Gator women's tennis team puts 99-match win streak on line
Weather permitting, the No. 1 Florida women's tennis team will put its 99-match regular season home win streak on the line when it hosts No. 9 Baylor at 1 p.m. today.
Currently, the Gainesville area is under a tornado watch with clouds looming, so the match time has been moved up 90 minutes.
Ironically, today's match against Baylor originally was slated for February 5, but the Bears’ travel problems due to weather forced its
Florida is 3-0 all-time versus the Bears, with the last meeting a 4-2 decision on May 18, 2007 in the NCAA Round of 16. Today will be
the first time the two programs have squared off in Gainesville.
“Baylor poses a tremendous challenge for us,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “We really need to have our hearts and minds ready
for Wednesday. [The win streak] comes from playing tough at home and having good players and great crowds. Beating Baylor is what we’re focused on, not the win streak.”
Florida (17-1, 6-0 SEC) enters the match against Baylor (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) having won 99 consecutive regular-season home matches - not
including SEC Tournament or NCAA Championship events. The current streak is the longest of its kind in program history, passing the 71 in a row compiled from 1994-2001. The Gators last regular-season loss at Linder Stadium was on April 7, 2002, when Georgia defeated Florida, 4-3.
Florida has an overall program-record 90-match home win streak, which includes 15 wins in postseason play (SEC and NCAA Tournament). The Gators set a new standard with their 6-1 victory over Mississippi State on March 29, 2009, passing the previous record of 60. The last time the Gators lost at home was on May 15, 2004 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Miami, 4-3.