Lauren Embree named SEC Player of the Year; six Gators pick up All-SEC awards

Florida Gators junior women’s tennis player Lauren Embree and six of her teammates were recognized and honored by the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday.

Embree picked up her second SEC Player of the Year award after earning the honor first as a freshman in 2010. Sporting an 18-2 singles record (10-0 SEC) and 20-0 doubles record (11-0 SEC), she is just the second player in school history to win the award twice in her career (Jill Craybas 1995-96). Florida has owned the award over the last three years with Allie Will winning it as a sophomore in 2011.

The Gators also placed four players on the All-SEC First Team including Embree, Will, sophomore Sofie Oyen and senior Joanna Mather (Embree’s doubles partner and a top-three singles performer on the team). Sophomore Alex Cercone and junior Caroline Hitimana rounded out the awards with spots on the All-SEC Second Team.

Florida captured their third-straight SEC regular season crown on April 14 and third-straight SEC Tournament title on April 22. The Gators head into the 2012 NCAA Tournament (May 11-22) on a 16-match winning streak as they look to defend their 2011 national championship.

Photo Credit: Sean Cartell

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