We did it. We ended the streak. We ended the longest active streak of any NCAA Division I sport, which included 164 consecutive home match wins dating back to 2004.
We were out for revenge and we had our sights set on the gators. The Georgia/Florida sports rivalry is one with deep roots, and it is no different with the women’s tennis programs. These two programs have historically battled it out for the top spot in the SEC, and yesterday was one of the biggest challenges we have had against them since my time at Georgia. A little over a month ago, we lost to the #1 Florida Gators 4-0 in the Semifinals of the National Indoors. Yesterday, we entered the match 9-3 overall with a 3-1 mark in conference play. Their record stood at 13-0 on the year, 3-0 in SEC play, and a #1 national ranking on the line. We had nothing to lose and everything to gain, but we knew it was not going to be an easy task. We knew we had to take the match from them from the first point of doubles to the last point of singles, and that is exactly what we did.
The match kicked off at 5pm with three lines of doubles, where one team must win 2 out of the 3 courts to win the doubles point. Our #3 doubles team lost a 6-3 set to a tough Florida team. This left all eyes on our other two doubles teams. We now had to win both courts for the doubles point. On the #1 doubles court, my partner Ellen and I beat the #14 ranked team in the country and defending doubles national champions, 7-5. However, this left us needing the #2 doubles court for the point, and our team was down a break. After some high level tennis, we came out on top with another 7-5 set and took a 1-0 overall match score lead heading into singles.
We have not beat the Gators since SEC regular season my freshman year, three years ago. We were out for more than beating that streak and taking a win, we wanted a beat down. After doubles, we cruised in our singles matches only taking one loss, and winning 3 courts easily at #1, #2, and #6 singles to clinch the match 4-1. The victory was so sweet! Even though there has been a lot of pride and attention after this win, we know we have to keep our concentration on the task ahead. We have seven more SEC matches to go to win a ring, and we need to win every one of them. One at a time, we will fight. One at a time, we will put up a dawg fight.