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After winning SEC title, Florida women prepare for tournament championship



After closing out the regular season this past weekend with a victory over South Carolina and a perfect 11-0 conference record, the Florida women's tennis team begins preparations this week for the upcoming SEC Tournament.

The Gators have gone 11-0 in SEC play for the third consecutive season, and have secured the No. 1 seed in the tournament, which begins on Thursday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center/Galtney Courts in Oxford, Miss., on hte University of Mississippi campus.

The Gators (18-1) earned one of four first-round byes and will play their quarterfinal match at 7 p.m.  against the winner of the match between No. 8-seed Tennessee and No. 9-seed Auburn. Florida swept both teams on the road this year.

Florida has been either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament 22 times in the 24-year history of the event. The two exceptions were in 2005, when the Gators entered the tournament with the No. 3 seed before winning the title, and in 2009, when the team fell in the semifinals as the No. 4 seed.

The Gators are 63-7 all-time in SEC tournament play, and have won 17 of the 24 SEC Tournament titles (1982, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’00, ’02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05 , ‘06, ‘10 & ‘11). Georgia has claimed six crowns (1983, ‘94, 2001 & ’07, ‘08, ‘09), while Ole Miss won the 999 tournament on its home court.

Listen to Florida coach Roland Thornqvist recap Saturday's win over South Carolina.  

[Last modified: Monday, April 16, 2012 1:07pm]


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