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Monday, May 8, 2017

How Florida established their dynasty

Not as dominating as Stanford, but still.

http://www.ncaa.com/history/tennis-women/d1

UF first made the NCAA final in 1988, losing to Stanford. Stanford was then in the midst of making their historic run, winning the NCAA 6 years in a low, leaving erstwhile 'rival' USC in the dust.

UF made the finals again in 1990, then in 1992 won their maiden NCAA.

From 1995, they made the finals 5 years in a row, winning twice.

1995 UT UF
1996 UF STAN
1997 STAN UF
1998 UF DUKE
1999 STAN UF

They made the finals twice more before the Embree/Will era, in 2002-3(won in 2003 defeating Stanford).

They're record finalist, 7 times, and they're not alone. Shares the record with UCLA. Stanford follows with 6. The reason why I dub those 3 teams, 'Big 3'.

Texas has had some good runs, making the finals 4 times. UGA, 3 times.

W tennis is the most predictable and boring sport there is, those Big 3 accounting for 26 NCAA championships. Of 35 lol.

Stanford/UF finals;

88 STAN won
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90 STAN won
96 UF won
97 STAN won
99 STAN won
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02 STAN won
03 UF won
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2010 STAN won
2011 UF won

Stanford leads 6-3.

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