April 28, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Leading the No. 18 Florida State women’s tennis (16-7) team to its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance will be FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde. The Garnet and Gold will travel to Gainesville, home of their in-state rival Florida, in just one week to compete in the first two rounds of the tournament. The Seminoles face No. 33 Auburn (11-12) on May 8th at the Linder Stadium at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.
“When I saw Fresno State come up as a host, I knew we weren’t going to have the chance to host and therefore going to Florida,” Hyde said. “We are excited. All the waiting has been a little bit draining so finding out is great. We have something to look forward to next weekend with the kick-off against Auburn. We’re going to play as a unit. I am looking forward to it.”
Florida State finished the season fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Auburn took the tenth spot in the South Eastern Conference. If successful in moving past the Tigers, FSU will battle the winner of Florida (14-9) and College of Charleston (24-4).
Although the Seminoles will not be hosting this year, the squad is excited about the opportunity to battle against the Gators for the second time this year. The two foes faced each other earlier in the season where FSU conquered Florida, 5-2, for the first time in program history.
“Last year we hosted and didn’t advance to the round of 16,” Hyde said. “The bottom line is you have to win two matches. Sometimes there are more distractions when you’re at home. At times when you play away there is a little bit less pressure on you. We are going to take advantage of that.”
Keep track of Florida State’s journey through the tournament as the team will be writing a diary of the weekend on www.seminole.com.