Wednesday March 28, 2012Women's Tennis Holds at No. 2 in Latest Rankings, Will No. 1 in Singles and Doubles
The University of Florida of Florida women’s tennis team held onto the No. 2 ranking for a fourth consecutive week, while junior All-American Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) sits atop the national singles rankings for a fourth straight listing period and appeared at the top of the doubles rankings with sophomore Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) for the first time this year.
Will is one of six Gators who earned a national singles ranking, which is updated every other week, with junior All-American Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) at No. 11, senior Joanna Mather (Duluth, Ga.) at No. 19, Oyen at No. 42, sophomore Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) at No. 64 and junior Caroline Hitimana (Waterloo, Belgium) at No. 123.
Oyen and Will, who earned the No. 1 doubles ranking three times last year, are 12-0 in dual match doubles action this season, as is the Gator pair of Embree and Mather, who are ranked No. 13 in the latest chart. Cercone and Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) are ranked No. 57.
Will, who on Sunday became the 22nd Gator to win 100 career singles matches, is the first Gator since Jessica Lehnhoff (1999-2002) to earn the No. 1 ranking for singles and doubles during her career. Lehnhoff was ranked No. 1 in singles on April 17, 24 and May 1, 2002, while claiming the No. 1 doubles ranking in the 2000-01 final chart after winning the 2001 NCAA Doubles Championships with Whitney Laiho. Will and Nicole Arendt (1988-91) are the only two Gators in program history who were ranked No. 1 on both courts during the same season, as Arendt sat atop both disciplines on March 12, 1991.
Florida (13-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) returns to action on Fri., March 30, when the team plays at Auburn (8-7, 3-3 SEC) beginning at 1 p.m. ET. The Gators then battle SEC Western Division leader and No. 13-ranked Alabama (12-2, 6-0 SEC) on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.