Jan. 29, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 20th-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team will not have to travel far to face tough competition for this weekend’s event in Atlanta, Ga. The Seminoles will compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships as ACC rival No. 8 Georgia Tech also plays host to No. 21 Arizona State and No. 25 TCU.
“We are fired up for this weekend’s matches in Atlanta and the first two rounds of the National Indoor Championships,” said Head Coach Jennifer Hyde. “We have a great opportunity this weekend and the ability to position ourselves to make it to the final site of the National Indoors for the first time in school history.”
The Seminoles will face stiff competition with all three opponents having ranked players on their squad. Georgia Tech leads the way with four singles’ players and a pair of doubles’ team. The Seminoles will utilize its ranked players as sophomore’s No. 35 Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and No. 53 Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) face lone ranked Arizona State player, No. 3 Kelcy McKenna.
“The four schools in our regional are all very tough, and whoever gets through this weekend 2-0 will have to play some very good tennis,” said Hyde “This is a great opportunity for our team to make an early statement and I am really looking forward to see how we perform and position ourselves to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Competition will begin Saturday, January 31 as Florida State matches up against Arizona State. If successful, the Seminoles will then face the winner of Georgia Tech and TCU at 2:30. If the Seminoles lose in the first round, they will face the other loser between Georgia Tech and TCU.