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Tennessee Women Finish Second In SEC Dominated By Florida

May 3, 2011 10:00 AM
Chelsey Gullickson, University of Georgia
By Kerri Giblson, USTA Southern intern
Top-seeded Florida repeated as 2011 SEC women’s tennis champion, defeating Tennessee in a rematch of last year’s final.
Florida gave an impressive performance in the 4-0 victory in the tournament’s championship match against Tennessee on their way to the Southeastern Conference title. This is Florida’s 17th SEC Tournament title in the 24-year history of the event; it was Tennessee’s second ever appearance in the final match.
The tournament was held at Barksdale Stadium on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, April 21-24. The Gators are 5-1 when facing the tournament host team in the final, with their last victory against the host team coming in 2004 final against Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Florida ends the season with a record of 25-1 while Tennessee finishes with a record of 17-4. The Gators’ Men’s Tennis team also won their respective title on April 24, making this the third time both the men’s and women’s teams have captured the same title in the same season. With the SEC title win, the Gators are now a NCAA Tournament Automatic Qualifier for the National Championship that will take place May 19-30 in Stanford, Calif.
Coinciding with the tournament, the SEC also announced the women’s tennis first and second team All-SEC, All-Freshman team and yearly awards for 2011 after the completion of the Women’s Tournament in Knoxville on April 24. The University of Alabama took three out of the four awards with Jenny Mainz being named SEC Coach of the Year, Mary Anne Mcfarland winning Freshman of the Year and Courtney McLane awarded Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Player of the Year award went to Allie Will of the University of Florida.
The All-SEC First Team is as follows: Mary Anne Mcfarland and Alex Guarachi from the University of Alabama, Anouk Tigu from the University of Arkansas, Allie Will, Lauren Embree and Sofie Oyen from the University of Florida, Maho Kowase and Chelsey Gullickson from the University of Georgia, Kristi Boxx from Ole Miss, Anya Morgina from the University of South Carolina and Natalie Pluskota and Rosalia Alda from Tennessee.
The final spot on the second team was a four-way tie for a total of 14 members. The All-SEC Second Team is as follows: Courtney McLane from Alabama, Joanna Mather, Olivia Janowicz and Alex Cercone from the University of Florida, Lilly Kimbell, Kate Fuller and Cameron Ellis from Georgia, Connor Vogel of Ole Miss, Dijana Stojic from South Carolina, Brynn Boren, Kate Szekely and Maria Sorbello from the University of Tennessee and Alex Leatu and Chelsea Pregg from Vanderbilt. The All-Freshman team is Mary Anne Mcfarland from Alabama, Alex Cercone, Olivia Janowicz and Sofie Oyen of Florida, Maho Kowase from the University of Georgia and Brynn Boren from Tennessee.



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