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Tuesday May 21, 2013 Gators put up fight, Deonte Thompson impresses, Aubrey Hill hired, more tidbits

Lauren Embree

Gators senior Lauren Embree and her teammates came up short against Stanford on Monday night.

GAINEVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators women’s tennis team fought valiantly against Stanford on Monday night in one of the more intense sporting events of the 2012-13 UF athletics calendar.

“It looked so grim for us there down 3-0 and then somehow we find a way,’’ Florida coach Roland Thornqvist said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win. That’s one thing about this team, they just never give up.”

The Gators won three consecutive singles matches after falling behind 3-0, including a 6-0, 6-1 loss by No. 1-ranked Lauren Embree against Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs.

After Florida’s Brianna Morgan, Caroline Hitimana and Olivia Janowicz won to tie the match 3-all, a berth in Tuesday’s national championship match rested on a third set between Florida’s Alexandra Cercone and Stanford’s Krista Hardebeck.

Hardebeck pulled out a 6-3 win in the third set as Cercone finally ran out of gas in the final three games.

The Gators, after back-to-back national titles, finish the season 26-3. While Embree, one of the most competitive players to ever come through the program, and Hitimana are seniors, Thornqvist has a talented team returning next season for one of the country’s top programs.

To read more about last night’s match, click here for a story from the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News.

Meanwhile, here are some other links related to the Gators you might be interested in:

--Former Gators receiver Deonte Thompson is getting noticed in Baltimore writes ProFootballTalk.com.

--The NCAA Baseball Tournament is approaching and PerfectGame.org offers its latest projections with the Gators earning an at-large bid and opening in the Tallahassee Regional.

--ESPN.com takes a look at Gators sophomore running back Matt Jones, who takes over as the team’s top tailback.

--Former Gators receiver/assistant coach Aubrey Hill is the new head coach at Miami Carol City High, his alma mater. The school announced Hill’s hiring here on its football Facebook page.

--The UF women’s golf team hopes to take next step at NCAA Championships writes Richard Johnson of the Independent Florida Alligator.

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