Californian top tennis player

University of California’s Jana Juricova has won the Honda Sports Award as the nation’s top college women’s tennis player.

The native of Slovakia won this year’s NCAA singles title, going 36-4 in her junior season.

The other finalists were Marco’s Lauren Embree of the University of Florida, Maria Sanchez of Southern California and Stacey Tan of Stanford. The winner is determined by balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools.

Embree, 28-1, led the Lady Gators to the NCAA team championship and reached the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament but had to withdraw because of an injured toe.

As one of the Honda winners in 12 sports, Juricova is eligible for Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year honors, which will be awarded June 27 in New York.

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