Woolcock falls in NCAA singles finals

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 5:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 5:39 p.m.

ATHENS, Ga. - In the end, it was the wear and tear of playing a combined 14 singles and doubles matches over an 11-day span that finally caught up Monday with Florida senior Belinda Woolcock, who dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to Michigan's Brienne Minor in the NCAA Singles Championships Finals at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Monday's final match was Woolcock's 11th consecutive day playing a singles match, overcoming rain delays, playing indoors and outside in the Georgia summer heat ... and the overwhelming emotion of winning the NCAA Team Championships on Tuesday, May 23.

Woolcock posted an astounding 11-1 record in those singles and doubles matches, with one singles and one doubles match unfinished because Florida had clinched the deciding point in the team event.

Against Minor, Woolcock admitted she had 'nothing left in the tank' and it showed early as she quickly fell behind 4-0 to start the match. She finally got on the board with a break, but couldn't hold.

Woolcock did win the next two games an inched closer at 5-3, but dropped her serve to end the first frame.

Minor held to begin the second set and jumped out to leads of 3-1 and 4-2. Woolcock held at love for 3-4, but Minor won the final two games to secure the first women's tennis title in Michigan history.

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