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  Joanna Mather
School: University of Florida
Year: graduated
Home Town: Duluth
Home State: Georgia
Home Country: United States(USA)
High School: Keystone National
Height: 5-6
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Dominant Hand: Right
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Singles Record: 0-0
Doubles Record: 0-0
CAREER NOTES: Career-high ITA singles ranking: 19 (Feb. 17, 2011)... Career-high ITA doubles ranking: 6 (with Lauren Embree, Fall 2010) … 2011 ITA Southeast Region Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award recipient (displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team’s performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis) ... 2010 NCAA All-Tournament Team, No. 2 Doubles ... competed in the 2011 NCAA Singles Championships and the 2009 NCAA Doubles Championships, advancing to the round of 16 … 2011 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor All-Tournament Team (No. 2 Doubles) … 2011 All-Southeastern Conference Second Team … 2009 First Team All-SEC … 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team … SEC Player of the Week (Feb. 23, 2011) … SEC Freshman of the Week (awarded March 18, 2009) … earned 2009, 2010 & 2011 ITA Scholar-Athlete status by posting at least a 3.5 GPA … 2010 & 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll member ... 2009 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

AS A JUNIOR (2010-11)

Awards: ITA Scholar-Athlete status by posting at least a 3.5 GPA ... Competed in the NCAA Singles Championships ... ITA Southeast Region Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award recipient ... All-SEC Second Team … ITA National Women’s Team Indoor All-Tournament Team (No. 2 Doubles) … SEC Player of the Week (Feb. 23) ... Dorothy Anderson Scholarship Award, team award presented annually to the Gator who displays best combination of academics and character on and off the court (team award) ... Neal Anderson Scholastic Award (team award)

Singles: FINAL ITA National Singles Ranking: 40 … Season-High National Singles Ranking: 19 (Feb. 17, 2011) … 30-9 overall and 15-3 in dual matches (5-1 SEC dual matches) … sported a season-high eight-match win streak during the spring … advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships where she fell to top-ranked and eventual champion Jana Juricova from California ... inspired the Gators with her gutsy comeback effort in the NCAA Team Semifinals against UCLA’s Pamela Montez, as she rallied from down a set and 5-0, fighting off two match-points to win the second set 7-5 and held serve to start the third set when play was halted and UF secured the dual match win ... her 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 comeback win against Clemson’s 114th-ranked Nelly Ciolkowski in the NCAA Round of 16 gave UF a 3-1 lead ... only Gator to win her singles and doubles matches in the NCAA Second Round victory against South Carolina, downing Dominika Kanakova, 6-2, 6-2, to give UF a 3-0 lead ... played a career-high No. 2 in the lineup and earned a 6-1, 6-0 win against Mississippi State’s Mariia Ryzhova (Feb. 27) ... lone SEC dual-match loss was a tough 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 decision to Georgia’s Alex Anghelescu in the final match of the contest … won three rounds and advanced to the semifinals of the Freeman Memorial Championships (at UNLV in January), where she upset Stanford’s 23rd-ranked Kristie Ahn, 6-3, 6-3, but lost to teammate Olivia Janowicz, 7-5, 7-5 … 13-8 versus ranked opponents … highest-ranked opponent played: 1 (California’s Jana Juricova, May 26, NCAA Singles Second Round) … highest-ranked opponent defeated: 20 (Ole Miss’ Kristi Boxx, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, Sept. 11) … 9-1 in three-setters … 5-0 in clinching matches

FALL SEASON: ITA Preseason Singles Ranking: 98 … won six of the first seven matches of the year … seven of first eight matches versus nationally-ranked opponents … won three rounds of pre-qualifying and advanced to the qualifying at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, defeating Notre Dame’s Shannon Mathews, 6-0, 6-2, before falling to Duke’s 25th-ranked Reka Zsilinska … advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships

