The Gators warming up prior to their match against Michigan. (via @GatorZoneTennis)
What a way to earn the 899th victory in program history!
The Florida Gators stormed back to earn the doubles point thanks to Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather, and then proceeded to sweep the singles matches in route to a 4-0 match win against the Michigan Wolverines to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Embree and Mather defeated Mimi Nguyen and Michelle Sulahian 9-7 to earn the crucial doubles point and send the Gators to singles with a 1-0 lead. They were down a break (basically, a serve) at 5-3 but came back rather quickly thanks in part to great communication between Embree and Mather.
In the two other doubles matches, the Gators earned a split. Alexandra Cercone and Caroline Hitimana defeated Kristy Dodge and Sarah Lee of Michigan by the score of 8-2 while Sofie Oyen and Allie Will lost to Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender 8-5.
More on the singles action after the jump.
The singles matches went about as smoothly as one could have expected for the second-seeded Gators. The Gators actually won the first set on all six courts. So I guess you could say that things went even smoother than expected. At least from a scoreboard perspective.
Embree cruised in her victory over Bolender 6-4, 6-1and the Gators two other points in the singles matches weren't really all that close either. Oyen defeated Lee 6-1, 6-3 and Olivia Janowicz defeated Sulahian by the same score.
The three matches that got started but didn't finish due to the Gators mathematically winning on team points were:
- Will leading Bektas 6-3, 4-3
- Mather leading Nguyen 7-5, 3-0
- Cercone leading Dodge 6-1, 5-1
Yeah, it's pretty safe to say that the Gators were in position to claim all seven points and were never in any real danger of losing the overall match.
The Gators will next play Miami (who upset North Carolina 4-2 yesterday) on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The winner of that match will advance to the semifinals.