No. 1 Florida women’s tennis wins NCAA title with 4-1 win over Stanford

After a 4-year drought, the Florida women’s tennis team is a national champion once again.

The top-seeded Gators earned their seventh national championship in the sport and first since 2012 with a 4-1 win over No. 7 seed Stanford on Tuesday night in Athens, Ga. It’s Florida’s fourth women’s tennis title in 16 years under coach Roland Thornqvist.

Florida (28-3), ranked No. 1 in the country all season, quickly set the tones on the doubles court, where its depth and dominance has been full display all season.

Junior Anna Danilina and freshman Ingrid Neel, the No. 11 ranked tandem in the ITA rankings, took a quick 6-2 win over Stanford’s No. 39 ranked tandem Emily Arbuthnott and Taylor Davidson on the top court. Minutes later, No. 45 ranked duo Josie Kuhlman and Belinda Woolcock clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win on Court 3 against Carolina Lampl and Emma Higuchi. Florida won the doubles point 28 times in 31 matches this year.

“It’s a two-edged sword. Obviously you like to win it, but at this point, you have to play like it’s 0-0,” Thornqvist said in a mid-match interview on ESPNU. “But yeah. I like our play. I like our demeanor. We handled the moment really well, like we have all year.”

Florida held its demeanor early in singles play, with its seniors leading the way.

Kourtney Keegan starting things off by shutting out Stanford’s Higuichi for a 6-0, 6-0 win on Court 6 to give Florida a 2-0 lead. It was the first shut out performance in an NCAA women’s tennis championship match since at least 1999.

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