Gators continue to impress singles at Miami fall invite

CORAL GABLES, Florida. –The Gators women’s tennis program continued its strong singles play Saturday at the Miami Fall Invitational, sweeping Kentucky en route to six more singles wins.

Out of five games with the Wildcats, the Orange & Blue have dropped just one set in the afternoon. Carly Briggs, paired with Florencia Urrutia, put in a consistent 6-3, 6-3 performance to secure their victory. First-year student Rachel Gailis picked up her second victory of the weekend, beating Lidia Gonzalez with a quick 6-2, 6-1 match.

First-year student Anastasia Sysoeva was also dominant for the Gators, beating Makayla Mills: 6-4, 6-2, while Bente Spee also won a victory against Maialen Morante: 6-2, 6-0. Emilie De Oliveira found herself in a battle with Zoe Hammond, but opened up control with a 6-0 opening set. The Wildcat responded in kind, tonight the match behind a 6-2 second set, but De Oliviera kept her composure for a 6-1 third set and a match win. Elsewhere in singles, Sophie Williams also defeated Barry’s Xiyao Wang.

On the doubles competition side, two doubles teams from Florida have had victories in Coral Gables. The duo of Gailis and Spee managed to outlast Northwestern’s Justine Leong and Christina Hand 6-4, while Sysoeva and Sara Dahlstrom managed to hang on against Maria Shusharina and Jennifer Riester of Northwestern, 7-6 (4).

Action from the final day of Miami’s Fall Invitational resumes Sunday at 12 p.m. ET as the Gators are scheduled to take on Miami in singles action.

Singles day two
Carly Briggs def. Florencia Urrutia (Kentucky): 6-3, 6-3
Rachel Gailis def. Lidia Gonzalez (Kentucky): 6-2, 6-1
Anastasia Sysoeva def. Makayla Mills (Kentucky): 6-4, 6-2
Bente Spee def. Maialen Morante (Kentucky): 6-2, 6-0
Emilie De Oliveira def. Zoe Hammond (Kentucky): 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
Sophie Williams def. Xiyao Wang (Barry): 6-3

Day 2 Doubles

Briana Crowley/Sydney Pratt (Northwestern) defeated. Carly Briggs/Alicia Dudeney: 6-1
Rachel Gailis/Bente Spee def. Justine Leong / Christina Hand (North West): 6-4
Anastasia Sysoeva/Sara Dahlstrom def. Maria Shusharina/Jennifer Riester: 7-6(4)
Aino Alkio/Kiley Rabjohns (Northwestern) def. Emilie De Oliveira/Sophie Williams: 6-1

Day One Singles

Maria Shusharina (Northwest) def. No. 119 Alicia Dudeney: 6-4, 6-1
Carly Briggs def. Sydney Pratt (North West): 6-1, 6-2
Christina Hand (Northwest) defeated. Anastasia Sysoeva: 6-1, 7-5
Rachel Gailis def. Justine Leong (North West): 6-4, 7-5
Bente Spee def. Briana Crowley (North West): 6-2, 6-1
Emilie De Oliveira def. Kiley Rabjohns (North West): 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
Jennifer Riester (Northwest) def. Emma Shelton: 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Sophie Williams def. Aino Alkio (North-West): 6-1, 6-2

The first day doubles

Alexa Noel/Audrey Boch-Collins (Miami) defeated. Carly Briggs/Alicia Dudeney: 6-3
Isabella Pfennig/Mia Mack (Miami) defeated. Rachel Gailis/Bente Spee: 7-6
Maya Tahan/Tatyana Nikolenko (Miami) def. Emma Shelton/Anastasia Sysoeva: 7-6
Sara Dahlstrom/Sophie Williams def. Xiyao Wang/Daniela Farfan (Barry): 7-6

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