LAKE NONA, Florida – The University of Florida’s women’s tennis program is expected to send six athletes to Lake Nona this weekend, October 10. 14-18, for the Southeastern Regional Championships of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, hosted by Central Florida.
All six Gators will compete in the main draw of the Championships, including Sydney Berlin, Carly Briggs, Alicia Dudeney, Emma Shelton, Bente Spee other Marlee Zein.
Briggs / Zein and Shelton / Spee will be part of the main draw in the doubles competition. Dudeney / Berlin will enter the doubles qualifying draw.
Overall, athletes from 18 schools in the Southeast will be looking for automatic entries for the 2021 ITA Fall Nationals in San Diego, California. The field includes student-athletes from Bethune Cookman, Central Florida, Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Miami, North Florida, South Florida and Stetson.
Thursday’s only contenders for the Gators, Dudeney and Berlin will enter the field as the seed in the doubles competition draw on Thursday, October 10. 2 to 9:45 a.m. ET. The duo will face the winner of today’s opener between Aldrich / Frediani (Georgia State) and Porter / Salinas (Florida A&M).
The Championships main draw singles and doubles matches will be broadcast on Thursday and begin on Friday, October 10. 15. No. 64 Zein is leading the way for the Gators after claiming three wins in the ITA Women’s US Championship standings a week ago, now posting a 4-4 record in singles. Also owning a ranked singles win is No. 41 Carly Briggs who enters the weekend with a 3-3 record while his teammate Sydney Berlin also holds a ranked 5-4 win in the fall.
Freshman Dudeney holds Team Gator’s best singles record entering the region, sitting at 6-1, including a ranked match win over his teammate, No.1.84 Emma Shelton. Shelton, who is 3-1 through the second week of October in singles, won the doubles title with teammate Spee in the Bedford Cup. In singles, Spee is rated 5-4.
Due to COVID-19, this is the first ITA Regional Championship for the Gators since the 2019 campaign when the current senior Mccartney kessler won the championship, managing not to lose a single set for the duration of the tournament.
9.45am – Dudeney / Berlin vs. Aldrich / Frediani (Georgia State) OR Porter / Salinas (Florida A&M)
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