Nine Gators make up the women’s tennis roster heading into the fall season, with some returning to improve on last season and others looking to establish their name in Gainesville.
Senior Carly Briggs—Calhoun, Georgia
Briggs began his career in Florida in the summer of 2021 as a transfer from Tennessee. Since becoming a Gator, she has amassed 19 singles wins and 22 doubles wins. Briggs and her doubles partner Marlee Zein ranked eighth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings heading into the spring of 2022. She was also recently recognized for her academic achievement, as one of nine eight student-athletes from Florida this season up for grabs. ITA Scholar-Athlete Awards.
Senior Emma Shelton – Gainesville, Florida
Shelton, a resident of Gainesville, transferred to UF in 2021 from South Carolina. Since arriving in Florida, Shelton is 18-13 overall in singles action, with a Freedom Memorial ranked win over No. 30 Victoria Flores. Shelton was ranked 84th in singles heading into the 2022 spring season.
Junior Sara Dahlstrom — Stockholm, Sweden
Dahlstrom has been a dominant force for the Gators since her commitment in June 2020. After a strong freshman campaign, she started the 2021-22 season with a 3-0 singles record at the UNF Invitational. In the spring, Dahlstrom had the team’s highest winning percentage with an 18-2 record, good for 90%. She was also recognized for her academics with ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Sophomore Emily De Oliveria – Bradenton, Florida
De Oliveira saw little action as a rookie in the 2021-22 season. However, with a singles win at the Kitty Harrison Invitational and two doubles wins with partner Alicia Dudeney, she is looking to build on her success. De Oliveira was yet another Gator to claim ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Sophomore Alicia Dudeney — Hove, UK
Dudney showed a lot of promise in his first season in 2021-22. In the spring, she was named a second-team All-SEC winner and a member of the SEC All-Freshman team. Dudeney and his doubles partner, Bente Spee, earned a win at the Freeman Memorials doubles tournament, becoming the first Gators to do so since 2004. Like many of his other teammates, Dudeney earned ITA Scholar honors -Athlete.
Sophomore Bente Spee — Heemstede, Netherlands
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Spee showed his dominance in his first outing of 2021 as a doubles specialist. She, along with partner Dudeney, finished the 2022 spring season ranked 53rd in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association doubles rankings. Spee also finished the spring 4-2 in singles doubles matches, and she was also a recipient of ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Freshman Rachel Gailis – Delray Beach, Florida
Gailis is the Gators’ most prolific prospect in their 2022 class. She was the No. 2 rookie in the 2022 class and was touted as the highest-ranked rookie by Dunlop RPI. Gailis was also named champion of the Clash on Clay Tournament, a national event held in Delray, Florida, and the Battle of Boca, a globally recognized tournament that features top junior tennis players.
Freshman Anastasia Sysoeva – Sarasota, Florida
Sysoeva comes to Gainesville as a member of the recruiting class of 2022. She holds a Women’s Tennis Association ranking of 968 and an International Tennis Federation junior ranking of 403. During her career, Sysoeva has recorded victories over five ranked opponents and was a runner-up in the W15 Cancun tournament, an annual competition for tennis’ top prospects.
Freshman Sophia Williams – Charleston, SC
Williams is another intriguing freshman who showed great talent before college. She was a top rookie in the class of 2022 and holds an ITF junior ranking of 300. Recently, Williams showed her abilities at the 2022 ITF Summer Circuit, where she qualified for the final.
The fall season kicks off in Texas on September 19 for the Lubbock 15K tournament.
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