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Alex Cercone (left) and Allie Will won their NCAA Round of 16 match.

Friday May 27, 2011Lauren Embree and Doubles Team March into NCAA Quarterfinals

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Alex Cercone (left) and Allie Will won their NCAA Round of 16 match.

Florida sophomore Lauren Embree Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) posted an impressive straight-set victory and advanced into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships on Friday at the Taube (pronounced TOE-bee) Family Tennis Center.


Embree made quick work of Indiana’s 63rd-ranked Leslie Hureau, posting a 6-1, 6-0, and advancing to the quarterfinal round. The 17th-ranked Gator won her 27th consecutive singles match, remaining undefeated this season and extending her singles streak to the fourth longest in program history.


Embree plays in the quarterfinal round California’s 23rd-ranked Mari Andersson, who knocked out the event’s No. 2 seed in the second round.


UF’s All-Time Singles Win Streaks

Lisa Raymond (1991-93) – 44

Shaun Stafford (1987-88) – 30

Alex Gordon (2002-04) – 29


The Gator’s second-seeded doubles team of Alex Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) and Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) stretched their win streak to 14 and with a 6-2, 6-3 victory against Arkansas’ Claudine Paulson and Anouk Tigu in the round of 16. The win streak is tied for the 10th longest in UF history.


Cercone and Will both held their respective first tips to the baseline, sandwiched between a break for a 3-0 lead. Arkansas was able to get on the board, before the next three games were held and the Gators broke to win the first set.


Cercone lost just one point on her serve to begin the second, where the Gators again jumped to a 2-0 lead. The Razorbacks then broke, but could get the set back on-serve, as UF took a 3-1 advantage before Cercone held and gave the Gators a 4-1 lead. Arkansas held, as did Will and the Gators jumped out on and captured the win on their second match point.


Will battled back and nearly pulled off a three-set win, but came up just short in a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) decision to Stanford’s 17th-ranked Nicole Gibbs in the round of 16. Will completes her sophomore singles campaign with a 35-5 singles record, including an 83-10 career mark.


Will lost her serve to go down 5-2 in the second set, but rallied and forced a tiebreaker when she won 7-5. The third set also headed into a tiebreaker, but she was unable to stage a rally and Gibbs collected the decider.



NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles & Doubles Championships

Taube Family Tennis Center * Stanford, Calif.

Friday, May 27, 2011


Singles, Round of 16 Results (UF only)

No. 18 Nicole Gibbs, Stanford d. No. 7 Allie Will, UF, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3)

No. 17 Lauren Embree, FLORIDA, d. No. 63 Leslie Hureau, INDIANA, 6-1, 6-0


Singles, Complete Round of 16 Results

No. 1 Jana Juricova (1), CALIFORNIA, d. No. 16 Venise Chan, WASHINGTON, 6-3, 6-2

No. 3 Hilary Barte (3), STANFORD, d. No. 10 Maria Mosolova, NORTHWESTERN, 6-3, 6-2

No. 17 Lauren Embree, FLORIDA, d. No. 63 Leslie Hureau, INDIANA, 6-1, 6-0

No. 18 Nicole Gibbs, STANFORD, d. No. 7 Allie Will (6), FLORIDA, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3)

No. 23 Mari Andersson, CALIFORNIA, d. No. 12 Jacqueline Cako, ARIZONA STATE, 6-3, 6-0

No. 25 Chelsey Gullickson, GEORGIA, d. No. 13 Zoe De Bruycker, NORTH CAROLINA, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2

No. 43 Stacey Tan, STANFORD, d. No. 21 Aeriel Ellis, TEXAS, 6-4, 7-6 (6)

No. 49 Nina Secerbegovic, BAYLOR, d. No. 27 Lindsey Hardenbergh, VIRGINIA, 6-2, 6-3


Doubles, First Round (UF only)

No. 2 Alex Cercone/Allie Will, UF d. No. 14 Claudine Paulson-Anouk Tigu, ARKNASAS, 6-2, 6-3


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