The Gators combined for a 3-1 singles record during the final day of play at the season-opening Duke Fab Four Invitational held at the Cary Tennis Center on Sunday.
Senior Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) was the only Gator involved in a first-place match and fell to North Carolina’s Hayley Carter, 6-2, 6-4, in the BLACK draw.
Senior Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) defeated Duke’s No. 42 Ester Goldfeld, 6-1, 6-0, for third-place in the WHITE draw. The win was the second-highest ranked opponent Janowicz has defeated in her collegiate career.
Freshman Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) earned an impressive 6-0, 6-2 victory against Duke’s No. 24 Hanna Mar to take fifth place in the BLUE draw, while rookie Belinda Woolcock (Victoria, Australia) needed nearly three hours to earn fifth place in WHITE draw, as she downed William & Mary’s Leeza Nemchinov, 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-4.
Quoting Head Coach Roland Thornqvist
“Even though Sofie lost in the finals, I thought all four of us played great tennis with great energy. We fought hard. We looked strong, even on the last day which is obviously always our goal.”
“The highlight may have been Olivia’s play. This is clearly the best I’ve seen Olivia play. She has much more weight on her ball. I’m happy for her being this is her senior year. She’s showed great improvement every year and that says a lot.”
UPDATED FINAL DRAWS: http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women/stats/box/20130915000000.pdf
Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, Pre-Qualifying (Los Angeles): Sept. 28-29
Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, Qualifying (Pacific Palisades, Calif.): Oct. 1-2
Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, Main Draw (Pacific Palisades, Calif.): Oct 3-6
Duke Fab Four Invite Day 3 Results – UF Only
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
Singles - BLACK Draw
Hayley Carter (UNC) d. #16 Sofie Oyen (UF), 6-2, 6-4
Singles - BLUE Draw
Kourtney Keegan (UF) d. #24 Hanna Mar (Duke), 6-0, 6-2
Singles - WHITE Draw
#75 Olivia Janowicz (UF) d. #42 Ester Goldfeld (Duke), 6-1, 6-0
Singles - WHITE Draw
Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. Leeza Nemchinov (Wm & Mary), 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-4
Teams with Athletes Competing
Alabama, Duke, Florida, Furman, Miami, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, William & Mary
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