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UF's Kuhlman is NCAA Elite 90 award winner

182 days ago
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ATHENS, Ga. - The Florida women's tennis team has seemingly accomplished everything there during its illustrious program history.

The Gators have won a number of national, indoor and conference championships. Members of the team have been honored with countless awards from the national player and freshman of the year to Honda Award recipients.

There was just one individual honor that has eluded Gators until now.

Junior Josie Kuhlman became the recipient of that prestigious one as she was honored as the 2017 NCAA Elite 90 Award Winner for women's tennis at the team banquet on the eve of the NCAA Championships round of 16 being held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The honor goes to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average at the final site of each of the NCAA's 90 championships.

She is the second Gator student-athlete in any sport to claim the honor since its inception in 2010, with gymnastics' Alex McMurtry being honored earlier this season.

Kuhlman carries a 4.0 grade point average in public relations while competing on the nation's top-ranked team. The junior from Ponte Vedra, Fla., plays the No. 2 singles position in the Gator's dual match lineup and is currently ranked No. 23 in the country. Kuhlman pairs with Belinda Woolcock on the doubles court, where the tandem is one win shy of tying the program record for the most wins (21) at the three spot in a season.

Kuhlman and the Gators return to action Friday, when the team plays No. 20 Texas A&M in the NCAA Round of 16 with first-serve scheduled for 7 p.m.