No. 30 Kentucky Falls to No. 11 Florida, Earns No. 10 Seed at SEC Tournament
April 13, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - In the regular season finale, the No. 30 University of Kentucky women's tennis team fell to No. 11 Florida, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at the Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla.
The doubles competition propelled Florida to a 1-0 lead early. Florida's No. 24-rated doubles tandem of Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock defeated UK's 62nd-rated Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi, 8-5, to give the Gators the advantage. The Gators' Alexandra Cercone and Brianna Morgan clinched the 1-0 lead with an 8-5 win at No. 3 singles over Kirsten Lewis and Emdée Morin-Kougoucheff.
Kentucky junior Kelsey Dieters scored the lone point for the Wildcats at the No. 3 singles position. Dieters, who is 13-10 on the season has won 7 matches at No. 3 for UK during Southeastern Conference competition. Dieters knocked off Florida's No. 29 Cecerone, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Florida earned a 3-1 advantage by taking singles points on courts five and one. Sutjiadi did her best to extend the match at No. 2 by forcing a decisive third set. The Gators' Olivia Janowicz secured the win for the home team behind a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win, however.
Kentucky finishes the regular season 15-10 overall and 5-8 in conference play, earning the 10th seed in the SEC Tournament set to take place on the campus of the University of Missouri. The Wildcats received a bye and will face No. 7-seed Auburn, Thursday at 9 a.m. ET at the Mizzou Tennis Complex in Columbia, Mo. In the last meeting between the two squads, Kentucky downed the Tigers, 4-0.
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No. 30 Kentucky at No. 11 Florida
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Final: Florida 4, Kentucky 1
Doubles (order of finish: 2, 3*)
1. #26 Olivia Janowicz/ Kourtney Keegan (UF) vs. #45 Caitlin McGraw/ Cece Witten (UK), 7-5 DNF
2. #24 Sofie Oyen/ Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. #62 Nadia Ravita/ Aldila Sutjiadi (UK), 8-5 [:46]
3. Alexandra Cercone/ Brianna Morgan (UF) d. Kirsten Lewis/ Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (UK), 8-5* [:58]
Singles (order of finish: 5, 1, 3, 2*)
1. #15 Brianna Morgan (UF) d. #57 Nadia Ravita (UK), 7-5, 6-1 [1:48]
2. #9 Olivia Janowicz (UF) d. Aldila Sutjiadi (UK), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1* [2:12]
3. Kelsey Dieters (UK) d. #29 Alexandra Cercone (UF), 7-6 (5), 6-1 [1:56]
4. #58 Sofie Oyen (UF) vs. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (UK), 6-4, 4-6, 4-0 DNF
5. #81 Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. Caitlin McGraw (UK), 6-3, 6-1 [1:22]
6. #55 Kourtney Keegan (UF) vs. Kirsten Lewis (UK), 6-2, 2-6, 5-4 DNF