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Saturday, April 20, 2024

The UF women's tennis team is set on keeping its 23-match win streak against in-state opponents alive as it takes the Linder Stadium courts at 3 this afternoon against Stetson.

Previously scheduled for Thursday, the match was moved to today. The Gators swept UCF on Saturday to open their season.

The Knights, coached by 1996 and 1998 UF national championship player Stephanie Nickitas, may have been the appropriate opener.

"(UCF is) a dangerous team with great coaching," Gators coach Roland Thornqvist said. "I don't want to take anything away from Stetson, but this was a momentum-building win."

Thornqvist isn't looking past the Hatters, either. He said his team has to maintain its physicality and not get complacent after its 7-0 win.

Marrit Boonstra, ranked No. 34, won't allow herself to become overconfident after an easy Saturday outing.

"I'm way better than last year, but we all have to keep the intensity up," the junior said.

UF is 181-32 all-time versus Sunshine State foes.

After facing the Hatters, the Gators will host the International Tennis Association's Team Indoor Regionals beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. UF will play No. 69 Oklahoma State.

Thornqvist said a win against Stetson will be pivotal entering the tournament.

ALEXANDER'S WRIST NOT AN ISSUE: Jessica Alexander easily outworked UCF's Christy Core in a 6-2, 6-1 victory Saturday.

And the right-handed sophomore did it with a bandaged serving wrist.

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"It didn't appear to cause her much discomfort," Thornqvist said. "I'm sure she'll be all right for Stetson."

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