Florida's Allie Will is SEC Player of the Year in tennis
Florida sophomore Allie Will today was named the 2011 SEC Player of the Year. Will was among six Gators who were named to the SEC first and second teams.
Sophomore Lauren Embree and freshman Sofie Oyen joined Will on the 12-player All-SEC First Team, while junior Joanna Mather, freshman Olivia Janowicz and freshman Alex Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) were named to the All-SEC Second Team.
Will had an outstanding performance at last weekend’s SEC Tournament, where she was named the event’s Most Valuable Performer
and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team, while helping the Gators (25-1) capture the championship. She has compiled a 29-3 singles record this year, including a 20-1 dual match mark (9-0 in SEC) playing the number one and two positions in the lineup.
UF head coach Roland Thornqvist, who led the Gators to an undefeated conference season, lost out to Alabama coach Jenny Mainz for Coach of the Year honors.
Will is the eighth Florida player to be named Player of the Year. She joins: Lauren Embree (who was Player of the Year last season), Jill Craybas (1995, 1996), Alexis Gordon (2004), Jessica Lehnhoff (2002), Divya Merchant (1994) and Lisa Raymond (1993).