Three particular members of the Florida women’s tennis team know what it’s like to win 2 national championships. They know how it feels to claim numerous SEC regular season and tournament titles. Most importantly, they know what it takes to be great.
This season, these 3 Gator seniors are determined to make their last season one for the books.
“We’ve been there through all the stress and the very high pressure, and now we might feel a little bit of the pressure coming in but we’re an extremely close team. We’ve been through so much together,” said senior Olivia Janowicz (below).
This past weekend, the fifth-ranked Gators traveled to the state of Alabama to take on Auburn and Alabama. While they were able to top Auburn, 4-0, on Friday, they were unable to capture the second win of the weekend, falling to Alabama on Sunday, 4-3.
Despite some of the recent losses, head coach Roland Thornqvist is confident about the remainder of the season.
“I think we’re getting more physically stronger. Playing outside in the heat and humidity definitely is a positive for this team, “Thornqvist said, “We’ve got great athletes who can run and defend so when it gets warmer, playing outside on slower courts will help us.”
Olivia Janowicz, Alexandra Cercone and Sofie Oyen, who make up the Gator senior trio, are currently ranked 8th, 22nd and 38th in the nation, respectively. Their doubles matchups are all also ranked in the top 50.
“Personally, I feel like I’m playing my best tennis that I have been. It’s nice. That way I can kind of feel like I can be in a leadership position,” said senior Alexandra Cercone (below).
With 6 more matches to play in the regular season, Florida tennis has some time to prepare before heading to the SEC tournament in Columbia, Missouri in April.
No. 3 ranked Georgia, who already took down the Gators once this season, will present a challenge for the Gators in the tournament. Florida currently has 5 wins and two losses in the SEC regular season but has a chance to fight for a better result in the post-season.
Janowicz has contributed to 3-straight SEC tournament championships and hopes to see one more in her last season as a Gator.
“The things I remember the most are just the team experiences. Winning together as a collective is so much more important to me than winning just as an individual,” said Janowicz.
The Florida Gators will face Arkansas and LSU at home this weekend as they look to improve upon their current 13-4 season.