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Monday, May 27, 2024

UF women's tennis coach Roland Thornqvist was less than impressed with Florida’s play against Arkansas on Friday, but his 200th victory at UF was won with focused, consistent play Sunday against LSU.

Florida's second Southeastern Conference game resulted in another shutout, 7-0.

Thornqvist called the 200 wins “a byproduct of all the great players” he's coached at UF.

One of those great players is No. 11 freshman Allie Will who led the way in the Gators eleventh victory.

She and senior Marrit Boonstra won the clinching doubles set 8-5 to give Florida a 1-0 lead going into singles play.

In singles, Will posted her third career “double bagel” winning 6-0, 6-0.

Will credited the performance to her focus, something Thornqvist wanted to see more of in singles play after he saw his team “drift in and out” of Friday's match against Arkansas.

“I came out 100-times more focused today,” Will said. “I was focused to be there on every single point.”

After two SEC matches, the Gators' next test is ACC powerhouse, North Carolina.

UF is 2-0 against ACC teams this year having defeated then-No.6 Duke and No.13 FSU in the past two weeks.

No. 6 Florida hosts No. 2 North Carolina on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The UF men's tennis team shut out a second SEC opponent on the road.

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The Gators match against LSU started out with split sets in doubles.  The point was secured by freshman Bob Van Overbeek and senior Daniel Cash in an 8-6 win on court No. 3.

Up 1-0 and with the momentum, Florida won all six of its singles matches.

No. 7 UF returns home to face two more SEC West opponents. Florida hosts Auburn on Friday at 3 p.m. and  No. 25 Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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