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Gators' Allie Will ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles this week



Florida junior All-American Allie Will retained her No. 1 national singles ranking for the fourth straight listing period - and took the top spot in the doubles rankings with UF sophomore Sofie Oyen for the first time this year- while the Gator women’s tennis team has held onto their No. 2 ranking for a fourth consecutive week.

Will is one of six Gators who earned a national singles ranking, which is updated every other week. She joins junior All-American Lauren Embree (11), senior Joanna Mather (19), Oyen (42), sophomore Alexandra Cercone 64), and junior Caroline Hitimana 123). 

Oyen and Will, who earned the No. 1 doubles ranking three times last year, are 12-0 in dual match doubles action this season, as is the Gator pair of Embree and Mather, who are ranked No. 13 in the latest chart. Cercone and Olivia Janowicz are ranked No. 57.

Will, who this past Sunday became the 22nd Gator to win 100 career singles matches, is the first Gator since Jessica Lehnhoff (1999-2002) to earn the No. 1 ranking for singles and doubles during her career. Lehnhoff was ranked No. 1 in singles on April 17, 24 and May 1, 2002, while claiming the No. 1 doubles ranking in the 2000-01 final chart after winning the 2001 NCAA Doubles Championships with Whitney Laiho.

Will and Nicole Arendt (1988-91) are the only two Gators in program history who were ranked No. 1 on both courts during the same season, as Arendt sat atop both disciplines on March 12, 1991.

Florida (13-1, 6-0 SEC) returns to action on Friday when the Gators play at Auburn (8-7, 3-3 SEC) beginning at 1 p.m. The Gators will face SEC Western Division leader and No. 13-ranked Alabama (12-2, 6-0 SEC) on Sunday at 2 p.m.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012 10:26am]


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