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Nation's No. 1 tennis player, Lauren Embree, to play final home matches this weekend



The No. 2 Florida women's tennis team will close out its home regular season matches this weekend against Ole Miss and Mississippi State at the Ring Tennis Complex on the UF campus.

The Gators will play Ole Miss today, beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday's Senior Day match with Mississippi State is at 10 a.m.

The matches will be the final two regular season home matches for seniors Lauren Embree and Caroline Hitimana.

Embree is currently the No. 1 singles player in the nation and has won 32-straight singles matches in dual play and is 19-1 this season. For her career, Embree is 110-14 overall, including 79-5 in dual match action and a stunning 37-0 in SEC play.

At the No. 6 spot for the Gators this season, Hitimana is 6-0 in dual play and is 4-0 in conference play. This season, the Belgium native is 15-4 overall in singles and is one win away from hitting 70 in her career. Last week, Hitimana earned one win against LSU and will ride a six-match winning streak into today's match with Ole Miss.

Combined, Embree and Hitimana have gone a perfect 20-0 during the current dual season in singles and tallied nearly 180 singles wins throughout their Gator careers, losing only 34 matches over the last four years.

"Lauren and Caroline have meant a lot to us over the years," UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. "They've done a lot for us, so I hope we have a bunch of people in the stands to send them off. Hopefully, we can host a regional and give them two more matches here at home, but this Sunday morning is going to be special."

Florida enters the weekend with a 15-2 overall record and is currently 8-1 in SEC play, which is tied for the best league record with No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 3 Georgia with only four matches remaining for each team.


[Last modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:48pm]


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