NCAA Womens Tennis

No. 16 Florida Fends off No. 19 Georgia Tech to Advance in NCAA Tournament

NCAA Tournament

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 16 Florida women’s tennis held off No. 19 Georgia Tech’s late charge, winning 4-1 during Saturday’s NCAA Tournament Second Round match inside Linder Stadium at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.
Florida improves to 20-4 all-time in the second round of the NCAA tournament, and advances to the Round of 16 for the second-consecutive season, and for the 17th time under Head Coach Roland Thornqvist.
Carly Briggs/Rachel Gailis opened up the match with a dominating win at No. 2 doubles, shutting out Georgia’s Tech Monika Dedaj/Kate Sharabura. The 67th-ranked duo in the nation posted their 10th dual win of the season, and their fifth win in the past six matches.
After Georgia Tech won on court three, Florida’s top doubles team of Alicia Dudeney/Bente Spee clinched the crucial opening point for the Gators, fending off the Yellow Jacket’s Kylie Bilchev/Alejandra Cruz’s late comeback attempt.
After Georgia Tech cut the lead to 4-3, Dudeney/Spee halted the run, winning their fifth game to jump back up by two games. The No. 21 doubles team in the country eventually put away the Yellow Jackets on court one 6-4, as Florida entered singles play up 1-0 after notching their 17th doubles point this spring.
Dudeney continued her momentum from doubles into her singles play on court three. The 99th-ranked singles player notched her 16th dual singles win this season, tied for the team lead, with a commanding 6-1, 6-2 victory over #102 Mahak Jain, her fifth ranked win of the dual season.
Florida added on to the lead, as 17th-ranked Sara Dahlstrom took a two-set win over #15 Carol Lee 6-2, 6-4 to put the…

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