UF Women’s Tennis: Zein Tabbed to SEC Community Service Team
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Women’s tennis sophomore earns service recognition.
University of Florida women’s tennis sophomore Marlee Zein has been named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, the league announced Wednesday afternoon.
All league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.
The Sugar Land, Texas native spent time volunteering at a local food drive and visiting with patients at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Teaming up with Gainesville’s Catholic Charities, Zein and several other Gator student-athletes helped put together over 900 bags full of food for families in the area. Zein packed, assembled, and loaded the bags as Thanksgiving meals were delivered all over the Gainesville area. During the team’s visit to the University’s hospital, Zein met with patients and spent quality time with those in need.
On the court, Zein finished the shortened season with an 11-7 overall record that included a 5-1 mark in dual match play. During the spring season, Zein recorded two match-clinching victories. The sophomore played to a 4-1 record when competing with McCartney Kessler in doubles, appearing at the No. 1 slot in four matches.
In 2016 before joining the Gators, Zein was one of 30 players in the country named to the first-ever USTA Junior Leadership Team, which recognizes America’s finest junior tennis players who exhibit leadership, sportsmanship, and character, on and off the court.
Zein has registered a cumulative 3.6 GPA and is pursuing a major in health studies.