NCAA Womens Tennis

Gators Tennis Edged by Miami in Round Two of NCAA’s

Gators Tennis Edged by Miami in Round Two of NCAA's

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  – The No. 15 Gators fell 3-4 in an all-out battle to the No. 22 Miami Hurricanes in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament. Florida’s loss on Sunday afternoon concludes the team’s 2024 post-season.

The Gators opened the match with an early advantage, garnering its first doubles point from Carly Briggs and Qavia Lopez. The duo faced off against Leonie Schuknecht and Antonia Balzert on court two. Lopez’s impressive serving was on full display as they cruised to a 6-2 victory.

The second win of the day came from Rachel Gailis and Bente Spee as they took on Audrey Boch-Collins and Alexa Noel on court three. Gailis and Spee initially trailed 2-0 but quickly reset to meet Miami at 2-2. The duo’s momentum continued to surge as they eventually took a 5-3 lead before closing out at 6-4. Spee and Gailis win over Miami tallied their ninth consecutive doubles win and secure the Gators a 1-0 advantage heading into singles.

Doubles pair Alicia Dudeney and Malwina Rowinska faced No. 27 Isabella Pfennig and Xinyi Nong on court one and were ahead 6-5 before the match was called. Dudeney and Rowinska opened their match with an eager 3-0 advantage but Pfenning and Nong found a way to even it out at 3-3. The duo regained the lead once more at 5-4 before Miami responded again to tie things up at 5-5. Dudeney and Rowinska claimed one more game to settle at 6-5 before doubles was called.

No. 56 Carly Briggs opened Florida’s singles scoring column after she posted a huge win against Antonia Balzert. Briggs saw success early on in the first set, holding an immediate 3-0 lead before Balzert tallied a game at 3-1. Briggs then won the next two games to extend her lead to 5-1 and shortly after closed out the first set 6-2. In typical Briggs fashion, her energy from the first set victory carried over to set two, leaving Balzert scoreless at 6-0 in the second. Briggs win on court three increased Florida’s lead to 2-0.

No. 109 Qavia Lopez was unable to get it done in her first NCAA Second Round appearance as she dropped her match 6-2, 6-2, against Xinyi Nong. Lopez saw a tough opponent in Nong as she trailed in both sets for the duration of the match. Florida continued to lead Miami, but with a smaller margin at 2-1.

No. 8 Rachel Gailis saw fellow top-10 player No. 10 Alexa Noel on court one and found herself in a challenging spot after dropping the first set 6-2. Things started to look up for Gailis as she fought for a 3-0 lead to start the…

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