Doubles: FINAL ITA National Doubles Ranking: 37 (with Caroline Hitimana); No. 48 (with Lauren Embree) … FINAL ITA Southeast Region Ranking: 7 (with Hitimana) ... Season-High National Doubles Ranking: 6 (with Lauren Embree, Fall 2010) … 31-8 overall and 24-3 in dual matches (7-2 in SEC dual matches) … paired with three different partners: 16-4 with Embree; 9-1 with Hitimana (seven times during the fall); 6-3 with Olivia Janowicz … lost four of first five matches of the year with Embree, before winning 15 consecutive (active streak) … active 15-match win streak with Embree is tied for eighth longest in UF history … began dual match season with Embree and played the last four regular-season matches and first three roundof NCAAs with Janowicz … 6-5 versus ranked opponents … went 3-0 with Hitimana at the NCAA Team Championships site, clinching the doubles point in all three tries ... highest-ranked opponent played: No. 8 (with Embree, UNC’s Featherston and McHale, L 8-6, Jan. 16 at Freeman Memorial in UNLV) … highest-ranked opponent defeated: 29 (Georgia Tech’s Lilley & Krupina, 8-0, Oct. 23 with Hitimana) … 12-0 in clinching doubles-point matches: 5-0 with Janowicz; 4-0 with Embree; 3-0 with Hitimana ... teamed for the first time with Hitimana in dual matches this year at the NCAA Quarterfinals and the pair provided the 8-5 clinching win against Miami’s Brittany Dubins/Danielle Mills; one day later knocked off UCLA’s Maya Johansson/Pamela Montez 8-4; and then toppled Stanford’s 74th-ranked Carolyn McVeigh and Stacey Tan in the NCAA Final ... with Janowicz earned the clinching win in the NCAA First  and Second Rounds ... provided the crucial clinching doubles-point win against Vanderbilt’s Alex Leatu and Nellyl Radeva, 8-4, in the SEC Tournament semifinal and produced the clinching 8-5 decision against Tennessee’s Millie Nichols and Jennifer Meredith in the championship, picking up a late break and serving out for the win …

FALL SEASON: ITA Preseason Doubles Ranking: 6 (with Lauren Embree) … 6-3 record during the fall … went 6-1 with Hitimana … won four matches and reached the final of the ITA Southeast Regional Championship with Hitimana, but lost to UF teammates Sofie Oyen and Alllie Will, 8-4 … won both matches at the Gator fall Classic with Hitimana … lost both matches with Embree at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, falling in the round of 32 to Arkansas’ 26th-ranked Tigu and Paulson, before losing 9-7 to Duke’s ninth-ranked Gorny and Clayton in the consolation round.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2009-10)

Awards: 2010 NCAA All-Tournament Team, No. 2 Doubles ... ITA Scholar-Athlete status by posting at least a 3.5 GPA ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ...Dorothy Anderson Scholarship Award, presented annually to the Gator who displays best combination of academics and character on and off the court (team award)

Singles:  Current ITA National Singles Ranking: none … Season-High National Singles Ranking: 86 (Preseason) … 18-6 overall reocrd, including a 10-3 dual match mark: played the No. 4 (2-0), No. 5 (6-3) and No. 6 (2-0) positions ... went 4-0 in NCAA Team action, including a thrilling two-hour-and-42-minute three-setter in the final against Carolyn McVeigh (5-7, 6-4, 6-0) that tied the score at 3-all and nearly helped the Gators win the national title ...  tallied a 6-4, 6-2 upset over Miami’s 113th-ranked Gabriela Mejia and gave UF a 3-0 lead in the NCAA Quarterfinals en route to the team win … only Gator to win both singles matches during the NCAA First & Seconds rounds, as she defeated Washington’s Samantha Smith, 6-2, 6-3 to give UF a 3-0 lead in the team score en route to advancing to the Round of 16 … during the NCAA First Round, played the No. 4 position for the second time during the 2010 season and posted her first double-bagel win of the year, downing South Carolina State’s Sarai Torres for UF’s first singles victory of the dual match … sidelined for the first two months of the Spring season due to injury and returned in early March, with first dual match action coming on March 5 vs. Arkansas’ Fernanda Perrotta (def. 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8) … 3-0 vs. ranked opponents, with highest-ranked opponent defeated N.C. State’s 70th-ranked Lenka Hojckova, 6-1, 6-1 (Nov. 6) … 1-0 in clinching matches …

FALL SEASON: 8-3 record during the fall, playing in SEC Coaches Fall Classic-B Draw (2-1), the Gator Fall Classic (2-1), the Riveria All-American Pre-Qualifier (0-1) and the Kitty Harrison Invitational (4-0), where she defeated two ranked opponents (N.C. State’s 70th-ranked Lenka Hojckova, 6-1, 6-1’ North Carolina’s 91st-ranked Shinann Featherston, 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8))

