 5-4 loss to Cal and had notdropped a decision since a lost at UCLA on Feb. 26, 2010.

    The title is the Florida athletics program 26th national team championship and second this season with the men’s track and field team winning the NCAA Indoor title. “I don’t know what it looked like on TV or in the stands, that took about 10 years off my life,” said head coach Roland Thornqvist, who guided the Gators to his second national championship in his 10-year tenure at UF. “We played phenomenal doubles that really set the tone. Today we really found out how Stanford has a 10-year winning streak. It’s really difficult to win here. It took a gutsy performance and everything we had to push us through to victory. Thankfully

    “We knew this was going to be very difficult,” Thornqvist said. “Playing in front of 2,000 fans screaming against you, it was tough. Our freshmen were outstanding this week. That proved to be the difference. Alex Cercone went 4-0 this week and that’s tough to do.”

    Thornqvist also led the Gators to the 2003 NCAA title played in Gainesville. “My first one, it was just my second year at Florida and my head was still spinning,” Thornqvist shared. “I was just so excited to be at Florida, I don’t know if I enjoyed it that much. This one is certainly very special. To be able to do it here at Stanford in front of 2,000 hostile fans with probably the hardest-working team I’ve ever had is very, very rewarding.”

    On Tuesday, the Gators won the doubles point with impressive play at all three positions and took a 1-0 team lead. The Cardinal quickly regrouped on the singles court, where the hosts jumped out and won the first set on five of the six courts. Stanford senior and third-ranked Hilary Barte was the first to finish, as she defeated Gator sophomore and seventh-ranked Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.), 6-2, 6-4, and evened the team scoring at 1-all. The loss snapped Will’s 15-match win streak and marked only her second dual match singles loss this season. There were seven breaks in the second set, and Barte managed the last to break Will in the final game to take the straight-set decision.

    Stanford then took a 2-1 lead when 18th-ranked Nicole Gibbs defeated 91st-ranked Sofie Oyen, 6-4, 7-5 on court three. The Gator rookie had a break for 4-3 in the second set, but Gibbs broke and held for a 5-4 lead. Oyen held, as did Gibbs, but the Cardinal earned one final break to win the match. Alex Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) provided the Gators with a singles victory, as she rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win against Veroncia Li and her 14th consecutive decision. The win, which closed the gap to 3-2 in the team score, was her team-best 37th singles victory. Cercone opened the final set with a break and held for a 2-0 lead. Li broke and held before Cercone also held and the set was even at 3-all. Cercone collected another break and aced on game point to a 5-3 lead. The then broke again and held for the win. Cercone has won her singles match in the last five NCAA matches, the only Gator to do so.

    Stanford then put itself one step closer to the title, when Stacey Tan found a way to take out Gator captain Joanna Mather (Duluth, Ga.), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, on court four and take a 3-1 lead I the team score.The attention then turned to court two, where Lauren Embree was battling 22nd-ranked Mallory Burdette and hero of last year’s 4-3 Stanford win, as well as a vocal and hostile Cardinal crowd. Embree trailed 4-0 in the third set, before ripping off the next four games to even the frame and headed to the baseline to serve, where she lost just one point to take a miraculous 5-4 lead.

    While the hoards of fans moved to the stadium courts to watch what it felt would be the clinching decision with Burdette’s large lead, Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) was quietly leading her third set against Carolyn McVeigh, 5-0. Embree then drew up double-match point against Burdette’s serve, but couldn’t finish either, as the Cardinal won four straight points to win the game and keep the match alive. Embree then lost just one point on her serve for a 6-5 lead. She then won the first two points of Burdette’s service game, as Janowicz drew up double-match point on court six. Burdette rallied to win the next three points, with the third clipping the net-cord and falling into open space and later the fourth point to force a tiebreak. At the start of the tiebreak, Janowicz polished off her 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 victory and tied the team match at 3-all. The win was the Gator rookie’s 19th consecutive victory. “This is honestly better than anything I could have ever dreamed,” said Janowicz of winning the national championship. “I don’t even know how to describe how I’m feeling.”

