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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The UF women's tennis team kicked off its season with the Gator Fall Classic tournament. Three players reached the semifinals, and Anastasia Revzina reached the finals before losing to Notre Dame's Kristy Frilling 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8).

"This was a great tournament for us to have to prepare us for practice and the rest of the fall season," coach Roland Thornqvist said.

The three returning players, Megan Alexander, Marrit Boonstra and Revzina, played strong throughout the tournament and defeated proven opponents en route to the semifinals. On day two, each played against a top-100 player.

Alexander played hard against Kelcy Teftt of Notre Dame, ranked 43rd in the nation, and won 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (10-6).

Boonstra also beat a higher-ranked opponent, Megan Broderick of Kentucky, 6-1, 6-2.

The last day of the tournament featured a Gator vs. Gator match, as Alexander fell to Revzina 6-4, 7-6 (3). In the other semifinal, Boonstra lost to Frilling 6-2, 6-3.

The finals match was a tight one, with Frilling prevailing 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8). In the last set, Boonstra committed three unforced errors in the first four points, but managed to even it up at 6-all and 8-all before losing 10-8.

"You have to tip your hat to Frilling, though, she won three matches today in this temperature," Thornqvist said.

Freshman Jo Mather got her first matches under her belt this weekend, losing all three. The last two losses went to a third set.

Alexander and Boonstra teamed up for doubles action and reached the semifinals before losing to Frilling and Teftt in the semifinals.

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