The Florida Gators Women's Tennis team defeated Florida State University on February 9, 2023. (Photo by Gabriella Whisler/UAA Communications)

Gators Women’s Tennis Opens SEC Play

The No. 24 Gators women’s tennis team is set to begin their SEC play with a challenging matchup against No. 2 ranked Texas A&M. This won’t be the first time the two teams have faced off this season. They previously met during the Kick-Off Weekend tournament in January where the Aggies came out on top. However, the Gators are eager for revenge Friday at 5 p.m. ET at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.

Kick-Off Weekend Tournament Recap

During the Kick-Off Weekend Tournament earlier this season, the Gators showed off their talent by posting a solid 4-2 record. Florida displayed an impressive range of skills and abilities, from powerful serves to precise groundstrokes. The Gators teamwork and communication were on full display.

The Gators begin SEC play against a tough Texas A&M team. Two Gators took down the Aggies in their first matchup and look to do it again. Sara Dahlstrom defeated Aggies then-No. 51 Jaci Goldsmith, while Emily De Oliveira took the victory against No. 105 Jeanette Mireless.

Previous Season

Despite the tough competition, the Gators are eager to prove themselves and have a winning season. Last season, the Gators posted a 10-3 conference record. Florida was one of the last eight teams standing and put up a strong fight during the NCAA tournament last year.

SEC Play

With a strong team of talented players, the Gators will rely on their experience and tenacity to challenge second-ranked Texas A&M team. With top-ranked teams such as Texas A&M and No. 34 LSU, the conference is a challenging environment for any team to play in. The Florida women’s tennis team, ranked No. 24 in the nation, has their work cut out for them as they prepare to face off against these formidable opponents.

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