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Alex Cercone, Lauren Embree, Olivia Janowicz, Joanna Mather and Allie Will

Tuesday May 24, 2011NCAA W-Tennis Singles and Doubles Draws Revealed for Gator 5

Stanford, CA

Alex Cercone, Lauren Embree, Olivia Janowicz, Joanna Mather and Allie Will

The five members of the University of Florida women’s tennis selected for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships learned their respective first-round opponents as the draws for both were revealed Tuesday afternoon by the NCAA Committee.

 

The 64-player singles draw and the 32-team doubles draw will be played the Taube (pronounced TOE-bee) Family Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif., on six consecutive days beginning Wed., May 25.

 

Earning a spot in the NCAA Singles Championships from Florida was freshman Alex Cercone (Seminole, Fla.), sophomore Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.), freshman Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.), junior Joanna Mather (Duluth, Ga.) and sophomore Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.), who is the No. 6 overall seed in the event that gets underway on May 25.

 

Cercone and Will received a berth into the 32-team doubles draw that begins on May 26 and culminates with the final on May 30.

 

Cercone, who has compiled a 36-10 record entering Tuesday’s NCAA Team final against Stanford, will play Virginia’s 27th-ranked Lindsey Hardenbergh in the first round. The 54th-ranked Gator rookie has won 13 consecutive singles matches.

 

Embree earned her second straight berth into the NCAA Singles Championships and enters Tuesday’s team final with a perfect 23-0 singles record this season, all coming in dual match action. The 17th-ranked Embree faces Miami’s sixth-ranked Bianca Eichkorn in the opening round on Wednesday.

 

Janowciz, who has two regular-season singles titles to her credit, has a 33-7 record and sports an 18-match winning streak. The 53rd-ranked rookie will play Arizona State’s 12th-ranked Jacqueline Cako.

 

Mather, ranked No. 42, is making her first-ever appearance in the NCAA Singles Draw and will take on Marshall’s 52nd-ranked Michaela Kissell. The Gator junior is 29-7 in singles action this year and 70-22 in her career.

 

Will, the No. 6 seed in the event and seventh-ranked player in the country, is 33-3 this season on the singles court, with an astounding 81-8 career record. The Gator sophomore, who also will be making her second straight trip to the NCAA Singles event, meets Virginia’s 60th-ranked Emily Fraser.

 

Cercone and Will, the No. 2-seed in the NCAA Doubles field, drew Virginia’s 32nd-ranked Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra in the first round.

 

The five singles selections is tied for the most  by any school in the 2011 field with Stanford, which plays host to the entire championships.

 

This is the seventh time in the 30-year history of the NCAA individual Championships when at least five Gators were selected for the singles event, with a program record-six Gators earning a bid in 1997.

 

NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles & Doubles Championships

Taube Family Tennis Center * Stanford, Calif.

Singles, May 25-30

Doubles, May 26-30

 

Singles, First Round Pairings (UF only)

No. 42 Joanna Mather, UF vs. No. Michaela Kissell, Marshall

No. 7 Allie Will, UF vs. No. 60 Emily Fraser, Virginia

No. 54 Alex Cercone, UF vs. No. 27 Lindsey Hardenbergh, Virginia

No. 17 Lauren Embree, UF vs. No. 6 Bianca Eichkorn, Miami

No. 53 Olivia Janowicz, UF vs. No. 12 Jacqueline Cako, Arizona State

 

Doubles, First Round (UF only)

No. 2 Alex Cercone/Allie Will, UF vs. No. 32 Lindsey Hardenbergh/Erin Vierra, Virginia

 

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