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This is the fourth time this year the Gators are ranked No. 1.

Thursday April 25, 2013Women's Tennis Ranked No. 1 in ITA National Poll, Embree Still No. 1 Singles Player

Gainesville, Fla.

This is the fourth time this year the Gators are ranked No. 1.

Following last week’s impressive run to win its fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference Tournament championship, Florida jumped into the top spot of the women’s tennis national team rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which also featured Gator senior Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) as the No. 1-ranked singles player in the nation for a sixth consecutive ranking period.

 

During its three-match trek, Florida (22-2) defeated No. 18 Vanderbilt, No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 3 Georgia to capture the league’s postseason title en route to trading places with North Carolina atop the weekly ITA Team standings.

 

This is the fourth time this year the Gators are ranked No. 1 and the first time since January 30.

 

Embree has been the No. 1-ranked singles player since the February 26 biweekly chart, which will actually be re-administered on May 3 following the announcement of the NCAA Team, Singles and Doubles Championships fields.

 

All seven Gators earned a spot in the latest national singles rankings, with Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) checking in at No. 16, Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) at No. 53, Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) at No. 87, Caroline Hitimana (Waterloo, Belgium) at No. 120, Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) at No. 122 and Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) at No. 124.

 

Embree and Oyen jumped from No. 22 to No. 12 in the national doubles rankings thanks in part to the tandem’s 9-8 (7-2) win on Sunday against Georgia’s No. 1-ranked team of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia, which maintained its spot in the this week’s listing.

 

By winning the SEC Tournament, Florida earned the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championships field of 64. The NCAA Team Championships selections will be announced on April 30 at 5:30 p.m. ET on NCAA.com, with the names individual singles and doubles participants revealed on May 1 by 6 p.m. on the same website.

 

First round and second round matches of the team competition will be held May 10, 11 and 12 at 16 campus sites, with those locations also to be announced on April 30.

 

Women's National Team Rankings
Administered by the ITA
NCAA Division I Tennis
April 23, 2013

Rank

Avg

School

Previous

1

81.60

University of Florida

2

2

77.51

North Carolina

1

3

72.98

University of Georgia

3

4

72.38

Texas A&M University

4

5

70.32

University of Southern California

5

6

57.74

University of Michigan

6

7

57.51

California

9

8

57.19

UCLA

7

9

55.91

University of Alabama

8

10

49.44

University of Miami (Florida)

10

11

49.33

Clemson University

13

12

48.66

Stanford

12

13

46.07

University of Virginia

17

14

44.88

Duke University

11

15

44.05

Northwestern University

16

16

43.54

University of Nebraska

14

17

41.57

Texas Tech University

15

18

40.21

Vanderbilt University

18

19

37.18

Baylor University

28

20

36.76

Rice University

20

21

33.77

Auburn University

19

22

33.50

Georgia Tech

23

23

33.36

University of Notre Dame

21

24

32.07

University of Tulsa

24

25

31.95

University of Texas at Austin

26

 

 

COMPLETE TEAM RANKINGS

 

COMPLETE SINGLES RANKINGS

 

COMPLETE DOUBLES RANKINGS

 

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