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Florida Heads to Seattle for ITA National Indoors Stage

Florida Heads to Seattle for ITA National Indoors Stage


Florida Tennis will travel to Seattle after a tough matchup in Michigan against the Wolverines. The contest against Stanford marks the first round of ITA National Indoors.Β 

SEATLLE, WA. – The Gators will be traveling to Seattle, Washington to compete in the ITA Indoor Nationals this weekend. Florida punched their ticket into the bracket after hosting and defeating FIU 4-2 and San Diego 4-3 during ITA Kickoff Weekend.

Florida is set to face Stanford in the first round of the weekend. Stanford currently sits at the No. 2 spot and has one player ranked in the top 15 for singles: No.12 Connie Ma. Overall Stanford is 5-0 going undefeated with wins over San Diego (5-2), Texas A&M (4-3), UC Davis (7-0), Colorado (4-1), and Maryland (4-0) in their last time out.

Having both defeated San Diego, this first round should be nothing short of action-packed. Stanford took down San Diego 5-2, snagging the doubles point and nearly sweeping in singles. In the Gators appearance versus San Diego, Florida earned the doubles point but got off to aΒ  relatovely slow start in singles allowing San Diego to take a 3-1 lead. Alicia Dudeney, Rachel Gailis, and Carly Briggs brought the win home for the Gators, with the determining match landing in the hands of Briggs after Gailis and Dudeney closedΒ in on the scoring gap. Briggs came out on top winning 7-6, 6-1 after falling 7-6 in the first set.

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LAST TIME OUT

The Gators will enter this match 4-1, falling to Michigan after a 4-1 loss on Feb. 6. The Gators have notched wins against following wins against Baylor (6-1), FIU (4-2), No.20 San Diego (4-3), and Florida State (4-2).

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WEEKEND COVERAGE

Full coverage of this weekend can be found through the following links:

Event Page: Here

Cracked Racquets Coverage: Here

Nordstrom Cameras: Here

Seattle Tennis Club Cameras: Here

Photo Gallery: Here

HEAD COACH ROLAND THORNQVIST SAYS

UF Head CoachΒ Roland ThornqvistΒ on this week’s contest:

“It’s always great for us to see the best teams in the country this early to better prepare for the grind of the SEC and subsequent postseason. We have a steep history with Stanford and I look forward to competing with Lele and Frank on the national stage once more.”

ITA RANKINGS

Florida finds itself ranked No. 8 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Three Gators are ranked in singles competition: Emily De Oliveria at No. 44 ,Β Carly BriggsΒ at No. 67, andΒ Rachel GailisΒ sitting at No. 70.

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