UF Roundup: Gators tennis efficient in win over Bama

Special to The Sun
Friday, March 31, 2017 9:29 PM

Top-ranked Florida posted a focused and efficient 4-0 win over Alabama on a warm Friday evening at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.

The Gators (17-1, 7-1 SEC) were playing their first home women's match since March 19 and they showed why they enjoy playing in front of their home fans, putting on an impressive display on the singles courts where they clinched the decision over Alabama (7-12, 1-8) with three wins in 66 minutes. After capturing the doubles point for the 15th time in 17 matches, Florida went to work on the singles court, where Belinda Woolcock, Anna Danilina and Kourtney Keegan each logged straight-set wins.

"I thought we were great today," UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. "The parity in this league is tremendous and perhaps in a few of these matches we've had, we relied on our talent and talent alone. We talked today about the motion, passion, determination and helping each other from court to court ... when we had leads to try and extend them, not relax. I thought we were excellent today and that's why we were able to finish three singles matches very quickly."

Florida next hosts No. 11 Auburn at noon Sunday.

Men's golf: At Franklin, Tenn., Florida's fired on all cylinders to card a 276 (-8) and sit at the top of the leaderboard following day one at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Four of the five players in UF's lineup shot a 69 (-2) in round one, with three tallying five or more birdies.

Sophomore Sam Horsfield shot a clean front nine, carding two birdies and no bogeys, while freshman Andy Zhang finished off his round with a three-birdie, bogey-free back nine.

Vanderbilt's Theo Humphrey tops the individual leaderboard after shooting a 66 (-5) on day one.

Women's golf: At Sunset, S.C., Maria Torres and Taylor Tomlinson paced Florida in the first round of the Clemson Invitational. Both Gators finished the day in a tie for seventh place at one-under (71). UF ended the day in third place at one-over (289).

Carlotta Ricolfi and Karolina Vlckova both sit inside the top-20 as they sit tied for 15th (even-par, 72) and tied for 18th (one-over, 73), respectively. Ricolfi is competing as an individual this weekend.

Furman's leading the tournament at three-under (285), and Furman's Alice Chen is at the top of the leaderboard at four-under (68).

Lacrosse: After wrapping up non-conference play Wednesday, Florida (8-2, 2-0) returns home to Donald R. Dizney Stadium to host Big East rival Vanderbilt (5-3, 2-0) at noon today. Florida holds a 6-2 advantage in the series, as the Gators have won its past six games against the Commodores after dropping both contests in its inaugural season (2010).

Men's tennis: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., No. 12 Florida (13-6 overall, 6-1 SEC) swept Alabama (8-13, 1-7), 4-0, late Thursday. The Gators sit in third place in the SEC, following undefeated Georgia (8-0) and Texas A&M (7-0). Florida's win over the Crimson Tide is the team's fifth consecutive. UF visits Kentucky today.




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