Feb. 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team will host its lone double-header of the season as Georgia State and UNC-Greensboro travel to Tallahassee this weekend. The No. 26 Seminoles will be the only team ranked coming into both matches.
“We have two very good teams coming in,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “This will be a good warm-up for our ACC season.”
The Seminoles will first match-up against the Georgia State Panthers at 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 8. This will be the fifth meeting for both teams, with Florida State unconquered at 4-0 in the series record. The Panthers will look to utilize their only ranked player, Diana Nakovic, as she is regionally ranked at No. 24.
“It is going to be tough going back-to-back, but we want to challenge the girls and see what they are capable of doing when their back is against the wall,” said Hyde. “We will be a little fatigued this weekend, but it will be good for us.”
Next up to battle the Garnet and Gold will be the UNC-Greensboro Spartans at 2 p.m. as they travel down to Tallahassee for the first time in school history. The Spartans will come in to the match-up with only one nationally ranked opponent, No. 40 Alejandra Guerra.
“It’s difficult to prepare for something like this, but the girls will be ready for it,” said Hyde. “We get excited about every chance we get to play at home.”
In an extra effort to raise money for breast cancer awareness, the women’s tennis players are teaming up with some of the men’s tennis players to bake treats for the rest of the home matches. Florida State is asking fans to do their part and help out by donating what they can. All donations will be given to the Relay for Life campaign.
“We are going to try to raise as much money as we can for breast cancer awareness,” said Hyde.
Live state will be available throughout the game on www.seminoles.com.