SEC Home-Opening Weekend Up Next for Gators Women’s Tennis

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – This weekend marks the Southeastern Conference home-opener for Florida women’s tennis, as the Gators will welcome a pair of top-25 squads in No. 23 Georgia on Friday, March 11, and No. 16 Tennessee on Sunday, March 13.

Friday’s match against Georgia is slated to begin at 5 pm ET while Sunday’s match against Tennessee will begin at 1 pm ET.

PARKING

There will be no restrictions on parking around the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex, as the University of Florida is currently on spring break.

THE WEATHER REPORT

Friday’s matchup with Georgia is calling for rainy conditions. In the event of a washout, competition will be moved indoors where attendance will be limited. Seats indoors will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Live stats and live video will not be available at the indoor facility, so all stat updates will come from GatorsWTN Twitter.

A LOOK AT THE SERIES

Florida leads both of the all-time series, holding a 49-18 series lead over No. 23 Georgia and 45-1 advantage over No. 16 Tennessee. Last season, the Gators dropped both contests, falling to Georgia, 1-4, and the Lady Vols, 2-4. At home, Florida is 19-3 against the Bulldogs and a perfect 20-0 against Tennessee.

LAST TIME OUT
In the opening weekend of SEC play, the Gators split a pair of road matches, defeating LSU 6-1 and falling to No. 8 Texas A&M, 2-5. A bright spot for the Orange & Blue, McCartney Kessler posted a perfect 2-0 mark at the top singles position during the weekend, including a 6-2, 7-5 victory over No. 27 Carson Branstine of the Aggies.

ITA RANKINGS

In the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings, the Gators dropped to No. 15 in the country while moving to No. 13 in the United States Tennis Association rankings. Individually, two Gators find themselves ranked including:
McCartney Kessler – No. 39
Marlee Zein – No. 55

On the doubles side, the top two doubles teams for Florida sit in the top-20 nationally:
Carly Briggs/Marlee Zein – No. 6
Alicia Dudeney/Bente Spee – No. 18

AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Florida’s schedule during the 2022 season has been no slouch, matching up with seven ranked opponents in their last eight matches leading into Friday’s contest with No. 23 Georgia. Holding a 4-3 mark during that stretch, the Orange & Blue defeated No. 18/24 Florida State twice, No. 17 Old Dominion and No. 16 Washington, falling only to No. 7 Virginia, No. 8 Texas A&M and No 11 Ohio State.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS

No. 23 Georgia enters Friday’s match boasting a 5-2 record, falling only to No. 6 North Carolina State and No. 7 Virginia at the ITA National Indoor Championships in February. They began the SEC season with a 7-0 victory over No. 46 Ole Miss and 6-1 win over No. 56 Mississippi State.

ABOUT THE LADY VOLUNTEERS

Similar to Georgia, No. 16 Tennessee only holds two losses on the season, currently sitting at 8-2. Both losses also came to nationally-ranked opponents, falling 0-4 to No. 11 Ohio State and 2-5 to No. 6 North Carolina State. The Lady Volunteers also opened against No. 56 Mississippi State and No. 46 Ole Miss, defeating the squads 7-0 and 5-2, respectively.

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