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Monday August 11, 2008Former Gator Jill Craybas Falls in Olympic Tennis Debut

BEIJING, China

 

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 Switzerland 6-3, 6-2 in the first round played at the Beijing Olympic Tennis Centre.

 

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 USA in 2004 and Jill Hetherington represented Canada in 1984, 1988 and 1996.

 

 

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.

 

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