Florida Sweeps Arkansas, Ties For SEC Lead
The University of Florida women’s tennis team swept Arkansas 7-0 and a few hours later found itself tied at the top of the Southeastern Conference standings after Georgia downed Texas A&M, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon.
All three programs sport an 8-1 league record following Sunday’s matches, with the Gator’s lone loss coming to the Aggies and the Bulldogs falling to Florida.
On Sunday at the Billingsley Tennis Center, Florida was impressive on the singles and doubles courts, earning the doubles point with 8-1 wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions.
The Gators then raced to early leads on all six singles courts, eventually winning all in straight sets.
Freshmen Danielle Collins and Brianna Morgan both posted double-bagel wins, with Collins downing Kristen Mee, 6-0, 6-0 on court six and Morgan taking care of Vlavia Araujo on court four.
Morgan moved to 20-5 overall this year, including 11-1 in dual match action, while Collins is 23-8.
Olivia Janowicz earned a 6-1, 6-1 win on court five and captured her team-best 27th singles win of the year, while Alexandra Cercone posted a 6-3, 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot., as she earned the 85th singles win of her career.
Sofie Oyen defeated Claudine Paulson, 7-5, 6-3, and improved to 25-7 this season and senior Lauren Embree capped the sweep with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Yang Pang.
Embree’s win was the 110th of her collegiate singles career, as she won her 14th straight overall singles match, including her 32nd in a row in dual match competition.
The Gators (15-2) return home on Friday, April 5, when the team plays host to Ole Miss, before entertaining Mississippi State on Sunday in Florida’s regular-season home finale, when Embree and fellow senior Caroline Hitimana will be celebrated.
No. 2 Florida at No. 44 Arkansas
Billingsley Tennis Center
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Final: Florida def. Arkansas, 7-0
Doubles (order of finish: 1, 3*)
1. No. 20 Lauren Embree / Sofie Oyen (FLA) def. No. 59 Claudine Paulson/ Segou Jonker (ARK) 8-1
2. Brittany Huxley/Yang Pang (ARK) led Alexandra Cercone / Olivia Janowicz (FLA) 6-4, unfinished
3. Brianna Morgan / Danielle Collins (FLA) def. Flavia Araujo/Kristen Mee (ARK) 8-1*
Singles (order of finish: 6, 5, 4*, 3, 2, 1)
1. No. 1 Lauren Embree (FLA) def. No. 47 Yang Pang (ARK) 6-2, 6-1
2. No. 12 Sofie Oyen (FLA) def. No. 97 Claudine Paulson (ARK) 7-5, 6-3
3. No. 53 Alexandra Cercone (FLA) def. Brittany Huxley (ARK) 6-3, 6-2
4. No. 107 Brianna Morgan (FLA) def. Flavia Araujo (ARK) 6-0, 6-0*
5. No. 118 Olivia Janowicz (FLA) def. Segou Jonker (ARK) 6-1, 6-1
6. No. 115 Danielle Collins (FLA) def. Kristen Mee (ARK) 6-0, 6-0
Records: Florida 15-2, 8-1 SEC; Arkansas 10-12, 3-7 SEC)