March 14, 2010
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The 69th-ranked women's tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 5 Florida on Sunday at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 6-7 overall and 0-4 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while the Gators improve to 13-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 versus league foes.
"We had a strong showing in doubles today and certainly had our chances," UA head coach Jenny Mainz said after the match. "In singles, I thought we came out ready to play, so I credit Florida. They wouldn't give us anything. They do an excellent job of capitalizing on first-chance opportunities. We competed hard, but really just got outplayed across the board."
Florida took the early advantage by winning the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 2. First off the courts was the matchup at No. 2 where Gator senior Anastasia Revzina and freshman Lauren Embree, ranked 34th in doubles, breezed to an 8-1 victory over Alabama seniors Paulina Bigos and Alice Tunaru. The remaining two matches went over an hour and were tightly contested throughout, however Florida's sixth-ranked tandem of senior Marrit Boonstra and freshman Allie Will edged the Tide's 47th-ranked pair of sophomore Courtney McLane and freshman Alexa Guarachi for the win and the doubles point. Once the point was clinched the matchup and No. 3 was called. There were a total of eight breaks in the contest with Florida's team of sophomore Joanna Mather and freshman Caroline Hitimana securing the final break over Alabama junior Meritt Emery and freshman Antonia Foehse to put the match on serve at 7-6 when it ended.
The Gators took control of singles early and never looked back winning three consecutive matches en route to the team victory. No. 105 Revzina was first to win her match on court four taking down Bigos 6-1, 6-0. Florida netter Will, ranked 11th in the nation, was next to claim a win on the afternoon with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over McLane at No. 2. Clinching the win for the Gators in the match's only battle of ranked opponents was 15th-ranked Embree, who earned a 6-2, 6-2 decision over No. 78 Guarachi on court one.
The remaining three contests were called off once Florida claimed its fourth point. The Gators won all the first sets in each of those matches and had leads in the second frames.
Alabama hits the courts next on Sunday, March 21 when it steps out of conference play to host Tulane at 1:00 p.m. (CST).
1. No. 6 Boonstra/Will (UF) def. No. 47 Guarachi/McLane (UA) 9-7
2. No. 34 Embree/Revzina (UF) def. Bigos/Tunaru (UA) 8-1
3. Emery/Foehse (UA) vs. Hitimana/Mather (UF) 7-6, unf.
Order of Finish: 2,1
1. No. 15 Lauren Embree (UF) def. No. 78 Alexa Guarachi (UA) 6-2, 6-2
2. No. 11 Allie Will (UF) def. Courtney McLane (UA) 6-0, 6-1
3. No. 62 Marrit Boonstra (UF) vs. Meritt Emery (UA) 6-2, 5-0, unf.
4. No. 105 Anastasia Revzina (UF) def. Paulina Bigos (UA) 6-1, 6-0
5. No. 116 Caroline Hitimana (UF) vs. Antonia Foehse (UA) 6-1, 4-1, unf.
6. Claire Bartlett (UF) vs. Alice Tunaru (UA) 6-1, 4-2, unf.
Order of Finish: 4,2,1*