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UF Women's Tennis Loads Talent in Will, Embree

July 17, 2009 07:00 AM
The University of Florida women's tennis team announced another addition to what has become an impressive recruiting class in Boca Raton's Allie Will.

The No. 6 recruit in the nation according to TennisRecruiting.net, Will was a 2009 graduate of Keystone National High School. She joins Florida's Lauren Embree, an earlier committal who was rated as the No. 2-ranked recruit from the 2009 class.

UF women's tennis head coach Roland Thornqvist has also thus far corralled Caroline Hitimana of Waterloo, Belgium, and Claire Bartlett of Chattanooga, Tenn., for the incoming class.

"I can very confidently say that this is the strongest class ever put together during my eight-plus years at Florida," Thornqvist said. "Not only do we have accomplished tennis players with great skill, but more importantly, all have great character. With the continued leadership from (rising seniors) Anastasia (Revzina) and Marrit (Boonstra) and the addition of these four players, we have the making of a team that will compete heavily for the national championship."

Will won the $25K doubles event in Waterloo, Canada, in June of this year, and also reached the quarterfinals of the singles draw after playing her way through qualifying. She reached the singles main draw of the $50K event in Charlottesville, Va., in May, upsetting recent UCLA No. 1 singles player Riza Zalameda.

"She has a wealth of experience," Thornqvist said of Will. "What I really like about Allie is that she still has a lot of improvement that can be made in her game. She moves well for a tall player and has a very good serve, but can improve a lot offensively."

Embree enrolled at UF for the Summer B session that began on June 29. She ranked as high as No. 1 in the country in the USTA 14s, 16s and 18s divisions, and this year played the French Open main draw after winning the USTA wildcard event, losing in the first round to Russian Nadia Petrova.

Embree drove the World TeamTennis' New York Buzz to an upset win over the Philadelphia Freedoms when she filled in as a substitute player, partnering with Will to claim the women's doubles, then beating tour player Asia Mohammad in singles.

 

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