Women's tennis: Lely grad Embree, Gators win in NCAA second round

University of Florida senior Lauren Embree, a Lely High grad and Marco Island native, made her final home appearance a memorable one Sunday.

The Gators shut out Georgia Tech, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships played at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.

Florida (24-2) advances to NCAA Round of 16 and plays No. 15 Duke (16-9) on Friday at 10 a.m. in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. The Blue Devils knocked off host Texas Tech, 4-3, in their second-round match.

Embree and Caroline Hitmana were on the two doubles teams that captured wins and ultimately the doubles point to begin the match, before Embree’s 6-0, 6-0 singles victory gave Florida a 2-0 lead in the team scoring.

Embree’s win against Elizabeth Kilborn was her 20th consecutive singles victory, as well as her 38th straight in dual match competition, as she improved to 116-14 in her overall singles career, including a 14-0 record in NCAA dual matches.

“It is bittersweet to not be able to play another match here at home,” Embree said. “Our fans were great today, a lot of people showed up for our match. It was good to play in front of the fans. It is always good to play in front of them. Their support means a lot to us. We are not done yet. We are still going to go to Champaign and hopefully continue this year and see how it goes.”

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