    Embree fell behind 2-0 in the tiebreak but won four straight points and took control. Burdette held her next serve for 4-3 and then evened the match at 4-all. Embree won the next two and set up double-match point, but Burdette fought off both and tied the breaker at 6-all. Embree then dug deep and won the next two points for the 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victory and the championship. Embree actually jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first set, but Burdette ripped off the next six games and whipped the Stanford crowd into a frenzy, as it propelled her to a 3-1 lead in the second behind a pair of breaks. Embree calmed and wore down the hard-hitting Cardinal and she broke in the seventh game en route to taking the second set and forcing a third. “It was so up and down,” Embree shared about her match. “I got off to a really good start. Mallory just started to play better and better as the match went on. In the second set I knew if I hung in there and could get a break and that’s what happened. I got off to a really slow start in the third. Honestly, I really just wanted to stay out there and fight for my team. Joanna (Mather) was down a set and 5-0 (in Monday’s NCAA Semifinal match) and I knew that if she could do it, I could do it. I wanted to fight as long as I could and I came out with the win. “I had different thoughts racing through my mind when I was down 4-0 in the third,” Embree shared. “I kept fighting. I knew I still had a chance no matter what the score was.”

    Embree, who was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Performer, completed the dual match portion of the season with a perfect 24-0 singles record, as she will continue action on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships.

    “Lauren is one of the players who you can always depend on,” Cercone said. “Sometimes you don’t want to depend on a player and put pressure on anybody, but it came down to that today. We knew, I knew that Lauren was going to pull it out because the heart that she has. I had incredible faith in her and I’m proud that she did what she did today.”

    Florida was very impressive on the doubles court, where all three teams earned early breaks and held comfortable leads throughout play. The Gator’s number two team of Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) and Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) continued its quick work as it provided the first win of the championship with an 8-3 victory against Nicole Gibbs and Veronica Li in 37 minutes. Embree and Oyen capped their inaugural season together with a 9-0 record, netting a win in each of the last five NCAA matches for the Gators. Florida’s number three tandem of Caroline Hitimana (Waterloo, Belgium) and Joanna Mather (Duluth, Ga.) provided the clinching doubles point for the third consecutive match, this time downing Carolyn McVeigh and Stacey Tan, 8-3. The pair had not played together since November, but reunited in the NCAA Quarterfinal round and has been a key to Florida’s doubles success at the championship site. Alex Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) and Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) were leading their match against Hilary Barte and Mallory Burdette when play was abandoned.

    Florida also won the doubles point at last year’s NCAA Final, before the Cardinal rallied to collect four singles victories en route to the 4-3 decision. The Gators had not lost a dual match this year when winning the doubles point.

    The 2011 event marked the eighth time Florida and Stanford squared off in the NCAA Final, with the Cardinal winning five of those matches and the Gators capturing the title in 1996, 2003 and now 2011.Florida, which ended the year on a 21-match winning streak, posted the 875th win in the program’s 39th season of varsity action, taking the all-time record to an impressive 875-128.

    2011 NCAA Women’s All-Tournament Team

    Most Outstanding Player: Lauren Embree, FLORIDA

    No. 1 Singles: Hilary Barte, Stanford

    No. 2 Singles: Lauren Embree, FLORIDA

    No. 3 Singles: Nicole Gibbs, Stanford

    No. 4 Singles: Jelena Staivuk, Baylor

    No. 5 Singles: Alex Cercone, FLORIDA

    No. 6 Singles: Carolyn McVeigh, Stanford

    No. 1 Doubles: Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette, Stanford

    No. 2 Doubles: Lauren Embree/Sofie Oyen, FLORIDA

    No. 3 Doubles: Diana Nakic/Sona Novakova, Baylor

    NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships Final

    Doubles (ranking)

    1. (2) Alex Cercone/Allie Will, UF led (3) Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette, SU, 6-3 DNF

    2. (45) Lauren Embree/Sofie Oyen, UF d. Nicole Gibbs/Veronica Li, SU, 8-3

    3. (37) Caroline Hitimana/Joanna Mather, UF d. (74) Carolyn

    McVeigh/Stacey Tan, SU, 8-3*

    Order of Finish: 2, 3*

    Singles

    1. (3) Hilary Barte, SU d. (7) Allie Will, UF, 6-2, 6-4

    2. (17) Lauren Embree, UF d. (22) Mallory Burdette, SU, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(6)*

    3. (18) Nicole Gibbs, SU d. (91) Sofie Oyen, UF, 6-4, 7-5

    4. (43) Stacey Tan, SU d. (42) Joanna Mather, UF, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

    5. (54) Alex Cercone, UF d. Veroncia Li, SU, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

    6. (53) Olivia Janowicz, UF d. Carolyn McVeigh, SU, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1

    Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 2*

    Updated records: Florida 31-1, Stanford 28-1

    For all of the latest information on Florida Women’s Tennis please

    log on to www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women or follow the team on Twitter

    at www.twitter.com/GatorZoneTennis.

