LAKEWOOD RANCH - Early Sunday morning college tennis players took to the court to determine who is the best of the best at the 2019 Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic.

"I think it was a good tournament overall and my opponent played very well, so you win some you lose some,” said sophomore Marlee Zein

University of Florida’s  Zein had tough competition in the Women’s Singles against Marcelina Podlinska of Oklahoma University. Both women left it all on the court but there could only be one winner.

"I’m just really proud that I have an opportunity to play here," said Podlinska "I have played all my life on a clay court so this is my favorite surface.”

The clay court advantage may have helped Podlinska get the win as she defeated Zein two sets to zero. "I’m so happy that I won today it was [a] tough match because the opponent was – she was a good player,” she said.

Though she took 2nd place Zein walked off the court with her head held high. She says she will take what she learned in this tournament with her into the spring season.

"All the work I’m putting in is going somewhere and all the practice we’re doing for something,” said Zein.


Final Results

Men's Singles: Main Draw Consolation Consolation Dropdown (Final)

Axel Nefve
Notre Dame, IN


Michael Heller
Durham, NC

6-3, 7-6(6)

Men's Singles: Main Draw Single Elimination w/ Consolation (Final)

Andy Andrade
Gainesville, FL


Joshua Goodger
Gainesville, FL

6-0, 7-5

Women's Singles: Main Draw Single Elimination w/ Consolation (Final)

Marcelina Podlinksa


Marlee Zein
University Of Florida

7-5, 6-1

Women's Singles: Main Draw Consolation Consolation Dropdown (Final)


Nicole Hammond
University Of Michigan


Catherine Gulihur
Oklahoma State University

6-0, 7-5




Women's Doubles: Main Draw Single Elimination (Final)

Marlee Zein / Tsveta Dimitrova
University Of Florida/University Of Florida


Chloe Kuckelman / Ellie Kuckelman
University Of Nebraska/University Of Nebraska