Monday August 11, 2008Former Gator Jill Craybas Falls in Olympic Tennis Debut
Former University of
Florida standout Jill Craybas was a
late addition to the U.S. Olympic Tennis Team, which entered her in the 64-player
singles draw. The 1996 NCAA Singles Champion lost to the event's No. 13-seeded
Patty Schnyder of
Schnyder is currently ranked No. 15 in the WTA Tour rankings, while Craybas is No. 74 in the world.
Craybas is the third
different UF women's tennis player to participate in the Olympic Games. Lisa Raymond competed for the
Jill Craybas' UF Career Highlights
1996 NCAA Singles Champion (Grand Slam event) … 1996 Riviera All-America Champion (Grand Slam event) … 1995 & 1996 All-American … 1995 & 1996 SEC Player of the Year … 1996 ITA South Region Player of the Year … 1995 & 1996 First-team All-SEC … Finished 1996 regular season ranked fourth nationally … Finished 1995 regular season ranked seventh nationally … Collegiate career record of 124-18 (87.3-winning percentage) … ITA National Player of the Month (April, 1996) … Recorded the victory that clinched two NCAA team championships (1993 & 1996) … Became first women in the history of the NCAA Tennis Championships to win the national championship with two different schools … 1996 Rhode Island Amateur Athlete of the Year … 1995 Gator Bait UF Female Athlete of the Year … Has recorded seven straight top-100 singles finishes on the WTA Tour, including a career-high ranking of 39th in April 2004 … inducted into UF Athletics Hall of Fame in April of 2008.