Women's Final breakdown: UF vs STAN
Looks like this year the women's NCAA tennis is back in order. After a year of uncertainties and doubts, two of the most storied and traditional programs in women's tennis will face each other in the final's. What can we expect???!!
I saw the wins by UF against Miami & UNC. Although both were won by a score of 4-0, there were patches where things went iffy for the gators. STAN has a great singles lineup, but I suspect their #4 & #5 are a bit weaker in general.
1-#5 Marrit Boonstra/Allie Will, UF vs #2 Hilary Barte/Lindsay Burdette, STAN
This could go either way. I am hoping for Will's intensity & Boonstra's fighting spirit to carry the gators through.
2-#29 Lauren Embree/Joanna Mather, UF vs #56 Mallory Burdette/Stacy Tan, STAN
Should be a victory for the gators.
3-Carolina Hitimana/Anastasia Revzina, UF vs Carolyn McVeigh/Veronica Li, STAN
UF has been on fire in this position. Should go to UF here.
1-#9 Lauren Embree, UF vs #4 Hilary Barte, STAN
That tiny little girl Barte is just a machine. Her balls have one pace only: Bullet fast. I am not sure if Embree will have the guts and pure physical power to overcome Barte. ADV STAN
2-#8 Allie Will, UF vs #83 Lindsay Burdette, STAN
Will's singles play wasn't pretty the last couple of rounds, but she always finds a way to fight through. She should take care of Burdette here. ADV UF
3-#65 Marrit Boonstra, UF vs #33 Mallory Burdette, STAN
Boonstra has been under-ranked all season. She's at least a top 15 if not top 10 player. Mallory, although had a solid match today, played beneath her foe against Baylor. Will be a cat fight, however, but I see Boonstra giving it all and I suspect it could come down to her. ADV UF
4-#102 Anastasia Revzina, UF vs. #86 Stacey Tan, STAN
Revzina is off and on. If she is on, she'll cruise, if she loses focus, she will fold. The same could be said about Tan, too, however. ADV STAN
5-Joanna Mather, UF vs Carolyn McVeigh, STAN
Jo is too solid at #5 and her powerful backhands and forehands will blow McVeigh's lobs and topspins off the court. ADV UF
6-#106 Caroline Hitimana, UF vs Veronica Li, STAN
Li should be playing #5 for STAN instead of #6 (sand bagging?). But, against Hitimana, she has a tough match ahead of her. Call me biased, but Carol is a crazy #6 for UF. ADV UF.
UF 5 STAN 2 (if all played out)
*** OH PLEASE GOD DON'T JINX IT! ***