No. 31 Florida Comes up Just Short at No. 23 Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 31 University of Florida women’s tennis team built a 3-2 advantage, but saw the host No. 23 Kentucky Wildcats record victories on the final two courts and grab a 4-3 win Friday night at the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky.
The Gators and Wildcats, who entered the matchup tied for third place in the SEC, met for a competitive match as Florida battled its fifth-straight top 50 foe.
Florida (7-7, 4-3) got off to a strong start by securing its seventh doubles point of the season and No. 38 McCartney Kessler and No. 67 Victoria Emma each picked up singles wins, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats snapped their eight-game slide against the Gators.
The sophomore Kessler continued her strong play, registering her fourth-straight singles win.
The Gators, who entered the matchup having dropped two straight doubles points, got back on track as courts two and three picked up wins. For the sixth time in their last eight matches, Tsveta Dimitrova and Ida Jarlskog earned a victory as they finished off Tkachenko/Tiphanie, 6-2. After trailing 3-2 early, the freshmen combo of Marlee Zein and Anastasia Kharitonovanotched a 6-4 win to secure 1-0 edge for Florida. Emma/Kessler saw their match go unfinished vs. No. 14 Mikulskyte/Parazinskaite.
After Kentucky evened the