Second-ranked Gators sweep Central Florida during indoor match
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For the first time in program history, Florida hosted a dual match that was played from start to finish indoors, as frigid temperatures forced Wednesday’s action inside the Perry Indoor Tennis Facility.
The change in venue didn’t alter the focus of the second-ranked Gators, who captured the doubles point in 26 minutes and the clinched the dual match victory 73 minutes later en route to a 7-0 sweep against Central Florida.
Senior Sofie Oyen provided the clincher with her 6-2, 6-1 victory at the number three position, after fellow seniors Olivia Janowicz and Alexandra Cercone took care of business on courts one and three with scores of 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively.
UF’s three freshmen then took to the singles courts, where Belinda Woolcock, Kourtney Keegan and Stefani Stojic lost a combined five games to complete the team sweep.
Olivia Janowicz won her 17th consecutive singles dual match, dating back to last season.
Janowicz played and won at a career-high No. 1 spot in the singles lineup.
No. 5 UCLA 7, Loyola Marymount 0
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA improved to 4-0 on the season on Wednesday, dispatching of Loyola Marymount 7-0 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. It marked the first of two matches in as many days for the Bruins, who will also host UC Irvine on Thursday.
With freshman Jennifer Brady out of Wednesday's lineup, UCLA had to do some shuffling in doubles. Brady's normal partner, Robin Anderson, played at court No. 3 with Kelly Shaffer, as the duo went on to a 6-1 victory against Lisa Piller and Reka Rohonyi. The Bruins clinched the point at the No. 1 position, where Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips were 6-1 winners against Miya Jin and Jessica Perez.
UCLA was equally as dominant in singles play, winning all six matches in straight sets. Anderson, the nation's No. 1 player, paced the Bruins in singles, as she was first off the court following a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jin at court No. 1. A 6-2, 6-2 victory by Harrison against 97th-ranked Lauri Mueller at court No. 4 then brought UCLA within a point of clinching the win. Ninth-ranked Chanelle Van Nguyen would provide that clinching win when she downed Perez, 7-5, 6-1.
Other singles winners on the day for UCLA were McPhillips (court No. 3), Courtney Dolehide (court No. 5) and Shaffer (court No. 6).