Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State women’s tennis team will head to Greenville, SC., this Friday to compete in their first tournament of the fall season. The 22nd annual Furman Fall Classic is divided into eight singles flights and four doubles flights.
“We are very excited to kick off our fall season this weekend in Greenville at the Furman Fall Classic,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “There will be some very good teams and players competing and I think this event will be a good gauge as to where we are at this point.”
Seven out of eight schools competing in the tournament were nationally ranked at the end of the 2008 season. Among the competitors Florida State will match-up against are ACC rivals Clemson and North Carolina, who both finished in the top 20 last season, Furman, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The toughest competitor the Seminoles will face is Northwestern who completed their 2008 season with a final ranking at No. 2.
“I know the team is fired up to compete and everyone is looking forward to our first road trip together. We have high expectations for this season, and this is a great first opportunity to start making some statements early in the year,” said Hyde. “We are really looking forward to the weekend.”
The Seminoles begin their season with three players nationally ranked in the ITA polls. Sophomore Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, FL) leads the squad at No. 24, junior Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, UT) at No. 53 and rounding off Florida State is sophomore Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) at No. 113.
Matches will begin Friday, September 26, and wrap up on Sunday, September 28. Stay in touch with the Seminoles on www.seminoles.com as results will be posted each day.