The fifth-ranked University of Florida women’s tennis team improved to 53-1 against instate foe and No. 16 Florida State with Wednesday afternoon’s chilly 4-0 victory at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee.
The Gators (8-2) shuffled their doubles lineups with three new pairings and it proved successful as Florida earned the doubles points with wins on courts one and two, after the Seminoles opened the match winning on court three.
Alexandra Cercone and Sofie Oyen had compiled a 1-3 record as a pair this year during the fall, but used that experience to post an 8-2 against Francesca Segarelli and Kristina Schleich on court one, as the Gator tandem improved to 8-4 all-time together.
Lauren Embree and Brianna Morgan, who were playing together for the first time, provided the clinching doubles point victory with an 8-2 decision versus Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright on court two.
Danielle Collins and Olivia Janowicz weren’t as fortunate, as they dropped an 8-1 result to Mia Vriens and Amy Sargeant at the number three spot.
“I was very pleased with our number one and two doubles pairings, they looked really good, they moved well together,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “In singles we took care of business with straight set wins on three of the courts that finished. It was tough conditions, very cold and windy. I thought both teams managed to play fantastic tennis despite the conditions. We’re happy to head home with the ‘w’ and hopefully we’ll get some warmer conditions when we host South Carolina on Saturday.”
Oyen raced out to a 6-0, 6-1 win against Borthwick on court two and gave Florida a 2-0 lead in the team scoring.
Embree followed with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mia Vriens at the number one position, as the Gator senior improved to 103-14 in her overall singles career, as well as 73-5 in dual match action.
Cercone provided the fourth and final point in the team win, as she downed Sargeant, 6-4, 6-3.
The remaining three singles matches on court were abandoned once Cercone clinched the Gator victory, its 18th consecutive against instate opponents.
Florida returns to action on Sat., March 9, when the team plays host to South Carolina at the Ring Tennis Complex, where first-serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. Admission to all regular-season home matches is free.