Doubles:  Current ITA National Doubles Ranking: 29 (Lauren Embree) … Season-High National Doubles Ranking: 23 (April 20 with Embree) … 29-5 overall and 20-2 in dual matches, playing with Embree (10-1, all at No. 2), Caroline Hitimana (9-1, 2-0 at No. 2; 7-1 at No. 3) and Claire Bartlett (1-0 at No. 3) … played throughout the NCAA Team Tournament at the No. 2 spot with Embree … 10-1 with Embree, all at the No. 2 position, with the lone loss a 9-7 decision to Ole Miss’ Connor Vogel and Gabby Rangel in the NCAA Round of 16; last win was an impressive 8-1 victory against Stanford’s No. 56 Mallory Burdette/Stacey Tan in the NCAA Final … captured the 8-3 win against Miami’s #36 Anna Bartenstein/Bianca Eichkorn in the initial win of the NCAA Quarterfinals ... needed just 38 minutes to record an 8-1 win with Embree in the NCAA First Round ... 5-1 vs. ranked teams, with best two wins coming with Embree, defeating Tennessee’s Alda and Zubor twice, once when No. 22 (8-4) and against when No. 24 in SEC Tournament final (8-3) … 9-0 in clinching doubles point matches (2-0 with Embree; 7-0 with Hitimana), with the most recent an 8-4 victory with Embree against UNC’s No. 31 Katrina Tsang/Shinann Featherston in the NCAA Semifinals ...

FALL SEASON: compiled a 9-3 pre-dual match record, pairing with Claire Bartlett (6-1), Marrit Boonstra (2-2) and Jessica Alexander (1-0) … competed in the SEC coaches Fall Classic (2-1), Gator Fall Classic (2-1) and Kitty Harrison Invite (3-0)

AS A FRESHMAN (2008-09)

Awards: Competed in the NCAA Doubles Championships, advancing to the round of 16 …First Team All-SEC … SEC All-Freshman Team … earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status by posting at least a 3.5 GPA … SEC Freshman of the Week (awarded March 18) … SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll … won the SEC Fall Coaches Classic Singles Gold Flight … Rheau Stakeley Sportsmanship Award (team award) … Neal Anderson Scholastic Award (team award) … Co-Evelyn Pucket Most Improved Player (team award)

2009 SPRING

Singles:  Final National Ranking: 117; Final ITA South Region Ranking: 28; Season-High National Ranking: 117 (Final) … her 23 total wins tied for the second most on the team, as did her 19 dual match victories … played the first six dual matches at the No. 4 position, before settling into the No. 3 spot for the rest of the year … highest-ranked opponent defeated during the year was Georgia’s No. 51 Nadja Gilchrist, 7-6 (4), 6-2, that helped swing the momentum in the Gators’ 4-3 team victory … less than 48 hours after emotional win over Gilchrist, provided the clinching victory in UF’s 4-3 decision over Tennessee, downing Samantha Orlin 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1 … those wins helped spark a season-high 10-match win streak … 3-1 record in clinching matches, with the last one coming against Florida State, when she provided a victory over Lauren Macfarlane, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the NCAA Second Round 4-3 win … posted her first collegiate double-bagel win (6-0, 6-0) with the shutout coming against Troy’s Leonie Guijt on Feb. 21.

Doubles:  Final National Ranking: 14 (with Marrit Boonstra); Final ITA South Region Ranking: 3 (with Boonstra); Season-High National Ranking: 14 (with Boonstra, Final) … tallied a 22-14 overall doubles record, including an 18-7 mark in dual match action and a 9-2 stint in SEC play … played the first five dual matches with Barbara Pinterova at the No. 3 position, before teaming with Boonstra, as the pair played the No. 1 (7-3) and No. 2 (8-2) spots … qualified for NCAA Doubles Championships with Boonstra and advanced to the round of 16 after upsetting North Carolina’s No. 4 Grabinski and Marand 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round … 6-7 vs. ranked teams … 5-4 in clinching doubles-point matches.

2008 FALL

Singles:  Capped the fall winning her final three matches – all at the SEC Fall Coaches Classic Gold Flight – after dropping her first four contests to end the season 3-4 entering the winter break.

Doubles:  Also went 3-4 on the doubles court during the fall season, playing with Barbara Pinterova (1-2) and Anastasia Revzina (2-2)

PRIOR TO FLORIDA

Trained at the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Ga. with coaches Atilla Azucki and Pablo Gonzales-King ... Advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2007 USTA ITF Junior Circuit event in South Carolina ... Achieved a ranking of 130th in the ITF Juniors rankings in 2007 ... advanced to the quarterfinals of three singles’ events in 2007 ... played on the U.S. National Team against Great Britain in 2006 … a semifinalist in doubles at the USTA ITF Junior Circuit event in Atlanta ... ranked No. 13 in 2006 in the USTA rankings and eighth in 2005.