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Lauren Embree is the fourth different Gator named the ITA National Player of the Year.

Wednesday July 10, 2013Lauren Embree Named ITA National College Player of the Year

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Lauren Embree is the fourth different Gator named the ITA National Player of the Year.

Florida's Lauren Embree and Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins have been named the 2013 ITA National College Players of the Year, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced today.

 

The ITA College Player of the Year Awards are given to the male and female singles players who have had the most outstanding year in college tennis. The collegiate players will be honored on Saturday, July 13 in Newport, RI at a special Awards Luncheon during the Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, and immediately prior to the 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.

 

Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) concluded her four-year career in Gainesville with a staggering 117-16 singles record, including a 26-3 mark during the 2012-13 season, placing her 12th on Florida's all-time career wins list.  Embree began her senior campaign in tremendous form, as she claimed the 2012 ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Championships singles title. From there she went on to represent Team USA at the 2012 Master'U BNP Paribas, an eight team international tournament, guiding the Americans to their third title in the last four years. 

 

In the spring season, Embree led the Gators to their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles.  Her 10-0 mark in the SEC gave her an unblemished 38-0 career singles record in conference play, which earned her SEC Player of the Year distinction for the third time in her career, making her the only player in the conference's storied history to earn the award three times.  She was also named the 2013 ITA Senior Player of the Year, becoming the first female player since 2006 to win the award after being named the ITA Rookie of the Year earlier in their career.  Embree also earned ITA All-America honors for singles this season, making her a five-time ITA All-American (four singles, one doubles).

 

Embree’s recognition marks the fifth time a Gator has been honored as the ITA National Player of the Year. Jill Craybas was honored in 1996, Lisa Raymond in 1992 and 1993 and Halle Cioffi in 1988.

 

Jarmere Jenkins capped a phenomenal senior year with a pair of national titles in Illinois but none more memorable than his efforts in guiding Virginia to its first NCAA Team Championship in school history.

 

Past ITA National Players of the Year:

 

Men

 

 

Women

 

2013

Jarmere Jenkins, Virginia

 

2013

Lauren Embree, Florida

2012

Steve Johnson, USC

 

2012

Nicole Gibbs, Stanford

2011

Steve Johnson, USC

 

2011

Jana Juricova, California

2010

Robert Farah, USC

 

2010

Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech

2009

Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Ok. State

 

2009

Mallory Cecil, Duke

2008

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia

 

2008

Amanda McDowell, Ga. Tech

2007

Somdev Devvarman, Virginia

 

2007

Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.)

2006

Benjamin Kohlloeffel, UCLA

 

2006

Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.)

2005

Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor

 

2005

Megan Bradley, Miami (Fla.)

2004

Benedikt Dorsch, Baylor

 

2004

Amber Liu, Stanford

2003

Amer Delic, Illinois

 

2003

Amber Liu, Stanford

2002

Matias Boeker, Georgia

 

2002

Bea Bielik, Wake Forest

2001

Matias Boeker, Georgia

 

2001

Laura Granville, Stanford

2000

Alex Kim, Stanford

 

2000

Laura Granville, Stanford

1999

James Blake, Harvard

 

1999

Zuzana Lesenarova, San Diego

1998

Bob Bryan, Stanford

 

1998

Vanessa Webb, Duke

1997

Thomas Dupre, Mississippi State

 

1997

Lilia Osterloh, Stanford

1996

Cecil Mamiit, USC

 

1996

Jill Craybas, Florida

1995

Sargis Sargsian, Arizona State

 

1995

Keri Phebus, UCLA

1994

Mark Merklein, Florida

 

1994

Angela Lettiere, Georgia

1993

Chris Woodruff, Tennessee

 

1993

Lisa Raymond, Florida

1992

Alex O'Brien, Stanford

 

1992

Lisa Raymond, Florida

1991

Al Parker, Georgia

 

1991

Sandra Birch, Stanford

1990

Steve Bryan, Texas

 

1990

Debbie Graham, Stanford

1989

MaliVai Washington, Michigan

 

1989

Tami Whitlinger, Stanford

1988

Robbie Weiss, Pepperdine

 

1988

Halle Cioffi, Florida

1987

Richey Reneberg, SMU

 

1987

Patty Fendick, Stanford

1986

Rick Leach, USC

 

1986

Caroline Kuhlman, USC

1985

Mikael Pernfors, Georgia

 

1985

Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas)

1984

Paul Annacone, Tennessee

 

1984

Gretchen Rush, Trinity (Texas)

1983

Greg Holmes, Utah

 

1983

Beth Herr, USC

1982

Marcel Freeman, UCLA

 

1982

Vicki Nelson, Rollins

1981

Tim Mayotte, Stanford

 

 

 

1980

Peter Rennert, Stanford

 

 

 

                 

 

 

About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community.  The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, NJ, administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA College Tennis Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels.  The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site is www.itatennis.com.

 

 

 

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