Florida women’s tennis shuts out UCLA 4-0, will face Stanford for 2011 NCAA Championship

By Adam Silverstein
May 23, 2011

Competing in the Final Four for the second-straight season and 21st time in the last 25 years, No. 2 Florida Gators women’s tennis (30-1) shut out the No. 6 UCLA Bruins (22-6) 4-0 to advance to the 2011 NCAA Championship taking place on Tuesday at Taube Tennis Stadium in Stanford, CA.

Florida got the evening started by winning two of three doubles contests and picking up the first point of the match. The No. 45 pairing of sophomore Lauren Embree and freshman Sofie Oyen won their set 8-6, and the duo of sophomore Caroline Hitimana and junior Joanna Mather closed out their opponents 8-4.

Embree/Oyen and Hitimana/Mather have been on fire for UF, also winning the doubles point for the Gators in their Elite Eight match-up on Sunday.

No. 17 Embree captured the first singles point with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 42 Noelle Hickey and was followed by No. 54 Cercone, who outlasted No. 77 Courtney Dolehide 7-5, 6-3 to give Florida a 3-0 advantage. With the sun setting and the courts becoming much colder, No. 7 sophomore Allie Will – UF’s ace all season – clinched the win for the Gators with a 7-6, 6-2 triumph over No. 57 McCall Jones on court one.

Florida will face the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (28-0) for the title for the second consecutive year and ninth time since 1988. The Cardinal defeated the Gators 4-3 for the 2010 NCAA Championship and is 6-2 all-time against UF when competing for the national title. Stanford is 16-11 all-time against Florida.

Tuesday’s championship game, where the Gators will look to break the Cardinal’s 184 consecutive match home winning streak, will air live on ESPNU at 7 p.m.

3 Comments

  1. Ken (CA) says:

    Go ladies! This match was alot closer than the 4-0 win indicates. Allie was down a break in both sets, neither could win serve consistently. Cercone was also down a break in the first set. These ladies fight like heck and the last 3 matches have been incredibly gutsy wins…It is about time to take some revenge on the Cardinal!

  2. SaraGator says:

    Standford is going to be tough, but our Lady Gators can do it!

    Go Gators!

  3. GatorsAlumLA says:

    Anyone else watching this (UF v Stanford)?

    We’re getting boat raced. C’mon Gators! Get up and go!

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