March 10, 2009 - by
Florida State Continues Road Trip In Miami

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 24 Florida State women’s tennis team will continue its week long road trip as they face in-state rival and sixth-ranked Miami tomorrow, March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series record against the Seminoles 18-4.

“We have one of three big matches during this week under our belts, and after a very tough and close fought match against Georgia Tech, the girls are very hungry to get back into competition mode,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We can always expect to have good matches with Miami, and tomorrow will be no different. Every match we have from now until the season ends is big, but tomorrow is especially exciting due to the in-state rivalry. I am very excited to see how the team responds to this and every challenge.”

The last victory for Florida State against Miami came in the 2008 match-up with the Seminoles 5-2 win. Florida State’s upset of Miami was the first win since 2000 and head coach Jennifer Hyde’s first time defeating the Hurricanes throughout her coaching and playing career.

The Garnet and Gold started the match strong in Tallahassee as they notched two wins in doubles to gain one point. Singles was no different as the Seminoles secured the triumph against the Hurricanes by winning the first three matches to make the score 4-0. Clinching the point for Florida State was then sophomore Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) in her conquest over Gina Sabatino 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

“There is still so much to prove this season, and tomorrow is another opportunity for us to get better and compete against a top 10 team,” Hyde said. “The team knows they belong in the upper echelon of the nations programs, and tomorrow is a chance to prove it.”

The Seminoles will look to improve their 7-3 record in Miami, Fla. then head home to Tallahassee to host the Clemson Tigers at 11 a.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

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