TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Florida women’s tennis team completed its second day of competition at the SEC Challenge hosted by the University of Alabama. For the second time in as many days, McCartney Kessler and Marlee Zein paired up for a victory in doubles.
UF opened the morning with a 1-1 split in doubles play. Kessler and Zein posted a convincing victory as they ousted UGA’s Anna Hertel & Meg Kowalski, 6-2. Despite getting out to a 3-2 advantage, Sara Dahlstrom and Sydney Berlin fell in a tight match to the Bulldogs’ Ariana Arseneault and Katarina Jokic, 6-4.
Florida featured the same three competitors in its singles lineup as Berlin, Dahlstrom and Zein all saw action on the second day of the season-opening event.
Zein going up against UGA’s Kowalski, a talented sophomore who reached as high as No. 52 in the ITA singles rankings last season, came up short 6-3, 6-2.
Dahlstrom, after winning her collegiate debut Friday, battled but dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Morgan Coppoc, one of the Bulldogs’ veterans. Just a season ago, Coppoc ranked within ITA’s top 100.
After an impressive come-from-behind victory yesterday, Berlin’s momentum spilled into the start of Saturday’s action. The left hander posted a