  • UF Men’s Tennis Regional NCAA Recap

    By Mike Hoctor

    The Gators were a bit rusty after a three week hiatus between matches. But when they took the courts on Friday to begin the Gainesville Regional of the NCAA Division 1 National Championship Tournament, the team came to life very quickly against first round foe South Carolina State. The MEAC champion Bulldogs were no match for the seventh seeded Gators. The doubles point was quickly won in 50 minutes by number one doubles team Alex Lacroix and Sekou Bangoura, as well as number two doubles team Nassim Slilam and Billy Federhofer. When the doubles point was clinched, the number three doubles team of Bob Van Oberbeek and Andrew Butz were ahead 7-4, as the match was terminated.

    In singles, the Gators made short work of South Carolina State. Number six singles player Spencer Newman overwhelmed his South Carolina State counterpart, 6-1, 6-1. Nassim Slilam, elevated to the number two singles slot, followed suit with a 6-1, 6-3 victory. The match clincher was applied by Sekou Bangoura 6-2, 6-1. The other three singles matches involving Gators Alex Lacroix, Bob Van Oberbeek, and Billy Federhofer were stopped, with the Gator singles players comfortably ahead. The team win meant the Gators would now move from the round of 64, in the tournament, to the round of 32, to face instate nemesis Miami on Saturday afternoon.

    Saturday’s play begin in the women’s bracket of the Gainesville regional innocently enough, however the weather changed abruptly bringing rain delays that totaled six plus hours. Once the two women’s matches had been completed around 9:00 PM Saturday evening, the Gators and Canes took the court to try and play. Under the lights, the Gators came out firing on all doubles cylinders. The number two doubles team of Nassim Slilam and Billy Federhofer controlled play throughout their doubles pro set, pulling away from Blocker and Chin of Miami for an 8-2 victory. At number one doubles, Alex Lacroix and Sekou Bangoura were equally efficient and demolished Miami’s Crowley and Aly 8-2. With the doubles point in hand, the number three doubles match involving Bob Van Oberbeek and Andrew Butz, was stopped on serve with Miami’s Ast and Pavia leading 7-6.

    In the locker room, there was little reason to remind the Gator team, that two years ago, this Miami team cut the heart out of the Gators in the NCAA Regional Final. During that match, the Gators had also won the doubles point, and needed to split the singles matches in order to win. However the Canes came back from losing the doubles point, to overcome the 2008-09 Gators and beat them in Gainesville 4-3. In looking around the locker room, Saturday evening at each player, it was more then apparent that this team was not about to let this scenario occur in 2011.

    As the clock moved past ten PM Saturday evening, on each of the six singles courts, the Gator players surged ahead. But mother nature was not going to let this play out Saturday, as the rains once again came in and postponed the Gator tennis freight train for the evening. At 10:45 PM the tournament officials decided play would resume Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. Once again in the locker room, the team was reminded that in order to complete this mission and advance to the Sweet Sixteen in Palo Alto, each player would have to remain focused and not let this over night delay distract them.

    The team came back Sunday morning, just as the coaches hoped, ready to complete the task of defeating a pesky Miami team. Nassim Slilam, at two singles, continued his impressive play and never gave his Miami opponent, senior Christian Blocker, a chance to get into the match. After a 6-2 first set victory, Nas never took his foot off the gas pedal, and disposed of Blocker with another 6-2 second set victory for the win.

    Senior Alex Lacroix, playing his last match at the Linder Tennis Stadium in Gainesville, went out with a bang! Alex competing as hard as he always does, intimidated Miami senior Keith Crowley with his intensity and shot making. Alex sprinted to a 6-1, 6-1 victory, capping a tremendous four year run at home. With the win, Alex became the all time total wins record holder. Alex passed former Gator letterman Justin O’Neal’s 208 total victories, with his 209th total win. Alex now goes down in Gator Men’s Tennis lore, as the all time winningest player. What else can you say about a player that epitomizes all that is good in a Gator student athlete!

