Florida women's tennis to face Miami in NCAA quarterfinals
The Gators (27-2) will play No. 11 seed Miami (20-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Hurricanes upset No. 6 seed Northwestern 4-1 in their round of 16 match.
With Thursday's victory, the won their 20th consecutive match and reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the 24th time in the 29-year history of the event. The victory over Ole Miss was closer than the score suggests, UF coach Roland Thornqvist said.
"I thought Ole Miss played exceptionally well,'' he said. "They pushed us to the brink and I was really happy to see that we were able to come out on top.”
The Gators and Hurricanes have not played each other since Feb. 18, 2007, when Florida earned a 4-3 victory in Gainesville. Florida leads the all-time series against Miami, 33-21, with the teams tied 2-2 in NCAA meetings. The last NCAA match-up came in the 2004 NCAA second round, when the Hurricanes stunned the Gators, 4-3, in Gainesville.
“I told our team after the match in the locker room that you can’t come to this even and not expect to be pushed,'' Thornqvist said. "If you’re going to be a champion, you’re going to have to get through tight spots and play your best when nerves come into play. Sometimes it’s things other than serves, forehands and backhands that will decide a match. Today, I think that we showed that not only are we a good tennis
team and we’re young with a lot of freshmen, but we also showed a lot of grit and that’s what it’s going to take to advance.”