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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): UF Sets Record, UNF Campus Kids Day, More

March 12, 2012 10:26 AM
Florida College Tennis Weekend Wrap: UF Sets NCAA Record; UWF, FSU Results

Gator-Tennis.jpgThe University of Florida women's tennis team posted a landmark win on Friday, defeating Vanderbilt 6-1 for its 100th consecutive match win at home.

Florida's home win streak is the longest active by any NCAA Division I women's program in any sport. The Stanford women's basketball team owns the second-longest active home winning streak by a women's team with 79 straight. The Ohio State men's tennis team has won 138 consecutive home matches for the current men's record. The women Gators have not lost at home since a 4-3 decision to Miami (Fla.) on May 15, 2004 in the second round of the NCAA Championships.

The UF women improved to 9-1 on the year, also winning their 28th straight regular-season match, and improving to 174-1 all-time against SEC opponents at home.

"We've had a lot of good players here and this year's team is up there with any team we've ever had," UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist said. "I can think of many great memories here -- in 2009 when we were lean on players and in 2005 and 2006 when we had some really tough players who kept this streak going."
On Sunday the University of West Florida Top 10-ranked men's and women's teams also posted victories.

The No. 7-ranked UWF men's team won its fourth match in four days as the Argos blanked Alabama-Huntsville 9-0 to improve to 8-1 on the year and 4-0 in conference play. On the previous day the UWF men defeated North Alabama 8-1. The West Florida men will host No. 30-ranked Midwestern State on March 16.

The No. 8-ranked UWF women also blanked Alabama-Huntsville 9-0, improving to 6-3 on the season with a fifth win in a row. On the previous day the UWF women defeated No. 44-ranked North Alabama 8-1. The UWF women will host No. 35 Midwestern State on March 16.

On Saturday the No. 32-ranked Florida State University men lost 4-2 to No. 11-ranked Texas in Houston, winning the doubles point but dropping four singles matches in three three-setters. Inclement weather moved the match three hours away to indoor courts.

"I thought it was a well-fought match," said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. "Both teams played competitively. It was a tough adjustment moving to Houston to play indoors but I thought we did a good job of playing tonight."

The Florida State men returns home March 15 at 4 p.m. against No. 43 UNC-Wilmington.

The Florida State women also absorbed a loss over the weekend, falling to No. 26-ranked Clemson 5-2 in South Carolina on Saturday. Clemson won the doubles point two matches to one, then No. 3 Francesca Segarelli and No. 6 Carolina de los Santos were the lone singles winners for FSU.

The Lady Seminoles will return to Tallahassee for their next match, which is scheduled for March 17 against Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. 

University of North Florida to Host USTA Campus Kids' Day

Campus Kids Day LogoThe University of North Florida women's tennis team will host a USTA Campus Kids' Day on April 6, 2012, at 10 a.m., free and open to the public.

USTA Campus Kids Days are designed to expose current and aspiring junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis -- food and refreshments are provided, and fans are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities such as raffles, contests, racquet stenciling, autograph signings, clinics, etc., as well as taking in a college tennis match.

Campus Kids' Day is an opportunity for the relationship between junior tennis and college tennis to grow, and for players to experience college tennis. The program takes place around the United States throughout the tennis season, from top Division I programs to Division II and III programs, bringing the community together and raising excitement for the game of tennis.

For more information on the UNF event contact women's head coach Audra Cohen at audracohen@gmail.com.

Andrew Named PTR President, Succeeds Florida's Mills

At the recent PTR Symposium, Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced Jorge Andrew has been named president of its board of directors for a three-year term. Andrew, who accepted the honor from outgoing President Jean Mills of Florida, is the first Latino to serve as president of a major tennis organization in the United States.

PTR.jpgAndrew is the director of operations of the Lexington Recreation and Aging Committee in Lexington, SC. The organization has 51 courts at its two facilities, the Lexington County Tennis Complex and the new Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center. A PTR member for more than 32 years, Andrew is a master professional, clinician and tester. A USTA master trainer for the Recreational Coach Workshops and 10 and Under Tennis specialist, Andrew is chairman of the Cardio Tennis National Speakers Team.

A former Venezuelan Davis Cup player and captain, Andrew played on the ATP tour for more than 10 years, appearing in all four Grand Slams. He now serves on the USTA Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Paralympic committees. He served on the USTA Nominating Committee and was vice chairman of the Jr. Team Tennis Committee. In 2008, Andrew was named USTA/SC Lucy Garvin Volunteer of the Year, USTA Southern QuickStart Trainer of the Year, and Racquet Sports Industry Magazine's PTR Member of the Year.

"I am honored to carry on the strong tradition set for PTR by Dennis Van der Meer. PTR continues to grow as an organization and I look forward to working to further that growth for PTR and tennis," Andrew said.






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