LAS VEGAS – Florida women’s tennis received strong performances from their doubles squads on Friday afternoon, sending two teams into the quarterfinals at the prestigious Freeman Memorial tournament in Las Vegas.
In the doubles competition, which started the tournament off on Friday, the pair of Marlee Zein and Carly Briggs, who are ranked No. 24 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, defeated Aura Fang/CoCo Zhao of UNLV, 6-2, to advance to Saturday’s round of 16. The freshman duo of Bente Spee and Alicia Dudeney, ranked No. 46, also advanced after defeating Ana Geller/Niluka Madurawe of Stanford, 7-5.
The quarterfinal round is slated to begin at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Later in the afternoon, three Gators advanced out of the round of 32 in singles competition in a loaded competition field. McCartney Kessler earned her first victory with the Orange & Blue of the season, defeating Oklahoma State’s Martina Zerulo: 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, before falling to No. 36 Savannah Broadus of Pepperdine: 6-4, 6-1.
After a strong doubles performance, No. 34 Zein earned a hard-fought victory over UNLV’s Salsa Aher: 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Matched up with UCLA’s Elysia Bolton in the next round, the senior fell: 6-4, 6-4. Zein’s doubles partner, Briggs, also opened