NCAA Womens Tennis

Dominant Performance Pushes Gators Past Commodores

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gators claimed their third-straight Southeastern Conference victory on Friday evening after an impressive 6-1 victory over No. 23 Vanderbilt on a windy evening inside Linder Stadium.

Florida’s (8-3, 3-1 SEC) victory over the No. 23 Commodores (8-6, 2-3 SEC) marked the Orange & Blue’s highest-ranked win of the season.

The Gators were clinical in doubles at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex, racing out to early leads on all three courts. It would be a photo finish for who wanted to clinch to doubles point for the Orange & Blue, as Alicia Dudeney and Bente Spee pulled-away for a dominant 6-2 victory over Anna Ross and Holly Staff. Just seconds later, No. 60 Carly Briggs and Rachel Gailis took down Celia-Belle Mohr and Marcella Cruz by the same score to secure a 1-0 lead for the Gators and clinch the doubles point.
Moving to the second singles slot for the match against the Commodores, No. 47 Briggs was dominant. After opening a 3-1 lead over No. 60 Bridget Stammel, the senior didn’t look back en route to a 6-1 first set victory. Briggs quickly pulled-out to a 3-0 lead in the second before putting her opponent away, 6-2 set and match win.
On court three, Dudeney also captured a win in impressive fashion. Taking on No. 111 Staff, Dudeney, in similar fashion to Briggs, began with a 3-0 edge in the opening frame before taking a 6-2 win in the first. The Hove, United Kingdom, native gave Staff a goose egg with a 6-0 second set to give the Gators their second singles triumph and 3-0 match lead.
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