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Written by Andrew Spivey, May 16, 2014, 0 Comments,
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Florida played its best match of the NCAA Championships in defeating Vanderbilt 4-0 at the McWhorter Courts at Dan Magill Tennis Complex on a chilly Thursday evening and advanced to the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive year.

The Gators, who are making their 28th all-time NCAA Quarterfinal appearance in the 33-year history of the event, came out sharp in doubles and claimed the important first point of the dual match.

Florida then took a quick 3-0 lead after senior Olivia Janowicz won her singles match 6-2, 6-0 in 72 minutes and freshman Belinda Woolcock followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory two minutes later.

The Gators did win four of the six first sets played, but Vanderbilt battled back and forced a third set on two of those, while Florida countered on the other two courts and moved into a third frame.

With the momentum swinging back and forth, it was sophomore Brianna Morgan who distanced herself in the deciding third set on court one, where she dominated the final frame against Georgina Sellyn to clinch the dual match for the Gators, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Florida (22-5) will play top-seeded, No. 1-ranked and host Georgia (24-4) in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sat., May 17 at 4 p.m. ET. The Lady Bulldogs won a 4-3 thriller against Southern California in their round of 16 match.

 

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About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

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Florida played its best match of the NCAA Championships in defeating Vanderbilt 4-0 at the McWhorter Courts at Dan Magill Tennis Complex on a chilly Thursday evening and advanced to the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive year.

The Gators, who are making their 28th all-time NCAA Quarterfinal appearance in the 33-year history of the event, came out sharp in doubles and claimed the important first point of the dual match.

Florida then took a quick 3-0 lead after senior Olivia Janowicz won her singles match 6-2, 6-0 in 72 minutes and freshman Belinda Woolcock followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory two minutes later.

The Gators did win four of the six first sets played, but Vanderbilt battled back and forced a third set on two of those, while Florida countered on the other two courts and moved into a third frame.

With the momentum swinging back and forth, it was sophomore Brianna Morgan who distanced herself in the deciding third set on court one, where she dominated the final frame against Georgina Sellyn to clinch the dual match for the Gators, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Florida (22-5) will play top-seeded, No. 1-ranked and host Georgia (24-4) in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sat., May 17 at 4 p.m. ET. The Lady Bulldogs won a 4-3 thriller against Southern California in their round of 16 match.

 

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