February 12, 2009 - by
Florida State Faces Paladins and Bulls In Tampa This Weekend

Feb. 12, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In spite of having hosted its only double-header just a few days ago, the twenty-sixth ranked Florida State women’s tennis team will hit the road to compete against Furman University on Saturday, February 14 and No. 55 South Florida on Sunday, February 15.

“We are very excited to be heading to Tampa this weekend to face two tough opponents,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Both of these teams will present challenges for us, and I expect both matches to be very competitive. We need these types of matches right now.”

The Seminoles come into the competition with as many ranked singles’ players (No. 35 Katie Rybakova and No. 53 Federica Suess) as the Paladins with No. 9 Laura Gioia and No. 37 Monica Arguello. Florida State stands unconquered with a 3-0 record against Furman. The last match-up was during the 2003 season with Florida State winning 7-0.

“We need to compete harder and with more courage than we have so far this season,” Hyde said. “I am really anxious to see how the team responds and comes out of the gates this weekend. Every competition is a test for us that helps gauge exactly where we are in the process of the season.”

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The Seminoles will then face the Bulls and their only ranked player, No. 121 Jessica Zok. Hyde’s first season with the Seminoles in 2005 was the last meeting between the two teams as she coached her team to a 4-3 win. Florida State owns the most wins over South Florida with an all-time series record of 22-10.

“Our short term focus is the month of February, which concludes with a February 28th match against the University of Florida,” Hyde said. “Everything we do this weekend and the next weekend against LSU in Baton Rouge will help prepare us for that in-state rivalry.”

Florida State will play both its matches at 11 a.m. beginning this Saturday against Furman.


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