March 12, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 24 Florida State women’s tennis team will look to bounce back from a two-match losing streak as they face No. 12 Clemson on Sunday, March 15 at 11 a.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. After falling to two Atlantic Coast Conference opponents this week, the Seminoles look to improve their all-time series record against the Tigers as Clemson leads 16-8, with the last victory for Florida State being in 2001.
“Our match against Clemson is the third and final match of our spring break week,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “I know the team is glad to be back home in Tallahassee and sleeping in their beds and their own comfortable environments. We’ve had two tough road matches in the last week and are excited to be home for this big competition.”
In the 2008 match-up, the Seminoles failed to rally against the Tigers’ force as they fell 5-2 for the seventh-straight loss against the ACC opponent. Florida State started the day slow with only one victory throughout doubles, giving Clemson the point. Gaining the doubles’ point gave Clemson the momentum into singles as the Tigers allowed Florida State only two points with then sophomore Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) and former Seminole Carolin Walter defeating two ranked opponents.
Florida State will have another tough match against Clemson as the Tigers’ bring in five-ranked players in No. 1 Ani Mijacika, No. 4 Josipa Bek, No. 76 Estefania Balda, No. 101 Keri Wong and No. 117 Ina Hadziselimovic.
However, the Seminoles look to tame the Tigers with No. 38 Noemie Scharle (Colmar-berg, Luxembourg), No. 41 Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and No. 93 Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany).
“Our last two losses have provided us with some very important learning opportunities, and it’s very important we carry those lessons into our match against Clemson,” Hyde said. “I know the team is itching for some redemption from our losses to Georgia Tech and Miami. It will be a tough battle, as is every ACC match, and they will be ready come Sunday.”
Come cheer the Seminoles on Sunday, March 15 as admission is free and enjoy baked treats made by the team. The Seminoles are accepting donations as all proceeds will be given to the Relay for Life for cancer research.