Women’s Tennis Defeated by No. 13 Florida, 6-1
Baton Rouge, La. – The shorthanded LSU women’s tennis team (1-5, 0-1 SEC) fell to the No. 13 Florida Gators (8-2, 1-0 SEC) by a score of 6-1 on Friday night inside the LSU Tennis Complex.
“We made tremendous progress in our doubles performance as Florida had two top ranked teams we competed with,” co-head coach Michael Sell said. “We had another great crowd today which always brings extra energy to our matches. We put ourselves in position to win multiple courts tonight and we’re happy that Mia (Rabinowitz) continues to put herself in winning positions and for Nina (Geissler) to grab a win at the end there.”
“It’s never fun to give away two singles points and a doubles court at the beginning, but our team is ambitious and fought to compete through that. We’re a close group and believe in each other as we continue to make strides and get healthier because we know we are a top team once we get healthy. Credit to Florida for the win today as they always field a tough team. We look forward to Sunday’s match and a chance to compete again.”
LSU played with only two teams in doubles, which meant that Florida claimed the No. 3 doubles court via walkover.
A tight affair in doubles play saw Florida narrowly clinch the doubles point at the No. 2 doubles spot. The No. 12-ranked pair of Alicia Dudeney and Bente Spee narrowly edged Nina Geissler and Mia Rabinowitz in a 7-5 match that saw multiple lead changes and the Gators winning the final three games to secure the doubles point.
The Tigers only played four players in singles, so Florida’s lead was extended to 3-0 to start singles play.
No. 49 McCartney Kessler clinched the match with the first singles win of the night as she defeated Carrington by a score of 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles spot.
No. 47 Marlee Zein extended the lead to 5-0 on the night as she claimed a 6-1, 6-2 win over Taylor Bridges at the No. 2 spot.
Florida’s final point of the night came at the No. 4, where No. 106 Emma Shelton defeated Mia Rabinowitz 6-3 in the first set before coming from behind to win the second by a score of 7-5.
The Tigers’ lone point came from No. 3, where Geissler defeated doubles opponent Briggs in straight sets. Geissler edged Briggs in a tight 6-4 first set before pulling away midway in the second set to win 6-3 and get her fourth singles win of the season.
LSU concludes the weekend by hosting South Carolina at noon CT on Sunday, March 6th.
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#13 Florida 6, LSU 1
- #49 McCartney Kessler (UF) def. Safiya Carrington (LSU) 6-2, 6-3
- #47 Marlee Zein (UF) def. Taylor Bridges (LSU) 6-1, 6-2
- Nina Geissler (LSU) def. Carly Briggs (UF) 6-4, 6-3
- #106 Emma Shelton (UF) def. Mia Rabinowitz (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
- Sydney Berlin (UF) def. No player (LSU), by walkover
- Sara Dahlstrom (UF) def. No player (LSU), by walkover
- Taylor Bridges/Safiya Carrington (LSU) vs. #10 Carly Briggs/Marlee Zein (UF) 5-5, unfinished
- #12 Alicia Dudeney/Bente Spee (UF) def. Nina Geissler/Mia Rabinowitz (LSU) 7-5
- McCartney Kessler/Emma Shelton (UF) def. No player/No player (LSU), by walkover
Florida Gators 8-2 (1-0 SEC); National ranking #13
LSU 1-5 (0-1 SEC)
Order of finish: Doubles (2); Singles (1,2,4,3)