Wednesday April 18, 2012Joanna Mather Named to SEC Women's Tennis Community Service Team
The University of Florida’s Joanna Mather (Duluth, Ga.) has been named to the 2012 Southeastern Conference Women’s Tennis Community Service Team, the league office announced Wednesday.
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams in all 20 sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight athletes from the SEC who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.
The Gator senior has participated with "Miracle on Main Street" events, helping to provide Christmas gifts to more than 300 families, as well as served as a volunteer with Gator Tracks, purchasing shoes for underprivileged elementary schools around Gainesville, visited with children at a local elementary school and at Shands Hospital and has been a volunteer with Climb for Cancer, playing sports with children who currently have or know someone who has cancer.
A two-time team captain, Mather was UF’s 2012 Female Nominee for the SEC’s Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship and was the 2011 recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Region Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award.
Mather, who has won a team-leading 27 singles matches this season as well as 21 on the doubles court, has compiled 201 combined career singles and doubles victories during her career.
The third-ranked Gators (18-1) won the SEC regular-season championship for the third consecutive year and earned the top-seed in the SEC Tournament that gets underway on Thursday in Oxford, Miss. Florida received a first-round bye and plays the winner of the match between eighth-seeded Tennessee and ninth-seeded Auburn on Friday at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.