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Florida State Women’s Tennis Faces San Diego State In First Round Of NCAA Tournament

May 12, 2007


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Los Angeles – No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis (15-7, 8-5) begins the NCAA Tournament against San Diego State (14-11, 6-2 MWC) on May 12, 2007 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on UCLA’s campus.

First Serve – San Diego State
The Seminoles hold a 2-0 all-time record over the Aztecs; both wins came in 2001 and 2005. Florida State is no stranger to San Diego State; this past fall season the Seminoles participated in the San Diego Fall Classic coming out victorious. Florida State was undeafeted going 8-0 in singles and 4-0 in doubles against the Aztecs.

Last Serve – Boston College/Miami ACC Tournament
Florida State left the ACC Tournament going 1-1. Florida State dominated Boston College 4-0 after a three hour rain delay. The next day, the Seminole fell 4-3 to the No. 9 Miami Hurricanes. Although the Seminoles lost the match, Lauren Macfarlane was able to win her singles match to enter the top 10 all-time dual match singles season wins.

NCAA Tournament History
Florida State has a 2-10 record in the NCAA Tournament with its last victory in 2004 against Marshall. The team’s first win came in 2000 against Illinois. Making its first team appearance in 1994, Head Coach Jennifer Hyde’s senior year, the team fell to No. 16 Arizona 5-3. The Seminoles first saw action in the singles championship in 1983 when Jaime Kaplan fell to Rice’s Tracy Blumentritt 6-3, 3-6, 0-6.

Two For Twenty
No. 93 freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) reached a milestone by becoming the tenth women’s tennis player to record 20 or more dual match single season wins against Miami. What is most surprising about this list is that four of the nine student-athletes currently on the list were freshmen when they achieved this feat. To add to this list freshman Jessica Wente is only three wins away from this feat as well. The most recent person to accomplish this feat was Mihaela Moldovan who went 26-0 in 2004.

20 Dual Match Singles Season Wins
Name Year Wins
Patti Henderson 1986 20
Buffy Baker* 1988 21
Keri Preng 1990 20
Audra Brannon* 1991 21
Kia Asberg 1999 24
Jessica Balbuena* 1999 21
Marina Raic* 1999 22
Kia Asberg 2000 20
Mihaela Moldovan 2004 26
* – freshman year

`Noles In The Poles
After defeating Boston College 4-0 in the ACC Tournament and falling to No. 9 Miami 4-3, Florida State rose from No. 18 to No. 17 in the national ITA/FILA rankings. The Seminoles were ranked No. 13 on March 13, the highest in program history. To begin the season Florida State was ranked 61 in the nation. The Seminoles have been advancing up the rankings making stops at No. 59, 58, 50, 27, 13, 15, 18, 17, 14, 18 and now 17.

Florida State currently has two players ranked in singles and two teams in doubles. At No. 59 is freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah). At No. 102 is senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland). Slater (Ayr, Scotland) and junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) have upset doubles teams all season to earn a ranking of No. 16. Slater and Macfarlane are ranked No. 46 in doubles as well.

What A Year Does To A Team
Florida State had the best turn around in program history as the Seminoles have achieved multiple firsts.
* Achieved the highest ranking ever in the history of the FSU women’s tennis program at No. 13.
*After finishing the 2006 season ranked No. 72 in the nation, FSU has been ranked in the top 19 for the last 9 weeks.
*Last season, FSU lost to Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, UVA and Maryland. This year FSU defeated all six teams and had two 4-3 losses to No. 9 Miami, as well as a 4-3 loss to No. 4 Florida.
* In 2006, FSU finished tenth in the ACC. This season, FSU finished No. 5 in the strongest conference in the nation.
* In 2006 the Seminoles did not make the NCAA Tournament. This season, FSU was one spot shy of hosting the NCAA Regionals.
* In 2006, FSU’s biggest wins came against No. 67 and No. 68 in the nation. This year, FSU has wins over No 19, No. 22, No. 27, No. 32, No. 36, No. 39, No. 45, No. 60, with NO losses outside of the top 11 in the nation.
*In 2006, FSU was shut out three times and only blanked one team. In 2007, FSU was shut out only once. The biggest change came when they shut out five teams, including Boston College twice for a total of six matches.
* FSU defeated Duke for the first time since 1983 and the first time since FSU joined the ACC in 1992.
* Doubles team Lauren Macfarlane and Nicola Slater played in the South Region final and was invited to the 2006 Indoor National Championships, the first doubles team or singles player in program history to be invited.

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