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Florida expecting to be challenged by USF today



Tennisphoto The seventh-ranked Florida women's tennis team will get one final tuneup today before heading to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships later this week.

Florida (5-0) will host South Florida today at 3 p.m., and UF head coach Roland Thornqvist believes the Bulls will provide just the challenge the Gators need.

"Today will be a tough test, it will be a great test for us really,'' Thornqvist said. "They are by far the best team we've played so far. They have good players one through six, and it will hopefully show really where we stand as far as being a team. I think I have a pretty good idea that we are very talented, but I want to see how tough we are to beat, if that makes sense. I want to see if when the going gets tough, if we get going. I think today it's possible to find that out. We look forward to playing South Florida.''

Florida is 47-1 all time against USF, including a 26-0 record in Gainesville. The lone South Florida victory came in 1986.

But Thornqvist said USF has shown signs of consistent improvement in its program.

"It's been a little up and down, but the trend (lately) has been up,'' Thornqvist said. "This year's team, they beat Florida State this year, and that's a big tell. They are good one through six. Their No. 5 player played at No. 1 two years ago, so that tells you all you need to know. And she is very talented. So this match will be great for us because we need to be challenged. . . I think South Florida today will be provide a great challenge. I'll be curious to see how we'll respond, particularly after playing on Sunday.''

The Gators currently have a 71-match home win streak.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:38pm]


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