The second-ranked Florida women’s tennis team opened its road swing with an impressive 4-0 shutout against LSU at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium on Friday evening.
The Gators (14-2, 7-1 SEC) began the match by winning the doubles point, as the UF’s No. 3 pair of Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) blanked Kaitlin Burns and Ella Taylor, 8-0, before 20th-ranked Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) and Sofie Oyen (Belgium) clinched the initial point of the dual match with an 8-5 win against Mary Jeremiah and Ariel Morton.
Florida then jumped out to win the first set on all six singles courts, as Collins, Oyen and Caroline Hitimana (Belgium) polished off the victory with straight-set victories on courts six, two and five, respectively.
The win for Hitimana was her 31st straight dual match singles victory, as the Gator senior improved to 44-4 all-time in dual match singles play, including a 20-1 record in SEC action.
“I was really pleased with today’s win,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “I thought we were fantastic on the singles court. We were focused and played smart, efficient tennis. Danielle has been out for the last few matches and was super in her return to the lineup.”
The Gators, who play four of the final six regular-season matches on the road, continue their stretch at Arkansas on Sunday. Friday’s win against LSU was Florida’s seventh straight victory.
No. 2 Florida at No. 54 LSU
W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium
Baton Rouge, La.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Final: Florida def. LSU, 4-0
Doubles (Order of finish: 3, 1*)
1. #20 Lauren Embree/Sofie Oyen (FLORIDA) def. Mary Jeremiah/Ariel Morton (LSU) 8-5*
2. Keri Frankenberger/Ebie Wilson (LSU) vs. Caroline Hitimana/Brianna Morgan (FLORIDA) 4-4, unfinished
3. Danielle Collins/Olivia Janowicz (FLORIDA) def. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) 8-0
Singles (Order of finish: 6, 2, 5*)
1. #1 Lauren Embree (FLORIDA) led #114 Kaitlin Burns (LSU), 6-2, 5-2, unfinished
2. #12 Sofie Oyen (FLORIDA) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
3. #107 Brianna Morgan (FLORIDA) led Ella Taylor (LSU), 6-1, 4-3, unfinished
4. #118 Olivia Janowicz (FLORIDA) led Ariel Morton (LSU), 7-5, 4-0, unfinished
5. #125 Caroline Hitimana (FLORIDA) def. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 6-1, 6-2*
6. #115 Danielle Collins (FLORIDA) def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 6-1, 6-1
Records: Florida 14-2, 7-1 SEC; LSU 8-11, 1-8 SEC
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