The Gators women’s tennis team is sending four representatives into enemy territory this weekend to compete in the ITA Southeast Regional Championships.
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Two Gators women’s tennis players made their fall debuts this weekend in Fort Myers, Florida, representing the Gators at the Bedford Cup.
The Gators women’s tennis team showed out on the singles court on the second day of the USTA Fall Ranked Spotlight. Florida’s four representatives — McCartney Kessler, Victoria Emma, Marlee Zein and Layne Sleeth — all picked up a win in the first round of singles competition. Sleeth’s performance was most notable, knocking off No. 8 Anna Rogers of NC State in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to claim her third consecutive victory over a ranked opponent. The freshman out of Markham, Ontario, Canada, ran into injury trouble after advancing to the main draw, though, forcing her to withdraw from her match against No. 79 Shiori Fukuda and ending her day. Zein and Kessler also both withdrew from their second-round matches after picking up wins against Alana Wolfberg and Catherine Gulihur, respectively. Emma was the only Gator active in the afternoon slate but fell to NC State’s Alana Smith in straight sets to close out the Gators’ Saturday in Lake Nona, Florida.
The final chapter of the Florida men’s tennis team’s season came to a close on Thursday night, as freshman Sam Riffice fell to Illinois junior Aleks Kovacevic in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Individual Championships.
In the midst of the sweltering midday sun, it looked as if there was hope for the Florida men’s tennis team.
The situation was very similar three weeks prior. The Florida men’s tennis team was leading against Tennessee 3-2 on a Saturday afternoon.
When it seemed like the Gators women’s tennis team might pull off yet another come-from-behind victory, Marlee Zein faltered.