UF WTN: Briggs, Zein Qualify for ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Final

The Florida duo overcame teammates Dudeney and Berlin in the semi-final match.

LAKE NONA, Fla. – Florida’s upperclassman doubles duo of Carly Briggs and Marlee Zein secured a spot in Monday’s ITA Southeast Regional doubles championship following an impressive performance on Sunday morning.

Briggs and Zein were firing on all cylinders in Sunday’s semi-final, starting their match with fellow Gators Alicia Dudeney and Sydney Berlin with a 6-2 opening frame. Maintaining the momentum, the duo claimed the match following a 6-3 second set, solidifying their spot in the championship match.

The Florida doubles squad will matchup with North Florida’s No. 33-ranked doubles pair, Catherine Gulihur and Ana Paula Melilo, on Monday.

Junior Emma Shelton battled with Georgia’s Anna Hertel in the singles quarterfinal, fighting back to tie the match 1-1 after dropping the first set, 1-6. Shelton turned the tables in set two, winning 6-1, before falling in the third frame, 1-6.

MAIN DRAW DAY THREE DOUBLES
Briggs/Zein def. Dudeney/Berlin: 6-2, 6-3

MAIN DRAW DAY THREE SINGLES
Anna Hertel (Georgia) def. No. 84 Emma Shelton: 6-1, 1-6, 6-1

MAIN DRAW DAY TWO SINGLES
No. 80 Evgeniya Levashova def. No. 41 Carly Briggs: 6-1, 6-2
Marie Mattel def. Alicia Dudeney: 7-6(5), 6-1
No. 84 Emma Shelton def. No. 65 Ava Hrastar (Georgia Tech): 6-3, 6-3

MAIN DRAW DAY TWO DOUBLES
Briggs/Zein def. Khodan/Tahan (Miami): 8-4
Dudeney/Berlin def. Mattel/Sharma (Central Florida): 8-5

MAIN DRAW DOUBLES DAY TWO CONSOLATION
Sharabura/Lee (Georgia Tech) def. Shelton/Spee: 8-2

MAIN DRAW DAY ONE SINGLES
No. 41 Carly Briggs def. Monika Dedaj (Georgia Tech): 6-3, 6-3
Sydney Berlin def. Audrey Boch-Collins (Miami): 7-6(4), 6-4
Alicia Dudeney def. Selene Kentish (Bethune Cookman): 6-0, 6-1
Bente Spee def. Amber McGinnis (Florida Atlantic): 6-1, 6-2
No. 64 Marlee Zein def. Fanny Nornin (Florida Gulf Coast): 6-1, 6-4
No. 84 Emma Shelton def. Noa Cohen (Stetson): 6-1, 6-3
Mell Reasco (Georgia) def. Bente Spee: 7-5, 6-3
Catherine Guliher (North Florida) def. No. 64 Marlee Zein: 6-3, 6-4
No. 66 Morgan Coppoc (Georgia) def. Sydney Berlin: 6-3, 6-3
No. 41 Carly Briggs def. Vic Allen (Florida State): 6-1, 6-7(1), 6-0
No. 84 Emma Shelton def. Isabel Oliveira (North Florida): 7-5, 6-2
Alicia Dudeney def. No. 94 Gia Cohen (Georgia Tech): 6-2, 6-0

MAIN DRAW DAY ONE DOUBLES
Briggs/Zein def. Tillitt/Courville (Mercer): 8-2
Dudeney/Berlin def. Cohen/Garcia Gross (Georgia Tech): 8-4
Umarova/Kabbaj (Florida International) def. Shelton/Spee: 8-2

QUOTABLES
Head Coach Roland Thornqvist
On Sunday’s doubles performance…
“It was great to watch our two teams put together a great show for a chance to play in the finals tomorrow. Big credit to Carly and Marlee who continue to play at a high level, even against teammates. We’re looking forward to playing on the last day.”

NOTEABLES
– Monday will mark Briggs’ second appearance in a doubles final this year after finishing second at the Kitty Harrison Invitational.
– Briggs and Zein are now 3-0 as a doubles pair, with all three victories coming at the ITA Southeast Regionals.
– Briggs’ fall doubles record improves to 6-1 while Zein moves to 3-3.

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