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Ex-UF recruit Respert plans to enter plea

A former Florida recruit accused of fondling a female student while visiting the campus likely will make a plea rather than face trial.

The Gainesville Sun reported Saturday that Jason Respert probably won't face trial for attempted sexual battery and burglary.

Instead, Respert is expected to plead to misdemeanor offenses, such as battery and trespassing, in the next few weeks, the Sun reported.

Gainesville Police arrested Respert, 18, in January for allegedly putting his hand down the pajama bottoms of a Florida student who was sleeping in her room.

Respert, of Warner Robins, Ga., was on campus for a recruiting trip.

After Respert's arrest, Florida officials declined to offer him a scholarship. But Tennessee officials have said they are still interested in signing him, depending on what happens in court.

Respert's attorney, Virgil Adams of Georgia, said his client would consider a plea.

"We are trying to finalize a resolution in the case," he said.

Women's tennis

MALIBU, Calif. _ Stanford and Georgia advanced with relatively easy semifinal victories at Pepperdine.

The Cardinal, which has been ranked No. 1 in the nation all season, beat Pac-10 rival Cal 5-0, and the No. 2 Bulldogs beat SEC rival Florida 5-2. Stanford and Georgia meet at 1.

"I'm really proud of the team, because we came out with a lot of intensity," said Stanford's second singles player, Laura Granville, who earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Amy Jensen. "We know we are the top seed and everybody is gunning for us."

Georgia had a little more difficult time than Stanford.

Georgia quickly fell behind when Whitney Laiho, ranked No. 8 in the country, upset No. 5 Aarthi Venkatesan 6-0, 7-5.

Georgia's Esther Knox, Marissa Catlin, Kelly Baskin and Lori Grey _ a Seminole High standout _ each earned singles victories.

Florida forced the doubles play with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 victory by Anne Nguyen over Julie Scaringe at No. 6 singles.

"That win was important to us for two reasons," Florida coach Andy Brandi said. "First, because it kept us in the match obviously, but also because I thought it would give us some momentum going into the doubles."

There was no such luck for the Gators. Georgia's top doubles team of Catlin and Grey, ranked second in the nation, used four service breaks to win 8-3.

Georgia also led in the other two doubles matches.

"We knew the doubles have been strong all year, so we were pretty confident," Georgia coach Jeff Wallace said.


LOS ANGELES _ The No. 24 Seminoles scored twice in the third and fourth innings to defeat Iows 4-2 and secure a rematch with No. 3 UCLA in today's regional championship game.

FSU, which lost to UCLA 6-1 early Saturday, will have to beat the Bruins twice today because they are undefeated in the double-elimination tourney.

Women's lacrosse

EWING, N.J. _ Valerie Cherill tied an NCAA Division III Final Four record with four goals and five assists as the College of New Jersey beat Salisbury 19-4 in the semifinals.

The top-seeded Lions (16-0) will seek their 10th national championship when they play Williams, an 11-9 winner over defending champ Middlebury, in today's title game.

Men's tennis

ATHENS, Ga. _ Fourth-seeded Florida reached the quarterfinals of the NCAAs for the second straight season with a 4-1 victory over Southern Cal. Florida faces fifth-seeded Duke in today's quarterfinals at 2. They met earlier this season with the Gators posting a 4-2 win.


ATLANTA _ At the Georgia Tech Invitational, Florida's Adrian Mann and Geno White earned auto-qualifiers to the national championships.

Mann had the fastest 400-meter hurdles time at 49.68. White ran a personal-best 45.30 in the 400.

FLORIDA 5, TEXAS 2 (8): Emily Marino's three-run homer capped a Gators comeback and eliminated the Longhorns from the NCAA region in Fresno, Calif. Florida, which faces either Cal or Fresno State today at 1, scored once in the seventh to force extra innings.