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UMass Tennis Falls at No. 1 Florida in NCAA First Round

Release: 05/13/2017
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Courtesy: Massachusetts
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The magical finish for the UMass tennis team came to an end on Saturday afternoon as No. 1 Florida (24-3) defeated the Minutewomen 4-0 in the NCAA Tournament First Round at the Ring Tennis Complex. UMass (12-8) advanced to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history highlighting head coach Judy Dixon's final year with Minutewomen.

The trip to the tournament came with a win over VCU for the Atlantic 10 Championship title two weeks ago marking the first time since 2001 that UMass would advance to the NCAA Tournament. Dixon, who was named the 2017 A-10 Coach of the Year, finishes her UMass coaching career as the all-time winningest coach in program history with a 316-227 record in 25 years.

In Saturday's match against the top-seeded Gators, Florida took the opening doubles point for the early 1-0. UF took a 6-1 win at No. 3 play before securing the point with a 6-2 win at No. 1 play. Ana Yrazusta and Janja Kovacevic were impressive at No. 2 doubles with their match going unfinished with the No. 20 ranked duo of Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan up 5-3.

Singles play was highlighted by some early battles in the first sets at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 play. Midway through the first sets of all three matches, UMass and Florida traded points. The Gators proved too much as straight set wins at No. 4, No. 3 and No. 1 singles clinched the match for Florida.

At No. 5 singles, Laura Moreno played solidly against 88th-ranked Spencer Liang. The match saw Liang take a back-and-forth 7-5 win in the first set with the second set going unfinished at 2-1 in her favor as well.

The Minutewomen graduate three seniors from this year's squad - Brittany CollensJulia Larson and Anna Woosley. Woosley closes her career ranked 6th all-time in career singles wins (64). UMass will be led next season by two-time All-Atlantic 10 First-Team selection Yrazusta and 2017 All-Atlantic 10 First-Team honoree Ruth Crawford along with this season's A-10 Rookie of the Year Kovacevic.

For complete coverage of the UMass tennis team, follow the program on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @UMassTennis and online at www.UMassAthletics.com.  


NCAA Women's Tennis Championships – First Round
No. 1 Florida vs. UMass 
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

 
Final Score: Florida 4, UMass 0
 
Doubles (Order of Finish:  3, 1*)
No. 1 #11 Anna Danilina / Ingrid Neel, UF d. Ruth Crawford / Anna Woosley, UMassUF* 6-2
No. 2 #20 Brooke Austin / Kourtney Keegan, UF vs. Ana Yrazusta / Janja Kovacevic, UMass- UF led 5-3 - DNF
No. 3 #45 Josie Kuhlman / Belinda Woolcock, UF d. Brittany Collens / Laura Moreno, UMass 6-1
 
Singles (Order of Finish: 4, 3, 6*)
No. 1 #6 Belinda Woolcock, UF vs. Janja Kovacevic, UMass - DNF UF led 6-2, 3-2
No. 2 #23 Josie Kuhlman, UF vs. Ruth Crawford, UMass - DNF UF led 6-3, 3-2
No. 3 #31 Ingrid Neel, UF d. Ana Yrazusta, UMass 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 #44 Anna Danilina, UF d. Anna Woosley, UMass 6-3, 6-1 
No. 5 #88 Spencer Liang, UF vs. Laura Moreno, UMass - DNF 7-5, 2-1
No. 6 Peggy Porter d. Brittany Collens, UMass 6-2, 6-3*
 
Updated Records: UF 24-3; UMass 12-8
 
NOTES: NCAA seeds - UF No. 1, UMass No. 49-64 … Florida plays Miami (4-0 winners over South Florida in Saturday's first match of day) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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