March 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although the No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team owns the all time series record against No. 8 Georgia Tech 16-8, the Seminoles have been unsuccessful for the past four seasons in dodging the Yellow Jackets’ sting. Head coach Jennifer Hyde will have the chance to end the streak as Florida State will travel to Atlanta, Ga., Sunday, March 8, to face the Yellow Jackets at 12 p.m in their Atlantic Coast Conference season opener.
“We expect another battle with Georgia Tech,” Hyde said. “We are looking to carry the momentum we have gained in the last few weeks and use it in Atlanta. As we head into the ACC portion of our schedule, we are taking each match one step at a time.”
In last season’s match-up with Georgia Tech, the Seminoles were delayed on two separate occasions, with the first match rescheduled due to severe weather and the second attempt delayed for three hours on account of heavy rain. Despite coming out strong with then No. 30 ranked Katie Rybakova’s (Coral Springs, Fla.) upset of No. 4 Amanda McDowell, the Seminoles were unable to hold off the Yellow Jackets, falling 4-3. Georgia Tech will bring elite competition this weekend with four ranked players in No. 5 Irina Falconi, No. 18 Amanda McDowell, No. 44 Christy Striplin and No. 53 Noelle Hickey. The Yellow Jackets will also feature a pair of nationally ranked doubles’ team with No. 6 McDowell and Falconi and No. 16 Striplin and Hickey.
Florida State will utilize their ranked singles’ players to battle for the victory and set the foundation for the ACC season as No. 38 Noemie Scharle (Colmar-berg, Luxembourg), No. 41 Rybakova and No. 93 Federica Suess all represent the Garnet and Gold.
“This is the best time of the year for college tennis players is when the competition is fierce and the opportunities are there for the taking,” Hyde added. “We are really looking forward to what’s ahead, yet staying very focused on what’s directly in front of us.”