UF women's tennis wins share of SEC


Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Florida earned a hard-fought 4-1 road win against No. 18 Vanderbilt at the Currey Tennis Center in Nashville and won its fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. On the final day of the regular season, the second-ranked Gators (19-2, 11-1 SEC) earned a share of the league title with third-ranked Texas A&M and fourth-ranked Georgia.


This is Florida's 27th SEC overall championship in the 34-years the league has sponsored the sport, making the Gator women's tennis team the winningest of any SEC women's team in any sport. The title also marks the fourth consecutive SEC championship, as seniors Lauren Embree and Caroline Hitimana the first four-year class to win the title every year under head coach Roland Thornqivst, who recorded his 295th victory in 12 years with the Gators, whom he has guided to a 295-33 record. Sunday's win didn't come easy for Florida, which lost the doubles point for the seventh time this season, but regrouped on the singles court to secure the victory, with Olivia Janowicz, Alexandra Cercone, Embree and Sofie Oyen garnishing wins.

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