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Florida advances in NCAA women's tennis

Winding up in Gainesville: Pitcher Sara Nevins and Big East tournament champion USF will head to Gainesville for the NCAA Regions.

AUSTIN ANTHONY | Times

Winding up in Gainesville: Pitcher Sara Nevins and Big East tournament champion USF will head to Gainesville for the NCAA Regions.

GAINESVILLE — The Florida women's tennis team swept into the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament on Sunday, beating Georgia Tech 4-0 at the Ring Tennis Complex.

Florida (24-2), the top national seed, faces No. 15 Duke (16-9) on Friday in Champaign, Ill..

Alexandra Cercone of Seminole teamed with Caroline Hitimana to win 8-2 at No. 2 doubles, helping the Gators earn the doubles point.

It was the 300th win for coach Roland Thornqvist, who is 300-33 in 12 years with the Gators.

"I have been blessed with players like this," Thornqvist told gatorzone.com. "That makes it much easier to reach that number."

Florida, USF in same softball region

Big East tournament champion USF and SEC tournament winner UF were placed in the same softball region, in Gainesville, as the 64-team field for the NCAA tournament was announced. Florida (52-7) was named the No. 2 national seed and opens its four-team, double-elimination region Friday against Hampton. USF (43-14) opens Friday against Georgia Southern. Florida State was sent to the region hosted by No. 13 seed South Alabama in Mobile. The Seminoles (41-16) face Mississippi State in their opener. The 16 region winners advance to Super Regions, with those winners going to the Women's College World Series. … In Division II, Tampa was eliminated from the South Region with a 12-6 loss to host and top region seed Valdosta State.

Lacrosse: Host and No. 5 seed UF defeated Denver 16-5 in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament. The Gators (18-2) travel to play No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday in the Elite Eight.

Baseball: FSU (41-10, 17-9 ACC), ranked ninth by Baseball America, scored four runs in the second to take a 6-0 lead on its way to a 12-3 victory at North Carolina State. … Freshman Eric Hanhold, a former East Lake High standout, allowed one run and four hits over a career-high five innings as Florida (28-25, 13-14 SEC) lost 4-1 to visiting Auburn.

Golf: The Bethune-Cookman men and women both won the Minority Collegiate Golf Championships in playoffs and the Wildcats' Andrea Orozco claimed the women's individual title at The PGA Club in Port St. Lucie. The B-CU men (6-over 294 for 883 total) beat Texas-Pan American by a stroke. The Wildcat women beat UTPA on the first playoff hole, after the teams tied at 909 total.

Track: The Florida women finished second and the men fourth at the SEC meet in Columbia, Mo. Omar Craddock and Ciarra Brewer both won the triple jump for UF and Marija Vucenovic took the women's javelin. Texas A&M won the men's championship and Arkansas took the women's title.

Florida advances in NCAA women's tennis 05/12/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:17pm]
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