UF women's tennis ranked No. 2; men No. 9


Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 4:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 4:59 p.m.

Last year's NCAA runner-up, the UF women's tennis team was given the No. 2 ranking in Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Preseason Poll, announced on Wednesday. The Florida men's tennis team is ranked No. 9 in the ITA preseason poll.

For the women, seven individual rankings that also were released include the No. 1 doubles ranking of Gator freshman Sofie Oyen and sophomore Allie Will.




Will is also ranked No. 7 on the singles chart that features five Gators, followed by freshman Olivia Janowicz at No. 22, freshman Alex Cercone at No. 28, junior Joanna Mather at No. 30 and Oyen at No. 96. Mather and sophomore Caroline Hitimana rank No. 56 on the doubles list.

Sophomore Lauren Embree, who played the No. 1 singles position for the Gators last year and was the 2010 ITA National Rookie of the Year and the 2010 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, did not compete during the 2010 fall season because of an injury and could not earn an individual ranking in January. She is, however, expected to return to the court for the 2011 spring season.

After an individual tournament, the Gator women turn their focus to the dual-match season, which begins against UCF on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m., at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex, where admission to all regular-season matches is free.

The UF men's team had three singles players and two doubles pairs nationally ranked. Senior Alexandre Lacroix is ranked No. 4 in singles, joined by Sekou Bangoura Jr. (No. 28) and Bob van Overbeek (No. 52).

Junior Nassim Slilam and Lacriox form the No. 11-ranked doubles pairing, while Bangoura and sophomore Billy Federhofer are ranked 54th.

The Gator men will kick off the spring at the SEC Indoor Championships, an individual event, before opening the team season in Gainesville on Jan. 21 against Furman.

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