College tennis | Florida women take home top prizes at Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic

Special to the HeraldNovember 11, 2013 


LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The University of Florida women ruled the day Sunday as the fourth annual Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic reached a successful conclusion.

UF senior Olivia Janowicz held off sophomore teammate Brianna Morgan 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 for the women's singles title at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club.

"It was a little awkward playing against Morgan," Janowicz said. "It was kind of like our practices, very competitive. She's very talented."

Earlier in the day, Gators Morgan and Kourtney Keegan beat Stefanie Mikesz and Anki Wind of Memphis 8-1 for the women's doubles crown.

The tournament, which raised funds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, attracted some of the top Division I tennis teams in the country, including reigning national champion Virginia. It was the lone clay court tournament on the college schedule this year, Vitale said.

On the men's side, Florida Gulf Coast junior Jordi Vives dominated Zack McCourt of Princeton 6-4, 6-1 for the singles crown.

"I hope to play the at the next level, just need to be realistic about what I can do," Vives said.

Florida's Florent Diep and Stephane Piro knocked off Minnesota's Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg to capture the men's doubles title.

It was the first time teammates Diep and Piro played together. The pair defeated Florida Gulf Coast's Tianyu Bao and Lancy Lvovsky 8-3 Friday night in the quarterfinals.

Dick Vitale gave some insight on his fundraising for the V Foundation. The foundation was formed by former N.C. State basketball coach Jim Valvano and ESPN shortly before Valvano died of cancer in 1993.

"It's all about helping people, Jimmy V will always be

remembered for the great man he was, not just the (NCAA) title he won in 1983," Vitale said.

"Over $120 millions dollars we've raised has gone to pediatric cancer research, and we are hoping to do more," he continued.

Vitale will be hosting his 2014 gala to raise more money and bring more attention to cancer research on May 16.

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