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Pair of ranked opponents on deck for women’s tennis No. 16

GAINESVILLE, Florida. – The Gators women’s tennis team will return home this weekend for a pair of matchups with ranked opponents at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.

On Friday, March 25, Florida (12-4, 4-2 SEC) is scheduled to face No. 44 Ole Miss (8-6, 2-4 SEC) at 5 p.m. ET while No. 54 Mississippi State comes to Gainesville on Sunday, March 27 for a game at 1 p.m. ET. Admission to both matches is free.

WEATHER BULLETIN AND PARKING

Friday and Sunday games appear to be sunny skies that will dominate the day with highs in the lower 70s. There will be no parking restrictions for both games on campus at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.

A LOOK AT THE SERIES
Friday will mark the 53rd meeting between the Gators and Rebels, with Florida holding a 49-3 all-time advantage. In Gainesville, the Orange & Blue have a perfect 21-0 record. In the 2021 campaign, Florida picked up a victory over Ole Miss, 4-1, in Oxford, Miss.

The Gators were equally dominant against the Bulldogs, owning a 40-1 series lead, including an 18-1 mark in Gainesville. Last season, Florida was victorious on the road, beating the Dogs to a 4-1 win.

LAST TIME OUT

Last weekend, the Gators went a perfect 2-0 on the road in the Southeastern Conference game, beating Missouri, 6-1, and No. 36 Arkansas, 4 -3. In perhaps two of the most important matches, Marlee Zein played the decisive role on both days to help secure Florida wins. McCartney Kessler also posted a perfect 2-0 record in singles competition, now holding 97 career singles wins, needing just three more to claim 100 career wins.

CORRESPONDING TO MATCHES

Over the weekend, Florida will have the opportunity to earn their 13th and 14th wins of the season, numbers that would match and exceed the win totals of the past two full seasons, respectively. In the 2018-19 campaign, Florida finished the year 13-12 with a 7-6 tally in SEC play, while also finishing 13-8 (10-3 SEC) in the 2020-21 season. .

ITA RANKING

In the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, the Gators remained 16th in the nation while dropping to 15th in the United States Tennis Association rankings. Individually, two
The Gators find themselves ranked in particular:
McCartney Kessler – No. 22
Marlee Zein – No. 58

On the doubles side, Florida’s top two doubles teams are in the top 35 nationally:
Carly Briggs/Marlee Zein – Number 6
Alicia Dudeney/Bente Spee – No. 34

AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Florida’s schedule in the 2022 season has been no slouch, with 10 ranked opponents in their final 13 games. Holding a 6-4 mark during that streak, the Orange & Blue beat No. 36 Arkansas, No. 18/24 Florida State twice, No. 17 Old Dominion, No. 16 Tennessee and No. 16 Washington, falling only to No. 1. 7 Virginia, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 23 Georgia.

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