Gator tennis had a big day Sunday as both the men’s and women’s teams came out on top. The Gator women, who are ranked No. 1 in the country, got to enjoy Senior Day the right way with a 7-0 win over Mississippi St. Meanwhile, the 14th ranked men got to appreciate a 6-1 win of their own over Tennessee in Knoxville.
The women are 20-1 on the season, with their only loss coming against the Georgia Bulldogs on March 17th in Gainesville. There, the Bulldogs snapped the Gator’s 163 home winning streak with a 4-1 win. The women haven’t let that deter them however, as they are currently ranked 1st while UGA is 2nd.
Going into Sunday’s game, the men were coming off a 4-0 win over No. 26 Ole Miss Friday.
On Sunday the Gators came away with a win in every match, including all 3 doubles matches and all 6 singles matches.
There were many standout performances in Sunday’s win. Josie Kuhlman won her 28th (team-leading) singles match. Anna Danilina won her 25th match on the season. Gator Freshmen Ingrid Neel Dhad got a second-set tiebreak win against Lisa Marie Rioux of Mississippi St 6-1,7-6 (14-12).
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Kortney Keegan, Belinda Woolcock, and Spencer Liang are the three seniors for the women who were honored Sunday. Each also received a singles win on Sunday. Keegan and Woolcock also battled in doubles play. Kourtney Keegan was paired with Brooke Austin where they beat Jennifer Brown and Khrystyan Vozniak of Mississippi St 6-2. Belinda Woolcock was paired with Josie Kuhlman as they beat Mississippi St. players Maddison Harrison and Sara Lizariturry 6-2.
Gator men’s tennis is currently 14-8 on the season. The men were coming off a two game losing streak to Kentucky and UGA going into Sunday. The last stretch has been a tough one for the men, with only one of their last seven matches being at home. The 6-1 win over the Vols Sunday was a win the team needed to help them bounce back and get them prepared for their final matches on the season.
UF vs Vols
In a doubles matchup, Alfredo Perez and Johannes Ingildsen beat Tennessee’s’ Timo Stodder and Luis Valero 6-3. Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin also defeated Jack Schipanski and Scott Jones 7-6 (7-4) for the Gators. Tennessee managed to get away with one victory when Sunay Bhat and Srdjan Jakovljevic of Tennessee got the best of Chase Perez-Blanco and Joshua Wardell of Florida, winning 6-4.
In singles play, of the six matches UF came away with five wins. Their only loss was when Srdjan Jakovljevic for Tennessee beat Chase Perez-Blanco 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Up Next for Gator Tennis
The women will be headed to Lexington to face Kentucky on Friday. Meanwhile, the men will be playing host to Mississippi St. on Friday.