Oct. 31, 2008
Tallahassee– Florida State has something to cheer about today and it’s not only about hosting the Seminole Invitational this weekend. Sophomore Katie Rybakova has been chosen to compete at the 2008 National Indoors Championship beginning Thursday November 6th.
“I’m so thrilled that Katie was chosen to compete in this year’s National Indoor Championships,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Last year, she just missed the cut and for her to be included in the best field in college tennis this year is fitting. She had a tremendous freshman year last year and has played consistently this fall as well. For her to be recognized and selected for this event speaks volumes.”
No. 24 Rybakova will be facing elite competion in just two weeks at the University of Virginia’s Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville. Competition will consist of 32 singles matches and 16 doubles teams with a mandatory consolation for the first round losses. The Coral Springs native will hit the courts on November 6 for the first round of singles matches followed by the second round and qualifying singles Friday November 7th. Saturday November 8th will consist of semifinals for singles matches while Sunday November 9th will be reserved for the championship matches.
“Katie will approach this national event with a more prepared mentality, knowing she now has more experience under her belt,” said Hyde. “It will be a very exciting weekend in Virginia.”
Rybakova is coming off of successful matches at the 2008 Wilson/ITA South Regionals Championship. Third seeded Rybakova concluded regionals with a 4-1 record, going as far as semifinals where she was defeated by the No. 1 seed, Georgia’s Chelsey Gullickson, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
Thus far, Rybakova has been triumphant on and off the courts. Just a few days ago, Rybakova was honored for her accomplishments in the classroom as she was given the Golden Torch Award for the top academic performer on the women’s tennis team.
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