The No. 6 Florida Gators Women’s Tennis team looks to remain undefeated in the SEC.
The team conquered the South Carolina Gamecocks this past weekend in a Top 10 matchup in Columbia. The Gators swept the Gamecocks in singles but finished the match 4-1. The team dropped just the second doubles match all season. This was the Gators third match in a row on the road, and the team only lost three sets total in these three matches.
This Thursday, the Gators return home for their final home weekend of regular season play. First, the Gators face LSU at 5 p.m. The Tigers are ranked No. 15 and are coached by former Gator tennis player, Julia Sells. During her time at the University of Florida, Sell served as team captain for the Gators from 2000-03 and played the No. 1 singles position for the 2003 National Championship Team. During her time in Gainesville, the Gators won a national championship, two SEC championships, three SEC tournament championships and finished as the NCAA runner-up and National Team Indoor runner-up. Sells brought the Tigers back into national prominence in her first three years of coaching.
Although the Gators are ranked higher, the Tigers will be fierce competition. Head Coach Roland Thorqvist says each day in the league is a tough one and the team must be prepared.
Saturday, the Gators will face Texas A&M at 1 p.m. The Aggies have a new coach this year, Mark Weaver, who has led them to the final spot in the Top 25.
Brianna Morgan, the lone senior on the Gator’s roster, will also celebrate Senior Day on Saturday April 1. With over 100 singles wins for the Gators, Coach Thornqvist says Morgan is a quiet leader, who has always been a positive asset to the team.
The Gators have a tough end to the season with their last six games featuring four Top 25 teams.