No. 2 Women's Tennis Team Opens Season
GAINESVILLE – The No. 2-ranked Floridawomen’s tennis team will open the season today at 5 p.m.against Stetson. The Gators have won 21 consecutive season-opening matches since a loss to Miami on Feb. 1, 1985.
Today's match is the first between UF and Stetson since the Gators earned a 9-0 victory on Feb. 10, 1981.
Florida has won 41 consecutive regular season home matches, was 15-0 at home last season and is on and has a 27-match home win streak.
Florida coach Roland Thornqvist said he’s decided on a doubles lineup, but will continue to tinker with his singles. Junior Diana Srebrovic is the team’s No. 1 singles player, freshman Megan Alexander is most likely No. 2 and the rest is up in the air until match time.
Junior Alex Liles is suffering from a stress fracture and is out several weeks, but the rest of the team will start the year healthy.
The Gators will play three matches in four days, but Thornqvist said he believes it’s a good way to start the season with this group of players.
“With some of the older players that have gone through all the practices for two, three or four years now, it’s the same thing as you prepare and get ready,’’ Thornqvist said. “With this team, I feel like the best preparation we can have is to play a match. “We’re going to get more out of playing (today), Saturday and Sunday than we would just having regular practices. Every team is a little different, but with this team, matches are the way to go.’’