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Lauren Embree is the 11th different Gator since the 1988 season to earn the No. 1 singles ranking

Tuesday February 26, 2013Women's Tennis Holds at No. 4, Lauren Embree Vaults to No. 1 in Singles Rankings

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Lauren Embree is the 11th different Gator since the 1988 season to earn the No. 1 singles ranking

University of Florida senior Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) is the No. 1-ranked singles player in the country, according to the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released Tuesday.

 

This is the first time in her career the Gator standout has sat atop the national singles rankings, having been ranked as high as No. 4 in the Feb. 12, 2013 listing and in the Fall of 2010 chart.

 

Embree joins current Gator teammate Sofie Oyen (Belgium) as Gators who have achieved the No. 1 singles rankings.

 

The first ranking of January 2013 was the first time in her career Oyen sat atop the national singles rankings.

 

Embree is the 11th different Gator since the 1988 season to earn the No. 1 singles ranking, joining Halle Cioffe, Nicole Arendt, Lisa Raymond, Jill Craybas, Jessica Lehnhoff, Alexis Gordon, Jennifer Magley, Sofie Oyen, Diana Srebrovic and Allie Will.

 

Under the coaching of Roland Thornqvist, who is in his 12th year in 2012-13 with the Gators, Embree is the sixth different player to earn the No. 1 singles ranking, with Lehnhoff, Gordon, Magley, Oyen, Srebrovic and Will all being listed atop the national chart.

 

Oyen, a junior, checks in at No. 11 in this biweekly national ranking, while junior Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) jumped from No. 116 to No. 53 after earning wins against the nationís No. 10 and No. 57-ranked players last weekend.

 

Gator freshmen Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) are No. 76 and No. 114 respectively, while junior Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) earned the No. 109 spot in the singles rankings.

 

Embree and Oyen also team as the No. 16-ranked doubles pair in the country.

 

Florida (6-1) returns to action on Friday, March 1, when the team begins defense of its Southeastern Conference title by playing at league newcomer and 71st-ranked Missouri, before traveling to College Station, Texas, to face sixth-ranked Texas A&M on Sunday.

 

 

Women's Team Rankings 
Administered by the ITA 
NCAA Division I Tennis 
February 26, 2013

Rank

 Avg

 School

1

90.24

North Carolina

2

77.05

Duke University

3

75.73

UCLA

4

71.12

University of Florida

5

60.60

University of Alabama

6

59.63

Texas A&M University

7

58.80

University of Georgia

8

56.80

Northwestern University

9

52.22

California

10

51.55

University of Nebraska

11

50.07

University of Southern California

12

47.86

Vanderbilt University

13

47.67

University of Michigan

14

39.36

Purdue University

15

39.24

University of Miami (Florida)

16

35.13

Florida State University

17

34.63

Auburn University

18

34.52

University of Notre Dame

19

30.75

Texas Tech University

20

28.19

TCU

21

26.82

Arizona State University

22

26.33

Univ. of Memphis

23

26.12

Clemson University

24

25.37

Baylor University

25

25.23

College of William and Mary

 

 

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