Florida wins back-to-back titles
Gators sweep away UCLA to capture national championship
ATHENS, Ga. -- Florida claimed its second consecutive national title and the program’s sixth overall, defeating UCLA 4-0 in the championship match on Tuesday afternoon. After taking the doubles point and getting quick singles wins from Alexandra Cercone and Sofie Oyen, for the second consecutive year Lauren Embree clinched the national title by winning her match.
It marked the first time in the program’s history the Gators have claimed back-to-back national titles.
Allie Will and Oyen took the No. 1 doubles match 8-2, while Cercone and Caroline Hitimana took an 8-5 decision at No. 3 doubles to clinch the point and give the Gators an early lead.
Cercone then took a 6-2, 6-0 win against Chanelle Van Nguyen while Oyen took a 6-3, 6-2 decision against Skylar Morton.
Needing far less drama then a year ago when she took a third set tiebreaker in the Gators’ victory against Stanford, Embree sealed the title with a 6-4, 6-0 victory against McCall Jones.
The second-seeded Gators finished the year with a 27-1 record and winners of 22 consecutive matches. UCLA entered as the No. 1 overall seed and finished the year with a 26-3 record on the year.
For Gators’ head coach Roland Thornqvist it was his third national crown (2003, 2011, 2012).