Sept. 20, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team will face another challenging 2011-12 season as head coach Jennifer Hyde announced the schedule this week.
Starting off the season, junior Noemie Scharle will compete in the All-American Qualifier in Malibu, Calif. from Oct. 1-5. Landing a preseason singles ranking of No. 40, Scharle will face other ranked opponents at the tournament with hopes of continuing on to the main draw, which will run from Oct.6-9.
“This is the first national event of the season.” Hyde said. “She will be where she belongs, competing against the nation’s best players.”
Taking a look at the head-to-head schedule, the Seminoles will play non-conference matches with UCF (Jan. 21), Auburn (Feb. 12), USF (Feb.24), Florida (Feb. 29), Pepperdine (Mar.7) and TCU (Mar.21) before they dive into their rigorous ACC schedule.
For the third time in program history, the Seminoles will face Pepperdine, who finished last season in the No. 25 spot of the ITA rankings. The last time the two teams met was in 2010 with the Seminoles claiming victory 6-1. Also, the Noles haven’t seen play with TCU since 2009, when ladies fell, 4-2.
Another tough obstacle for the Seminoles will come on Feb. 29 as they will travel to Gainesville to play rival and defending national champions, Florida. The only victory the Seminoles recorded in the series history against the Gators was in 2009.
The Noles will take on a challenging road schedule. In addition to Florida and Pepperdine, FSU will head to Clemson (Mar.10), NC State (Mar.25), Wake Forest(Mar. 26), North Carolina(Apr.6) and Duke (Apr. 7), all of which were ranked by the ITA last season.
Officially, the Seminoles will debut the spring season at home on Jan. 21 against UCF and will host FIU, USF and Auburn before kicking off ACC play with Miami on Feb. 26. Georgia Tech, TCU, Maryland, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Virginia will also be played at FSU.
Without question, the ACC is the toughest conference in the country, featuring six teams that finished ranked inside the ITA top 15 last season. Every ACC school was represented in those rankings, including Wake Forest who recorded the lowest mark at No.61.
“Our schedule is as strong as any team’s in the country.” Hyde said. “It’s something that’s not taken lightly, and it will ultimately prepare us for the championship part of the season.”
That time of season will start with the ACC Championships, which will be held from April 19-22 in Cary, N.C. In 2011, the Seminoles made it to the title match, achieving the feat for just the second time in school history.
The Seminoles will look to advance past the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championships in 2012, which will begin on May 9. In 2011, the Seminoles advanced to the second round before falling to SMU, 4-3.
The fall season will start off in Greenville, S.C. as the ladies will participate in the Furman Fall Classic on Sept. 23-25. Florida State will also host the Seminole Invitational on Oct. 7-9 and they will also compete in the USF Fall Invitational from Nov.4-6.
The team is scheduled to compete in regional and national events, including the ITA South Regional Championships Oct. 21-24. This event is a qualifier for the ITA Individual Singles and Doubles Championships held at the USTA Tennis Center in New York from Nov. 3-6. The team will also play in the National Team Indoor Championships from Jan. 27-29. The first two rounds of the event will be held in Tallahassee and if the team should advance, they will head to the University of Virginia from Feb. 10-13 for the closing rounds.
The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 23-25: Furman Fall Classic – Greenville, S.C
Oct. 1-5 : All-Amercian Prequalifying/Qualifying – Malibu, Calif.
Oct. 6-9: All-American Main Draw – Malibu, Calif.
Oct. 7-9: Seminole Invitational – Tallahassee, Fla.
Oct. 21-24: ITA South Regional Championships – Gainesville, Fla.
Nov. 3-5: National Individual Indoor Championship – New Haven, CT
Nov. 4-6: USF Fall Invitational- Tampa, Fla.
Jan. 21 : UCF- Tallahassee, Fla.
Jan. 27-29: National Team Indoors: Rounds 1/2 – Tallahassee, Fla.
Feb. 4 : Florida International – Tallahassee, Fla.
Feb. 12 : Auburn – Tallahassee, Fla.
Feb. 10-13: Team Indoor Championships – Charlottesville, Va.
Feb. 24 : USF – Tallahassee, Fla.
Feb. 26 : Miami – Tallahassee, Fla.
Feb. 29 : @Florida – Gainesville, Fla.
Mar. 7 : @Pepperdine – Malibu, Calif.
Mar. 10 : @Clemson – Greenville, S.C
Mar.17 : Georgia Tech – Tallahassee, Fla.
Mar. 21 : TCU – Tallahassee, Fla.
Mar. 24 : @NC State – Raleigh, N.C.
Mar. 25 : @Wake Forest – Winston-Salem, N.C.
Mar. 30 : Maryland – Tallahassee, Fla.
Apr.1 : Boston College – Tallahassee, Fla.
Apr. 6 : @North Carolina – Chapel Hill, N.C.
Apr. 7 : @Duke – Durham, N.C.
Apr.13 : Virginia Tech – Tallahassee, Fla.
Apr. 15 : Virginia – Tallahassee, Fla.
Apr. 19-22: ACC Championships- Cary, N.C.
May 9-13: NCAA Championships – TBD