March 13, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team had a successful spring break with victories over nationally ranked Wake Forest and NC State and the Seminoles’ hard work was acknowledged today with a No. 13 national ranking by ITA/FILA collegiate tennis. The ranking is the highest in program history.
The Seminoles’ previous highest ranking was 1994’s final ranking of No. 17, which was current head coach Jennifer Hyde’s senior year. That season she was a NCAA Championship participant and served as team captain.
The Seminoles concluded last season ranked No. 72 in the nation with a 9-13, 2-10 record. Already this season, Florida State has matched 2006’s totals in both overall and conference wins. Florida State is now 9-3, 2-1. The three loses have been against now No. 1 Georgia, No. 4 Florida and No. 8 Miami.
“It’s great for the team and great to see them get the recognition they are earning,” stated Hyde. “It’s exciting to get the recognition, but we still have a marathon season ahead and a lot of work to put in. It’s important that we continue to focus and continue to work. We’re not where we need to be yet. Now we have to raise the bar and continue to get better. We still haven’t peaked and we need to continue to work towards that.”
Florida State’s schedule for the rest of the season features road matches at No. 7 Clemson on March 23 and No. 6 Georgia Tech on March 25. The Seminoles return to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Mar. 30 against No. 62 Virginia and on April 1 verses No. 67 Virginia Tech.