NCAA Womens Tennis

Gators Secure First SEC Victory with Win Over No. 34 LSU

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida women’s tennis put an end to a two-match losing skid on Sunday afternoon, defeating No. 34 LSU in impressive fashion inside Linder Stadium at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex, 4-1.
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The Gators (6-3, 1-1 SEC) continued their strong doubles play into Sunday, finishing the opening weekend of Southeastern Conference play with a 2-0 mark. Emily De Oliveira and Sophie Williams, who clinched the doubles point against No. 2 Texas A&M, took a quick 3-0 lead over LSU’s (6-3, 0-2 SEC) Safiya Carrington and Maggie Cubitt on court three. While the Tigers were able to pick-up three games, the Orange & Blue proved too much, holding on for a 6-3 victory.
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In reverse order of Friday’s match, Carly Briggs and Rachel Gailis would play clincher in the doubles competition. Matched-up against Noor Carrington and Anastasiya Komar on court two, the Gators’ duo found themselves trailing 2-1 early in the match. After holding serve, the pair got a crucial break point to pull in-front, 3-2, and they never relinquished the lead, winning the match, 6-4.
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Holding a 1-0 lead in the team match score, the Gators came out with energy to begin singles play. On court six, Spee found herself in a back-and-forth affair with Noor Carrington. Spee was able to pull ahead late in the opening set, 5-4, but Carrington immediately tied it. That didn’t matter much to the sophomore, who stepped-up and claimed two-straight to win the first set, 7-5, before running away with the second set, 6-2.
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At the three singles position, Alicia Dudeney was met by a strong…

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