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No. 5 Florida earns a 7-0 sweep of in-state rival No. 28 Florida State

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida earned a solid 7-0 sweep against Florida State at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on Tuesday evening.

The Gators earned the doubles point in impressive fashion, before capturing victories on the first five singles matches in 74 minutes.

Olivia Janowicz, Brianna Morgan and Kourtney Keegan were the first off the singles courts and secured the team dual match win.

Sofie Oyen and Stefani Stojic followed with consecutive sets wins on courts four and six, respectively.

That set the stage for court two, where Alexandra Cercone was left to provide the shutout. Cercone led 5-1 in the first set, before Kerrie Cartwright battled back to 5-4, as the Gator senior served out for the set. Cartwright, however, carried her momentum into the second set where she forced a deciding third despite Cercone fighting off five set points at 5-3.

In the 10-point tiebreak, Cercone earned a mini-break for a 5-3 lead and after one point held on her two serves for the 7-4 advantage en route to the 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) win.

No. 9 Southern California, San Diego State

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Southern California took San Diego State by storm today in a mid-week road trip that saw the Women of Troy tack up a smooth 7-0 sweep of the host Aztecs. On a speedy clincher from freshman Zoë Katz, the Trojans pocketed a road win that improves USC to 6-2 overall.

The Women of Troy opened the event with a winning run through doubles play to set the tone. Up on court one, USC's defending national champs Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria pinned up an 8-3 win against Antonaña/Buth first. In the cleanup position were Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis at the No. 3 spot, and they'd come through with a quick clincher on an 8-2 decision against Davis/Nguyen to snag the first point of the match for the Trojans. On court two, USC's Brynn Boren and Zoë Katz sent USC into singles play on a winning note with an 8-5 victory against Johnson/Somoracz.

In singles, USC strung together three decisive victories to secure a quick win for the Trojan contingent. Senior Kaitlyn Christian silenced her Aztec opponent with 6-0, 6-0 shutout to make it 2-0 from her spot on court six. Then, USC's Zoë Scandalis and Zoë Katz mirrored each other with respective 6-0, 6-1 wins to speed USC to victory, up 4-0 on host San Diego State. Katz secured the clincher, and Brynn Boren was the next to register a win, putting up a 6-3, 6-2 win at the No. 2 singles spot. On court one, USC's Sabrina Santamaria knocked out a 7-5, 7-5 win to make it a 6-0 USC advantage, and Giuliana Olmos would finish out the clean sweep with her 7-6, 6-3 win at the No. 4 spot.