Gators preparing for tough SEC tennis tournament
VIDEO BELOW: Roland Thornqvist talks about the Gators' preparation entering the SEC Tournament
The Florida women's tennis team will open play in the SEC Tournament this week, and here's the kicker: the No. 2 Gators and defending tournament champions aren't the favorites.
Here is how UF coach Roland Thornqvist summed up the competition he expects among the tournament field: "You know it's a tough year when you're No. 2 in the country, SEC champs and third in your conference."
The Gators are ranked No. 2 nationally and on Sunday clinched a share of the SEC title - the Gators' fourth consecutive. But they are the No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament.
Because of a three-way tie for the SEC regular-season championship, a draw by league officials determined Florida would be the No. 3 seed in the 14-team event that begins Wednesday in Starkville, Miss.
Georgia (19-2, 12-1 SEC) was drawn as the No. 1 seed, while Texas A&M (20-2, 12-1) was selected as the No. 2 seed. Alabama (18-4, 10-3 SEC) finished fourth to collect the final top seed.
During the regular season, Florida defeated Georgia, which defeated Texas A&M. The Aggies are the Gators' only league loss this season.
Florida has won 18 of the 25 SEC Tournament titles, Including the past three, but played all as the No. 1 seed.
Thornqvist talks about this week's mindset going into the tournament.