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Florida Tennis Briefs: Gators Win Doubles; H.S. Workshop; Fed Cup; More

November 8, 2010 08:36 AM
UF Gators Oyen-Will Win USTA/ITA National Indoor Tennis Chps. Doubles; Krajicek Wins

The University of Florida's Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg,Belgium) and Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) became the third Gator pair to win the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships doubles title, beating Clemson's No. 3-seeded and No. 5-ranked team of Josipa Bek and Keri Wong 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 Sunday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

ITA champs
UF's Sofie Oyen and Allie Will (second and third from left), and Austin Krajicek (second from right).
"This was one of the best doubles matches I've seen in my 16 years of coaching tennis," said UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist. "Both teams played phenomenal tennis. There was great defense, tactical changes. We had set point in the first set and let it slip out of our hands. We didn't think we were being as aggressive serving as we could have been and told ourselves that if we had a chance to be in that position again, we would go for it...Sofie and Allie have come a long way since their first match together in October."

The No. 18-ranked Gator pair ends the fall season with an 11-1 record, having won their last 11 matches. The Gators' lone loss was a season-opening setback to the same Clemson duo.

Oyen and Will became the third different Gator tandem to win the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships doubles title, joining Nicole Arendt and Jillian Alexander (1991) and Dawn Buth and Stephanie Nickitas (1996).

Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.), a senior at Texas A&M University, won the Sportsmanship Award, and won the men's doubles title with partner Jeff Dadamo.

Italy Defeats U.S. to Successfully Defend Fed Cup Title

Despite the Sunday heroics of formerly benched player Melanie Oudin, Italy claimed the Fed Cup title for a second consecutive year by a final score of 3-1.

Oudin, who was benched by U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez on the opening Saturday, put the Americans on the board Sunday by upsetting Top 10 Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-1. With the tie at 2-1 in favor of the Italians, it was then up to Coco Vandeweghe to keep the U.S. alive, but the 18-year-old U.S. Fed Cup debutante was no match for the veteran play of Flavia Pennetta, who sealed the victory for the Italians 6-1, 6-2.

On the opening Saturday, Schiavone defeated Vandeweghe in straight sets, and Pennetta did likewise against American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

"Even though the score didn't reflect it, I thought Coco played better today than she did yesterday, especially on returns," Fernandez said. "She was able to make the opponent play a lot more. As long as she can build each and every day, keep working hard. I've been so impressed this week with Coco because she leaves it all out there on the practice court. Anything I've asked, she's willing to do. That's all you can ask for in a young player."

The Italians, who defeated the U.S. in last year's final 4-0 on red clay in Italy, won its third Fed Cup title in four years.

High School Tennis Coaches Workshop in Jan. 2011

USTA Florida will host a free High School Coaches Workshop on Jan. 8, 2011, in Daytona Beach, in conjunction with the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's (FACA) Winter Clinic, which runs Jan. 6-8, 2011, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.

The High School Coaches Workshop will also be open to middle school tennis coaches in Florida, and non-FACA members, and held at the Florida Tennis Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"The goal of the workshop is to present the tools to conduct effective tennis practices and get teams ready for the upcoming season," said USTA Florida Schools Coordinator Rebecca Halpern. "Additionally the goal is to build confidence for coaches to work with large groups of players on limited courts, and promote tennis as a no-cut sport."

Registration link: https://www.regonline.com/HSCoachWorkshop

A travel reimbursement of $100 per school will be given to those who register by the early deadline of Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, contact for additional details.For more information e-mail USTA Florida Schools Coordinator Rebecca Halpern at halpern@florida.usta.com.






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