All-division preview: Florida ends SEC road trip with pair of top-20 matches
Fifth-ranked Florida concludes its five-match Southeastern Conference road trip this weekend, beginning Friday with a trip to Auburn, Ala., to play No. 20 Auburn at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. After that, it's off to Tuscaloosa to play eighth-ranked Alabama on Sunday.
Both the Gators and Tigers suffered their first SEC loss by 4-2 scores. Two weekends ago, the Gators lost to Georgia while Auburn lost to Alabama.
Two Gators could set milestones this weekend. Sofie Oyen needs to wins to become the 27th Gator to reach the 100 career wins mark, and Brianna Morgan is one away from No. 50.
Olivia Janowicz paces the Gators with 27 singles wins this season, and Kourtney Keegan has won a team-high 26 doubles matches.
Auburn senior Jackie Kasler has been strong in conference play, holding a 4-1 record against conference foes this year. Kasler is also 8-2 in her past 10 matches. Junior Emily Flickinger boasts an 11-2 record in dual matches, including a 9-2 mark at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
In doubles, Pleun Burgmans and Flickinger are undefeated in dual matches at 11-0 and 4-0 in SEC play. The tandem continues to be ranked 12th in the nation in doubles by the ITA. Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller are ranked 46th heading into this weekend’s matches and is 11-1 in dual matches this year.
Around DI: One of the SEC's other top teams, No. 3 Georgia, plays a pair of top-30 games. On Friday, it takes on No. 28 Kentucky while it faces No. 11 Vanderbilt on Sunday. ... No. 22 Notre Dame faces two of the ACC's best in sixth-ranked Virginia (Friday) and No. 10 North Carolina (Sunday). ... Virginia also plays No. 21 Pittsburgh on Sunday. ... No. 9 Northwestern squares off with No. 26 Georgia Tech on Friday.
Around DII: Fourth-ranked Hawaii Pacific takes a three-match swing in Florida against some of the top teams in the nation after losing its first match of the season. On Saturday, it faces No. 3 Barry, sixth-ranked Lynn on Sunday and ninth-ranked Rollins on Monday. ... No. 10 Florida Southern has two matches this weekend, playing Washburn and Palm Beach Atlantic.
Around DIII: Fifth-ranked Claremont-M-S plays two of the nation's best, playing fourth-ranked Amherst and No. 11 Chicago on Friday and Sunday, respectively. ... Top-ranked Johns Hopkins plays eighth-ranked Carnegie Mellon on Saturday. ... Later Saturday, sixth-ranked Middlebury sees No. 12 Pomona-Pitzer in a match.