Women’s doubles team falls in Riviera/ITA Finals

By Adam Silverstein
October 11, 2009

The University of Florida women’s tennis doubles team of Lauren Embree and Allie Will made it to the finals of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. On Saturday at the Riviera Tennis Club, Embree and Will defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels team of Sophie Grabinski and Sanaz Marand, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

Sunday afternoon, the ladies took on the Tennessee Volunteers‘ tandem of Caitlin Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota for the title of an event considered to be the first leg of the NCAA’s version of the Grand Slam. The awe-inspiring run by the Florida Gators doubles team came to a halt, however, as Embree and Will were beat in three sets by Whoriskey and Pluskota, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

In other Gators sports news… The No. 6/6 volleyball team lost a three-set match to LSU Tigers Sunday evening in Baton Rouge, LA. LSU had three players with double-digit kills and won in straight sets, 28-26, 25-20, 25-22. “LSU played very well tonight,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “They really hit on all cylinders and I thought that their seniors played especially well for them.”

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