College tennis: Lely grad Embree picked for Master'U BNP Paribas U.S. team

Florida's Lauren Embree watches her return shot to Stanford's Mallory Burdette during the finals of the NCAA Tennis Championships in Stanford, Calif.  Embree won the match 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (6) to clinch the team's NCAA championship in 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Florida's Lauren Embree watches her return shot to Stanford's Mallory Burdette during the finals of the NCAA Tennis Championships in Stanford, Calif. Embree won the match 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (6) to clinch the team's NCAA championship in 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Marco Island's Lauren Embree, a senior on the University of Florida women's tennis team, has been picked for the 2012 Master'U BNP Paribas, a five-day international collegiate team competition from Dec. 5-9 in Aix-en-Provence, France.

The seventh annual Master'U BNP Paribas features a format that combines men's and women's matches to determine a winner in a best-of-seven format. Two men's and two women's singles matches will be played, along with one men's and women's doubles match in addition to a mixed doubles match.

Eight nations, consisting of Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia and the United States, with college and university players from around the world, will be competing for the title.

Embree, a Lely High School graduate, is one of three returning players from last year's United States team that defeated France, 4-3, in the final.

The USTA announced the United States' field of players, highlighted by 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships men's singles champion Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia, and Embree, who won the 2012 ITA/Riviera Women's All-American singles title.

Joining Jenkins on the men's side will be a pair of two-time ITA All-Americans; Evan King of Michigan and Ray Sarmiento of USC. Representing the American women along with Embree will be two-time ITA All-American Jacqueline Cako of Arizona State as well as ITA All-American and ITA National Player to Watch Zoe Scandalis of USC.

Greg Patton of Boise State returns to coach the United States team and will be joined by Cal head women's tennis coach Amanda Augustus.

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