The Siena women’s tennis team’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006 came to an end Friday as the Saints dropped a first-round match to No. 11 Florida, 4-0, at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Florida.
Siena (7-4 overall) was making its second trip to the NCAA tournament in program history. No MAAC team has ever recorded a point in NCAA tournament play.
Florida quickly gained the doubles point in the match with a pair of 6-1 wins as McCartney Kessler and Marlee Zein beat the Siena pair of Meagan Brown and Kylie Mullaney, while the Gators’ Layne Sleeth and Ida Jarlskog topped Petra Miszczak and Emma Boggiali.
In singles play, Florida’s Kessler, Jarlskog and Sydney Berlin all recorded wins in straight sets to earn Florida the necessary points to advance in the tournament.
Three singles matches and one doubles match went unfinished.
In total, Siena won 13 games during the match, including two by Brown against Kessler, the nation’s eighth-ranked singles player, and one by Brown and Mullaney against the seventh-ranked doubles pair of Kessler and Zein.
Siena was coming into the tournament after beating the top two seeds in the MAAC — Fairfield and Quinnipiac — to win the conference championship and had won five consecutive matches before running into Florida.
Singles: Kessler (F) def. Brown 6-1, 6-1; Zein (F) vs. Mullaney 6-2, 5-0, unfinished; Jarlskog (F) def. Miszczak 6-0, 6-0; Sleeth (F) vs. Viswanath 6-1, 4-1, unfinished; Dahlstrom (F) vs. Boggiali 6-1, 5-2, unfinished; Berlin (F) def. Koniaev 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Kessler/Zein (F) def. Brown/Mullaney 6-1; Sleeth/Jarlskog def. Miszczak/Boggiali 6-1; Berlin/Dahlstrom vs. Viswanath/Koniaev 5-1, unfinished.