SKILLMAN, NJ - Florida's Lauren Embree and Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins have been named the 2013 ITA National College Players of the Year, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced today.
The ITA College Player of the Year Awards are given to the male and female singles players who have had the most outstanding year in college tennis. The collegiate players will be honored on Saturday, July 13 in Newport, RI at a special Awards Luncheon during the Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, and immediately prior to the 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) concluded her four-year career in Gainesville with a staggering 117-16 singles record, including a 26-3 mark during the 2012-13 season, placing her 12th on Florida's all-time career wins list. Embree began her senior campaign in tremendous form, as she claimed the 2012 ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Championships singles title. From there she went on to represent Team USA at the 2012 Master'U BNP Paribas, an eight team international tournament, guiding the Americans to their third title in the last four years.
In the spring season, Embree led the Gators to their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles. Her 10-0 mark in the SEC gave her an unblemished 38-0 career singles record in conference play, which earned her SEC Player of the Year distinction for the third time in her career, making her the only player in the conference's storied history to earn the award three times. She was also named the 2013 ITA Senior Player of the Year, becoming the first female player since 2006 to win the award after being named the ITA Rookie of the Year earlier in their career. Embree also earned ITA All-America honors for singles this season, making her a five-time ITA All-American (four singles, one doubles).
Embree’s recognition marks the fifth time a Gator has been honored as the ITA National Player of the Year. Jill Craybas was honored in 1996, Lisa Raymond in 1992 and 1993 and Halle Cioffi in 1988.
Jarmere Jenkins capped a phenomenal senior year with a pair of national titles in Illinois but none more memorable than his efforts in guiding Virginia to its first NCAA Team Championship in school history.