    The clincher for Florida came from court six. Miami native, Spencer Newman, was on his own mission. After beating Miami’s Pedro Ast 6-0 in the first set, Spencer could smell the finish line for himself and this Gator team. A team that had now experienced the lows of multiple 3-4 defeats, only to grow in stature and experience and win the SEC Tournament title three weeks previously, was on the brink of the biggest victory of the season. A win that would send this NCAA National Tournament seventh seeded Gators to the promised land of collegiate tennis in Palo Alto, for the Sweet Sixteen and beyond. Spencer forged ahead in the second set, but Ast was not finished and gamely fought off defeat to extend the set to 5-4 in Spencer’s favor. Spencer worked his way through multiple match points and pulled out this Gator victory 6-4, ending the match and once again sending this Gator Men’s Tennis Team into instantaneous celebration mode. Sekou Bangoura, Bob Van Overbeek, and Billy Federhofer singles matches did not need to be finished, once Spencer clinched team victory for the Gators. Every Gator player dropped their racket and quickly joined Spencer Newman to drink in this accomplishment. The 4-0 team victory over Miami avenged that day two years previously, and more importantly propelled the Gator team into the Sweet Sixteen.

    Only once in the ten year Andy Jackson era, at Florida, had one of his team’s not experienced the Sweet Sixteen. This is a legacy of success that is impressive. One of this year’s team goals was quite obviously reaching the third round of NCAA championship play. However this year, the team is not satisfied with just getting to the round of sixteen in the NCAA tournament. This team has gained enormous amounts of self confidence over the past month. The 2011 Gator’s Men’s Tennis Team is flying to Palo Alto, California Monday with one thing in mind. Winning the National Championship. There will be fifteen other teams at Stanford starting Thursday with the same goals. The difference is that this Gator team now knows they are capable of beating anyone in the championship field. The next step occurs Thursday, May 19th at 3:00 PM Pacific Time, against SEC rival Kentucky. Both teams know each other so very well, and have split two previous meetings in Gainesville this year. The team that believes in itself, and handles the peripheral atmosphere of a championship site, will emerge victorious. We believe to a man that that team will be your Florida Gators! Thank you for your tremendous support this past weekend, during regional play, and all season. This team is a group all of you can be extremely proud of, as they first learned to crawl competitively this year, and then sprang upright and walked, and now we are ready to make a run at the ultimate championship! Go Gators!

    Mike Hoctor
    University of Florida Tennis



  • Florida Tennis League Season Two

  • UF Men’s Tennis Team Schedule 2010-2011

    DATE TEAM LOCATION TIME
    Fri-Mon, Jan 14-17 SEC Indoor Knoxville, TN
    Friday, Jan.21 Furman Gainesville, FL 3 pm
    Sunday, Jan 23 Baylor Gainesville, FL 12 noon
    Fri, Jan 28 UC Santa Barbara  (ITA Kick-Off Weekend) Gainesville, FL 10 am
    Fri, Jan 28 Troy Vs. NC State Gainesville, FL 1 pm
    Sat., Jan 29 ITA Kick-Off, Consolation Gainesville, FL 10 am
    Sat. Jan 29 ITA Kick-Off, Final Gainesville, FL 1 pm
    Fri, Feb 4 UCF Gainesville, FL 3 pm
    Sun Feb 6 FSU Tallahassee, FL 1 pm
    Sat Feb 12 Illinois Champaign, IL 6 pm
    Fri-Mon Feb 18-21 ITA National Team Indoor Seattle, WA
    Fri March 4 LSU Gainesville, FL 3 pm
    Sun March 6 Arkansas Gainesville, FL 1 pm
    Fri March 11 Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 5 pm
    Sun March 13 Auburn Auburn, AL 1 pm
    Thu March 17 Southern California Gainesville, FL 5 pm
    Sat March 19 Ole Miss Gainesville, FL 1 pm
    Sat March 26 Mississippi State Starksville, MS 1 pm
    Fri April 1 Kentucky Gainesville, FL 3 pm
    Sun April 3 Vanderbilt Gainesville, FL 1 pm
    Fri April 8 Georgia Athens, GA 5 pm
    Sun, April 10 Tennessee Knoxville, TN 1 pm
    Sat. April 16 South Carolina Columbia, SC 3 pm
    Thur-Sun April 21-24 SEC Tournament Gainesville, FL
    Fri-Sun May 13-15 NCAA Regional TBA
    Thur- Wed May 19-25 NCAA Team Tournament Stanford, CA
    Thur-Mon May 26-30 NCAA Individual Stanford, CA
  • 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

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

    11/7/2010

    From:

    http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?game_id=9675

    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.