Back surgery KOs No. 1 player

Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 1:29 a.m.


UF Gymnastics

  • WHO: No. 12 Florida at No. 20 LSU
  • WHEN: Tonight, 8 p.m.
  • WHERE: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
  • NOTES: This is the SEC opener for both teams. ... The Gators are coming off a second place finish at last week's Super Six Challenge (194.450). ... Gator sophomores Breanne King (9.85/beam) and Samantha Lutz (9.875 bars) claimed individual titles last week. ... LSU is the sixth top-20 team the Gators have competed again so far this season. ... The Tigers won the last meeting between these teams, 197.275-197.225 at the 2004 SEC Championships.

  • Florida's men's tennis team suffered a major blow Thursday when junior Janne Holmia underwent season-ending back surgery.
    "Season ending injuries are an unfortunate part of all sports," fourth-year coach Andy Jackson said. "It is a terrible thing for Janne, but Janne and the rest of our team will respond in the correct way."
    Holmia, a junior from Finland, was one of Florida's top returning players. Coincidently, Holmia was also ranked 50th in the country in singles Thursday when the ITA released its 2005 rankings.
    Florida, though, should receive plenty of help from newcomers Nestor Briceno and Greg Ouellette. The freshmen were ranked 46th and 47th, respectively, in the preseason singles rankings.
    The ITA also ranked the Gators third nationally behind No. 2 UCLA and Baylor. Florida plays in the SEC Indoor Championships this weekend in New Orleans.
  • CASEY OFFICIAL: Freshmen Tate Casey officially became a member of Florida's baseball team, the school announced Thursday.
    Casey was a tight end for Florida's football team last fall, but came to Florida also wanting to play baseball. Casey was a 19th-round selection by the Minnesota Twins in last summer's Major League draft as a right-handed pitcher.
    The 6-foot-6 Casey joins Gavin Dickey as Florida's two football/baseball players.
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