Feb. 19, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The twenty-sixth nationally ranked Florida State women’s tennis team will look to extend their four game winging streak as they travel to Baton Rouge, La., to face No. 23 LSU on Sunday, February 22 at 12 p.m. The Seminoles lead the overall record against the Tigers 7-6.
“Every year we have great matches with LSU,” head coach Jennifer Hyde. “They always have tough competitive teams, and we expect to have another battle with them again this year.”
With the help of newly ranked freshman Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg), who will debut her talent at No.48 for Florida State, the Seminoles will try to win their second consecutive victory over the Tigers. Sophomores Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs) and Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) continue to be recognized for their talent as Rybakova moved up the rankings to No. 23. Suess is currently ranked at No. 81.
In last year’s match-up against the Tigers, Suess battled LSU’s Staten Spencer in a nail-biting three-set match to clinch the win for Florida State, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Junior co-captains Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) and Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas) teamed up to solidify the Seminoles’ doubles point with their 8-6 victory over LSU’s Staten Spencer and Nicole Kantor.
“We are coming off a great weekend in Tampa and need to carry that momentum with us to Baton Rouge,” Hyde said. “From here on out, every match we play is another opportunity for us to improve and a chance for people to start stepping up and lead us into our ACC season.”