May 11, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although their season came to a sudden end yesterday in Gainesville after battling in-state rival Florida in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Florida State women’s tennis team hasn’t stopped reaching new levels of success. Earlier today, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2009 ITA Regional Award winners where FSU boasted two names on the list of honorees. Assistant coach Oliver Foreman was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for the South Region while Lauren Macfarlane was awarded the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship.
“I am so happy Oliver received some much deserved recognition for the work he has put in during these last four years at Florida State,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “It’s no coincidence our program made a tremendous jump shortly after he arrived here, and for him to finally get some credit for that among his peers is very special. He has earned every bit of what this accolade represents.
“Lauren is a true sportswoman and a tremendous competitor. Her actions define sportsmanship and what it means to fully embrace that concept. Anyone who has seen her compete and who has had a chance to see her even outside of competition knows what she stands for. She is unbelievably fair and has a true competitive spirit each time she steps on the court. Lauren is very deserving of this award.”
Throughout Foreman’s tenure at Florida State, the East Bourne, England native has taken the Seminoles to a higher level of excellence each year. As one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most reputable assistant coaches, Foreman has helped guide the team to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances while continuously keeping the program among the top 20 teams in the nation. Since his arrival, Foreman has helped the team achieve higher national recognition from No. 72 to a powerhouse that continues to be among the elite. With Foreman’s support, FSU was able to prevail past Georgia Tech, No. 7 at the time, to make an appearance at the semifinals for just the third time in program history. FSU then went on to cruise by No. 33 Auburn in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament to battle Florida in the second round.
“I am unbelievably excited about being recognized for this award,” Foreman said. “There are so many highly regarded and talented assistant coaches in this region and to be recognized amongst an elite group as this is an honor and a privilege. I will continue to do the best with what I have to offer, but at the end of the day it is the girls who step foot on that court that deserve every recognition for the heart, the fight and the determination every single time they pick up a racket and face an opponent on the other side of the net.”
Macfarlane, a junior studying marketing at FSU, was honored with the sportsmanship award for displaying inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team’s performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. Macfarlane kicked-off the 2009 season already being honored as the team’s first ever co-captain. The Ogden, Utah native has had an excellent stint at FSU since arriving on campus in 2006. Macfarlane has been named to the All-ACC Academic Team and also earned All-ACC honors. The Seminole has been an integral part in the program’s success over the past three years including back-to-back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances as well as two-consecutive stints at the conference tournament semifinals. Macfarlane finished the season with 19-9 spring record, playing on both courts two and three. “It’s such an honor to receive this award,” Macfarlane said.
“It means a lot to be receiving this award out of our whole region because there are so many other eligible recipients. I am very thankful for the opportunity Florida State has given me to be a leader and show sportsmanship throughout my collegiate career and intend to continue doing so next year.”