Talking with Florida's Thornqvist and Embree
by Harry Cicma
, 7 June 2012
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Last month, the University of Florida capped off its second straight NCAA Championship with a win over UCLA. Lauren Embree earned the decisive fourth point that clinched the championship for the second time in as many years.
Harry Cicma, who served as color analyst at the NCAA Championships in Athens, talked with Embree and Gator Head Coach Roland Thornqvist.
Questions and Answers
Harry Cicma (HC): The University of Florida has now won the national championship two years in a row. How does it feel to win it again this year?
Lauren Embree (LE):
Lauren Embree of Florida Clinched for Florida
courtesy, Florida Athletics
It's amazing. I still can't believe it just happened again - to go back to back. I'm just so happy - and so proud of my teammates. Last year, I said it was a dream come true. Now it's another dream come true. Our team has worked so hard, and I feel like we just played so well. I'm just proud of them.
Roland Thornqvist (RT): It's much more difficult to do it the second time around - there's no question about that. I could tell that our "Gator mountains" and grass workouts paid off in the semifinals because we looked fresh in the finals. We looked fresh today - I was happy to see that. We played amazing tennis from start to finish in singles and all three doubles, and I'm really really proud of the team.
HC: How proud are you of Lauren Embree, winning the final match, with all the pressure, and for the title?
RT: The last ten minutes of the match, I was just hoping and thinking - and waiting (laughs). I thought that it was going to come, but those were ten long minutes.
But Lauren had been in this situation before. She always comes through on the big points, and I had all the faith in the world that she was going to come through.
HC: How are you both going to celebrate after this Championship?
LE: Right now we're just taking it all in. I'm not really sure what we'll do, but we'll see.
RT: They are competitors. We'll celebrate with a dinner, let it sink in, and then keep moving forward.
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Cicma competed as a junior in USTA/New England and went on to play
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