April 9, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a season full of highs and lows, the No.18 Florida State women’s tennis team (12-6, 5-4) will look to closeout its season continuing the wave of success by defeating two more Atlantic Coast Conference Opponents. The Seminoles will face No. 73 Boston College Saturday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m. and Maryland Sunday, April 12 at 10 a.m.
“This is our last ACC regular season weekend leading into the ACC Championships, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to finish on a high note,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We are on a bit of a roll right now, and the goal is to keep this ball of momentum rolling into next weekend.”
First up for FSU will be the Eagles of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Seminoles continued to lead the all-time series record (4-0) against the Eagles in 2008 with their victory of 6-1 against the league foe. After earning the doubles point with wins at the top and bottom of the line-up, FSU secured the win with former Seminole Caroline Walter’s dominant 6-0, 6-3 victory on court three.
The Garnet and Gold will have a quick turnaround as they travel to College Park, Md., to face the Terrapins of Maryland. The Terrapins come into the competition with only three wins in the all-time series record as opposed to the Seminoles 13.
Florida State found success in the doubles’ portion of the 2008 match against the Terrapins as Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) and Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas) teamed up to clinch the point. FSU then posted four singles victories to secure the conference win, 5-2.
Neither Boston College nor Maryland will bring in nationally-ranked players this weekend. The absence of ranked opponents will give FSU’s three ranked individuals-No. 30 Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg), No. 65 Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and No. 98 Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) – an opportunity to step up and lead the squad in their final regular season matches.
“As far as hosting the first two rounds of NCAA’s in May, we are sitting in the same spot as we were this time last year and we know exactly what needs to happen in the coming weeks for us to host,” Hyde said. “We have everything to gain so we will continue to do what has allowed us to have some success in the last month or so. We are very excited for what’s ahead.”
Keep up with you Seminoles and how the weekend progresses on www.seminoles.com.