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UF Women’s Tennis: Kessler Brings Home SEC Athlete of the Week Honors

Senior McCartney Kessler played a pivotal role in both Florida’s top 25 wins last weekend.
Photo By: Hannah White

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY SAM STOLTE

Women’s tennis standout McCartney Kessler won all of her matches and helped push the Gators to a pair of top 25 wins

After going undefeated with two singles wins and two doubles wins, University of Florida women’s tennis senior McCartney Kessler has been named the SEC’s Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.
 
Kessler, Florida’s top singles and doubles player, went 4-0 for the week in doubles and singles combined, with two top-50 singles wins and two top-50 doubles wins. The Georgia native was a key cog in Florida’s 2-0 SEC weekend, and her strong efforts helped the Gators secure top 25 wins over No. 19 LSU and No. 22 Texas A&M.
 
On the singles side of things, No. 32 Kessler extended her winning streak to four straight contests. Kessler began the weekend with an impressive victory over Taylor Bridges of LSU, who was ranked No. 41 in the nation. It was Kessler’s third win over a ranked foe already this season. Kessler followed that up with an even more noteworthy victory on Sunday, when she clinched Florida’s 4-2 win over No. 22 Texas A&M. After dropping her opening set and trailing 4-2 in her second, the All-SEC talent Kessler came all the way back and delivered Florida’s match-sealing win, its third victory in its first four SEC tilts.
 
In doubles, No. 26 Kessler and teammate Marlee Zein collected their fourth and fifth straight wins over the weekend, helping UF secure the doubles point against LSU and the Aggies. UF’s top duo dispatched No. 14 Richardson & Geissler of LSU Friday before earning a 7-5 win over No. 39 Makarova & Goldsmith of Texas A&M Sunday. 
 
At 6-1 in dual match play, Kessler leads the Gators in victories and paces the team with a 5-2 record in doubles.
 
Kessler and the Gators return to action this weekend when they travel to No. 3 Georgia and No. 20 Tennessee.