April 13, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It’s tournament time for the No. 18 Florida State women’s tennis team who finished fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 14-6 overall record and 7-4 in the conference. With the regular season now behind them, the Seminoles look to utilize the momentum from their seven-match winning streak to lift them past NC State in the first round of the ACC Tournament beginning Thursday, April 16 at 12:00 p.m. If successful, FSU will then face fourth seeded Georgia Tech Friday, April 17 at 12:00 p.m.
“The most exciting time of the year for college tennis players is when the championships season rolls around,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “As far as looking ahead to this coming weekend, we are exactly where we want to be. We have a huge wave of momentum and we plan to continue to ride that wave into the ACC Championships this weekend.”
Florida State has already cruised by NC State this year as the Seminoles dominated the Wolfpack, 6-1, just two weekends ago. FSU opened the match controlling the singles courts with five wins. The Seminoles then went on to close out the battle in doubles. After an 11-match doubles slump, Florida State found success in all three courts with victories against NC State.
At the 2008 Tournament, FSU rolled past Boston College in the first round, 4-0, to then face No. 11 Miami in the second round. There, FSU finally got the revenge they longed for as the Seminoles upset the Hurricanes in a 4-2 win to earn a spot at the semifinal for just the second time in school history. The end of the road came in the third round as FSU fell to No. 9 Duke, 4-2, after earning the doubles point but falling in singles.
Florida State enters the championships with a 17-17 tournament record and has only fallen twice in the first round of the 16 years in competition at the league tournament. NC State will enter the face-off with two nationally-ranked players in No. 104 Lenka Hojkova and No. 113 Berkeley Brock.The duo also team to make the No. 41 doubles tandem the Seminoles will have to be cautious of.
“This team is feeling confident and playing as a strong unit right now,” Hyde said. “We are very excited for what’s ahead and chomping at the bit to get to North Carolina and start this post season.”
Keep up with the Seminoles as live stats will be available through www.seminoles.com. A daily photo gallery of the team will also be posted each afternoon of the tournament beginning with Thursday’s match.